By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Which cheese ball belongs at your party this year? If we were betting folks here at Allrecipes, we'd wager this one.

Buttermilk Ranch Cheeseball

This sphere of creamy goodness happens to be on Allrecipes' list of Top Pinned Recipes of All Time. It's quick. It's easy. You can serve it up in just 15 minutes. It's pretty much the GCBOAT (Greatest Cheese Ball of All Time).

Photo by Pam-3BoysMama

But Buttermilk Ranch Cheeseball better watch out. These five contenders are gaining momentum.

1. Easy Cheese Ball II

This simple, 4-ingredient masterpiece is even better with real bacon bits. See how to make it.


2. Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

A sweet alternative that tastes like a chocolate chip cheesecake (#Protip: You might warn folks that it's a dessert rather than a savory). Serve with graham crackers or chocolate wafers.

Photo by MomTo6

3. Tailgating Spicy Taco Cheese Ball

Creamy smooth yet flamin' hot. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

Photo by mis7up

4. Spinach Artichoke Feta Ball

Fans of feta: This cheese ball is for you! Especially good with pita chips (which you can also make from scratch).

Photo by marlakay

5. Fantastic Gorgonzola and White Wine Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is the one to watch. Make it and sip your glass of wine with pride as it's devoured by your nearest and dearest.

Photo by jrbaker