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Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)


"This is a classic Swedish recipe, beloved by every Swede. It is one of the first things children learn to make, and it's enjoyed greatly by all ages. The balls can either be bite-sized or giant, whichever seems more appealing. Or make one big ball, and many small ones. Additional cocoa powder or chocolate can be added to intensify the flavor."
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2 h 20 m servings 90 cals
Original recipe yields 48 servings


  • Calories:
  • 90 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.9g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 30 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Mix the oats, sugar, and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the butter, and use your hands to mix the ingredients together to make a thick dough. Mix in the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate until thoroughly blended.
  2. Place the coconut flakes in a small bowl. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll between your hands to make small balls, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in the coconut flakes. Balls are ready to eat, or may be refrigerated 2 hours to become firmer.


  • Editor's Note
  • These chocolate balls are also often flavored with Swedish 'Punsch' liqueur or arrak extract, which gives them their name as 'Arrak Balls.' They can also be rolled in chocolate sprinkles or chopped toasted almonds. Place the balls in small paper candy cups for serving at holiday parties.

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I live in Sweden,but I am from the States and yes this is a staple in every house. The recipe for chocolate balls is on every package of oatmeal here. The only difference between this recipe and...

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Not one person in my family liked them. Very disappointing. Two stars for no bake.

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I live in Sweden,but I am from the States and yes this is a staple in every house. The recipe for chocolate balls is on every package of oatmeal here. The only difference between this recipe and...

Great!.. 5 stars for no-bake, tasty, chewy and for making me eat oatmeal!.. I wasn't sure if I'd like oatmeal raw!. I was worried they'd be hard to chew but they wern't; tomorrow they may softe...

love love love these so easy so tasty. i dusted half with unsweetened cocoa and half with powdered sugar (instead of coconut) great presentation great bitter chocolate/sweet chocolate dichotomy

OMG, Angelica! Change your name to Angel! I'd give this 100*s if I could! This is exactly what my Norwegian Grandmother fed me when I was sick as a little kid! I had forgotten! They're so q...

My husband, who is from Sweden, loved these chocolate balls. He said it reminded him of home and was so excited when he tried them because they tasted exactly how he remembered them.

These are a joy for your taste buds! I mix the coconut in with the batter.

I gave these out as part of my Christmas cookie platter to family, friends and neighbors; and it was everyone's favorite. Best once they sit and meld flavors for a day. Yummy :)

These are a treat I remember as a child as well, and have been looking for a similar recipe, and this is it! I added a touch more strong liquid coffee, and some coconut in the mix as well. They ...

Quick, easy and delicious! Perfect for the holidays! I topped them with melted chocolate chips and then sprinkled with coconut. Another idea would be to add a whole almond to the top or middle ...