Penguins and Cheese Ball Igloo

Sherry Watson


I found these cute great conversation pieces in 1999. I was working in Sioux Narrows, Ontario Canada. We were having our Christmas Party and had to bring a dish. When I saw this recipe I thought what a great thing to make. It was way easier than I thought. I have been making a Styrofoam Igloo because I was always coming home with the cheese ball. People would say it was too cute to eat. Now every year my husband's office only want the Penguins because they are delicious and so cute as a centre piece.


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A Crowd
1 Hr
No-Cook or Other


  • 4 oz
    philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 can(s)
    colossal black olives pitted
  • 1 can(s)
    small black olives pitted
  • 1
  • 18
    long cocktail toothpick

How to Make Penguins and Cheese Ball Igloo


  1. Peel the carrot and cut into eighth inch thick circles and cut out a V to resemble the penguins feet. Keep the piece to put in the small black olive as the penguin's beak. Now take the colossal olive and slit down one side so you can put a piece of cream cheese in to represent the penguin's white front. This becomes the body. Take the small V carrot piece, you are going to put it in the small black olive by making a slit in the olive and push in the piece. This becomes the head. Now to assemble; put the long cocktail toothpick through the head into the body and onto the feet. You have 1 Penguin. Make as many as you like. I always make 18 - 24 Penguins. People love to eat them.
  2. Now for the cheese ball I make my favourite one. It has to be in the shape of an igloo. Put the cheese ball in a small bowl lined with plastic wrap. After set turn the ball onto a platter or board lined with aluminium foil. Take off the plastic wrap. Spread cream cheese over the cheese ball and make lines on it that resembles ice blocks. Make the entrance of the Igloo by making blocks from the cream cheese and attaching them to the cheese ball.
  3. To assemble it on your platter, make it look how ever you like. I put a Canadian Flag on the top of the Igloo, holly near the door, Christmas trees around etc. So that's why I started using a styrofoam igloo because it looked to cute to eat I was always told.

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About Penguins and Cheese Ball Igloo

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Canadian

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