I don’t think there is one kid in Sweden that does not know what a chocolate ball is. Now these days it has a few new names, chocolate ball, coconut ball, oat ball, it changed name probably in the 80’s to be more politically correct. I am not going to say it but I grew up with it called The “N” word ball.
The reason it is so popular with kids is that it does not involve any knives or heat. You just mix all the ingredients together and you can eat it right after. What kid wouldn’t want that dessert?
And if you were lucky it passed the test for your parents of being eaten on other days than Saturdays, the only day eating candy was allowed. Yes, as a kid in Sweden eating candy was only allowed on Saturdays. They even make candy bags in the stores that are named, “Saturday Candy.” Every week when our neighborhood kids got their Saturday allowance we used to run to the kiosk and get mixed candy for our allowance.
This Chocolate ball I enjoy even as an adult, and deep down it still doesn’t feel as sinful as eating candy.
I roll these balls in coconut flakes, but you can roll them in pearl sugar or not roll them at all. Also it includes coffee, as a kid I used to use instant coffee and it worked just fine. These days I just make an espresso and use a tablespoon of that.
Swedish Chocolate Balls “Chokladbollar”
1/4 lb or 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp strong coffee (cold)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
Roll in coconut flakes or pearl sugar
Mix butter, sugar and coffee together first and then add all the other ingredients. Make sure the butter is mixed in well. The batter should be easy to roll and not too sticky, you can adjust consistency with oats or coffee.
Roll batter into about 25 small balls and roll them in pearl sugar or coconut flakes.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours.