In Sweden, you will hardly find anybody who does not like chocolate balls. This treat is one of the first dishes we learn in our cooking classes in school and usually the one that all children love to make. Why? It is easy, takes no time and it is chocolate!
I made these for work as a Swedish treat and everyone loved it. So I thought I will share the recipe here. In Sweden we call them "chokladbollar". Since you basically just mix all the ingredients and roll them into round shapes, you can make them bite-sized or into giant balls. I remember during high school, me and a close friend would buy one chocolate ball and share it as it was so big, in our favorite Cafe. Serving it with a nice cup of coffee or tea is simply delicious. I love the pearl sugar around the balls, however if it is hard to find it here in UK, you can use desiccated coconut to garnish them. I usually buy my pearl sugar in one of the Scandinavian shops in London, for instance the shop Totally Swedish.
Serves: ca 20 chocolate balls
Time: max 20 minutes
150 g butter
2,5 dl sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste or 1,5 tsp vanilla extract
4,5 tbsp cocoa powder
4 dl oats
1,5 dl desiccated coconut
3 tbsp cold instant coffee (if you do not like the coffee taste, you can use water instead)
Garnish with pearl sugar or desiccated coconut.
1- Mix the butter and sugar well, make sure that the butter is not too soft otherwise the batter will be runny. Give it a taste and see if more oats or sugar should be added.
2- Mix in the rest of the ingredients and roll them to rounds shapes.
3- Roll the balls in pearl sugar or desiccated coconut. Make sure they are well coated. They should be refrigerated for 15 minutes to set, before eating them.