I just came back from a trip to Sweden where I got to spend some long overdue time with family and friends. During my trip I of course indulged in all sorts of delicious, Sweden-specific foods and treats. Although I'm not quite sure of the origins of these mouth watering chocolate balls, I do know I've never found anything like them in Canada, so whenever I have a bad chocolate craving I whip up a batch myself. They are easy to make, fun for kids to help with, and require no baking so they are quick too!
Traditional chocolate balls rolled in pearl sugar
What you need:
100g butter (room temperature)
2/3 cups sugar
3-5 tbsp cocoa powder (depending on how chocolaty you would like them)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cold coffee (you can also use water, but coffee really enhances the chocolate flavour)
2 cups oats
Decoration to roll them in - The most common decoration in Sweden is "pearl sugar" but I have yet to find it here in Canada. So sprinkles, shredded coconut or chopped nuts would work just as well!)
Rolled in sprinkles, vary with different flavoured sprinkles for yummy varieties
How to make them:
Mix all ingredients (except the decoration) in a bowl. Mix with hands until you have no clumps of butter left (let your kids help with this part, they will love squeezing the gooey mess in their hands).
Use a spoon or cookie scoop to measure out batter and roll it in your hands until you have a nice, smooth ball.
Roll the ball in whichever decoration you prefer.
If you have some restraint, try to refrigerate them for 30 minutes or longer. They can of course be eaten at room temperature, but if you can manage to wait a bit, they are even better cold!