One of the most important parts of a Swede’s day is ‘fika’ – quite simply a drink (usually coffee or squash), and something sweet to eat – often around 2pm.
And one of the most popular sweet things to eat is ‘Choklad bollar’ (chocolate balls) a mixture of butter, sugar, oats, coffee, vanilla essence and cocoa powder, rolled into small balls, and put in to the fridge to harden.
However, there are also the white version, usually named ‘Kokos bollar’ (Coconut balls), which are rolled in dried coconut strands. Sometimes, they are mixed together – chocolate balls rolled in coconut!
However, Maya, not being too keen on coconut, and wanting to make ‘snowballs’, decided to roll hers in ‘pärl socker’ (pearl sugar)..
Ingredients translation :
100g soft butter/margarine
1 dl sugar (about 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
2 – 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
3 dl oats (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 – 3 tablespoons of cold coffee
Simply mix them up, roll them in to small balls, and roll in coconut strands or pearl sugar.
(And omit the cocoa powder and coffee to make Maya’s snowballs!)
Set in the fridge overnight to harden – before eating! Yum!