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Ham & Cheese Pops

Yield: 20 balls

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Southeast Dairy Association - Ham and Cheese Pops
These easy ham and cheese appetizers are like mini cheese balls on a stick and are great for a kid-friendly snack. For another serving option, you can omit the pretzel and the cucumber slice and serve the ham and cheese pops on a platter alongside bread, crackers or veggies slices.


  • 8 ounces 1/3-less fat softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced ham
  • 20 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 20 pretzel sticks
  • 20 slices English cucumber


Combine cream cheese, mustard and paprika in a small bowl; mix until well combined. Fold in Cheddar, ham and half of crushed crackers. Moisten hands lightly with water and shape mixture into 20 (1-inch) balls. Gently roll in remaining cracker crumbs; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. When ready to serve, poke pretzel sticks into cheese balls and place each on a cucumber slice.

Nutritional information per serving: One lollipop=87 calories, 3 g protein, 4 g carb, 0 g fiber, 6.7g fat (3.5 g sat fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 57 mg calcium

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