Sweet Ballz Brand Cake Balls Are a Real Thing

Categories: Dude Food

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I was sure it was a parody. A news release touting Sweet Ballz, a Dallas-based company specializing in marble-sized confections read like a Saturday Night Live sketch. Co-founders of the company had been making cake balls for friends and family for years and had recently found a way to manufacture them on a larger scale. Now Sweet Ballz were available at 7-Eleven's everywhere, for $1.99 to $2.99, depending on your location.

If that sounds innocuous, the release marked the beginning of testicular cancer awareness month, which is conveniently this June. Every Sweet Ballz purchase would help save testicles, the release read, concluding with a reminder to check your own family jewels every month.

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No joke
It's not a joke. James McDonald started the company earlier this year after whipping up a batch of cake balls for his friends over a game of Pictionary. His balls were a hit, McDonald found a partner and a manufacturer, and now they're available in more than 4,000 locations across the country.

While trying to conduct an interview with a modicum of professionalism, I asked McDonald about the innuendo. Just saying "balls" out-loud causes adolescent boys to snort -- had he really picked a branding mechanism he could back with a straight face? "We have a very fun name," he said, without as much as a snicker. "We're not being perverted or trying to cross the line," he added. "Everyone can do that on their own."

It's hard not to.

Minutes later, after a quick jaunt to the 7-Eleven that's right across the street from the Observer's office, McDonald's balls were in mouths of half the Observer staff. They are dense, fudgy orbs covered in frosting that evokes a Hostess snack cake, and about as good. Boxes of four of McDonald's balls come in cookies and cream, red velvet and chocolate flavor and are located at the front counter of 7-Elevens everywhere.

If you don't see them at the front counter of your local convenience store, try the sweets section where hand pies and individual cakes wait to poison you. Product placement at retail outlets can be a real ball-buster.


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13 comments
noppe
noppe

The 7-11 that I live by just received these in two days ago. I was excited to try them. They looked good, and I had seen them advertised on Shark Tank. Please, for the love of all things Holy, save your money. These were the nastiest balls I've ever put in my mouth.

jumpnjap6969
jumpnjap6969

trying to find the red velvet flavor one in hampton roads area?

johnsfakeemail
johnsfakeemail

I just checked in two 7-11 in Gaithersburg MD and they had never heard of them :/  Anybody know where you can get these things?  Are they regional, or 7-11 everywhere?

joseph.quinn.07
joseph.quinn.07

Too bad you can only get them from 7-11. I've had a gourmet version from www.OrlandoCakeBalls.com who ships direct to your door and they were amazing. Tiramisu cake balls made with espresso and amaretto, to die for!

sebastianchucky
sebastianchucky

Where have these been my whole life? Sweet Ballz just made late night munchies at 7-11 fun again! I would have bought more but they only had 2 left.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Wouldn't mind teabaggin a pair of those.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Never had sweet balls. I do get vinegar balls sometimes in the summer.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

They look too much like a Hostess snowball and Hostess snowballs sound too much like snowballs, which is ok if you are in the moment, but doesn't work for an office snack or luncheon dessert.

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

My Schweti Balls are far better.  The ladies cannot wait to put my Schweti balls in their mouths!

nick545
nick545

@primi_timpano They actually work perfect for an office snack, not too filling, and are smaller than the picture above appears. Try them out, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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