Today we share the traditional Scandinavian recipe for Coconut Balls. And then, some twists from across the world.
But first, the promised recipe, which is super quick and easy. If you have young children at home, this is the perfect time for a bit of bonding in the kitchen. They get to work with their hands (no electrical appliances needed), and it’s fun.
Coconut balls have evolved over the centuries with a few surprises on the inside. Yet, the classic coconut balls remain a winner all over the world! The traditional basic recipe:
The Classic Recipe!
TIME: 30 mins
A good idea is to put the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It makes it easier to roll the balls to size.
It also tastes so much nicer when kept in the fridge: Especially during summer or in a warm climate.
The 11th of May is a very important day in Sweden for those with a sweet tooth. This is the one day in the year when they can eat at many Coconut Balls as they wish! The Swedes devoted this one day, every year, to making and eating loads of chocolate balls. Or as it is known in Sweden, “chokladbollar” (pronounced “hoclabollah”).
This delicious Nordic cuisine dates back to World War II in 1943. The first publication with the recipe was the “Svenska Dagbladet”, in Sweden. Shortly thereafter, a similar recipe was published in Denmark. The book was called “Ingenuity in times of crisis”.
Hungarians swopped the oatmeal for cookie crumbs (the Dutch do the same). The ingredients are slightly different in that they also use grated dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and powdered sugar.
Use the same method as above, but with the following ingredients.
In addition to the above, the Hungarians have another twist. Their “Kókuszgoly” are small rum balls rolled in sugar and the oats are replaced by nuts and raisins.
Israel uses cookie crumbs instead of oatmeal. In Hebrew, a chocolate ball is called “kadur shokolad” ( כדור ).
The traditional Brazilian version does not use either oatmeal or cookie crumbs. They have condensed milk in their recipe and it is called “Brigadeiros”.
Denmark also added the rum twist to their Coconut Balls and it is called “Romkugle”, “Trøffel” or “Sputnik”. They too use crumbed cookies instead of oatmeal. You’ll get about 8 rum balls from the following mixture.