If the ridiculously cute cheese-ball shapes from Michelle Buffardi's Great Balls of Cheese ($17) haven't caught your eye, then surely the triple-chocolate cheese ball will do the trick. Semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa powder swirled into cream cheese make for one powerfully rich chocolate cheese ball.
This particular cheese ball is massive. If you're going to a smaller holiday party, then plan on cutting the recipe in half . . . that is, unless you want to divide the cheese ball into two smaller ones and hoard the extra for later. This cheese ball tastes like dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, making it an excellent vessel for graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and strawberries.