Chocolate Snowballs Recipe

Today I had a huge craving for something sweet, so I made some Chocolate Snowballs – an easy treat that you can freeze, is a favourite with kids and a no bake. In Finland, this recipe is a very traditional sweet and often the first thing that a child learns how to make in the kitchen, since they’re super easy, hardly any ingredients, no knives involved and no stoves or ovens! I remember learning how to make this at about five years old and I still make them – over 20 years later. We often have Chocolate Snowballs at children’s parties or on Saturdays – that are the Swedish and Finnish day when children can have sweets after dinner.

The Snowballs are also very easy to make vegan or gluten free. For vegan – use vegan or milk free butter. For gluten free – use gluten free oats. I always use the darkest cocoa powder that I can find, since it brings a deeper flavour and makes it a bit less sweet and sugary.

 

Ingredients;

300gr butter

3dcl sugar

6 tablespoons of cocoa powder

8dcl oats

4 tablespoons of water

2.5dcl (1 cup) shredded coconut

 

How to make them;

  1. Combine the sugar and the butter to a dough. The sugar and butter should be well combined and smooth. Use your hands for this.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, oats and the water and combine with your hands. Make sure that everything is an even dough and that there aren’t any specks of sugary butter left.
  3. Grab 2 flat plates. On one of them, add the shredded coconut and put the other one on the right hand side of the coconut plate.
  4. Roll little balls of the mix to smooth balls and the roll them in the coconut. Place the Snowballs on the empty plate.
  5. Once you’re done, put the Chocolate Snowballs in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and set.
  6. Enjoy!
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UPDATE: Emergency Travel Kit 2

I’ve totally forgotten that I’ve updated my Emergency Kit for my travels and so I’m going to share this update with you. Perhaps you already have these things in your travel kit and if you don’t then I hope you can have some use of my idea. Remember that this is only one way to do this and is only supposed to give you guys a general idea of how you can do it. The possibilities are endless when it comes to putting together an Emergency Travel Kit and should always be varied depending on your needs, the length of your travel, ways of travel & wallet. The only wrong thing to do is NOT bringing a kit with you or not putting any thought behind putting it together – and therefore missing vital things when you open it!

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This kit is basic food kit that I always bring with me and it contains:

  • A couple of packs of ketchup, mustard & mayonnaise.
  • Small packs of salt & pepper (not in the picture)
  • A pack or two of wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger. I absolutely LOVE sushi and so I always have these things. Plus they’re good on a salad if you haven’t bought a dressing.
  • Dark chocolate or a bar of candy, just in case I need something to eat while I wait. Sometimes I bring fruit too or a homemade sandwich,
  • Plastic cutlery and/or chop sticks. Usually I bring chop sticks if I’m flying on a plane, since the security officers often take the plastic cutlery away for security reasons.

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Where do I get all the stuff from and how much does it cost me, you might wonder. Well, most of the things I bring with me are free or near to free. The condiments (ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper etc) are always free – you simply take them from your local McDonalds, Burger King or whatever other fast food place that have them for free. I just take a few extra with me to the table when I’ve ordered and then just put the extra stuff in a ziplock bag, which I then store in my backpack. I always keep them in the fridge just in case.

The wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce packs were bought at the chain Wasabi, a chain that sell prepacked sushi, for a few pennies per pack. They last a long time, but be sure to check their expiration date anyway.

The snacks are often the most expensive parts of my food kit, but I always try using coupons and deals to make them as cheap as possible. Dark chocolate is good, raisins, a couple of candy bars, dried fruits, fresh fruits, popcorn etc. I never bring nuts since there are so many that are allergic to them. Remember that there are nuts in Snickers! Snacks are important to keep your energy levels up and if you have an unexpected layover or a long delay – your mood will go down if you’re hungry.

2 half liter bottles of water. It’s very important to stay hydrated on a trip, which is why I bring two bottles of water with me on every trip. If you go an airport, remember to empty them BEFORE the security check or they will be confiscated, and new bottles are expensive. Besides, most airports today have water stations just past the security where you can refill your bottles.

Chop sticks are vital to me, and should be to you. I’ve often been in the situation where I arrive late at night, or on a Sunday, only to find that there are only fast food restaurants, a supermarket or a sushi place open. I go there and buy my food, go back to the hotel room… only to find that I’ve forgotten about cutlery and have nothing to eat with, except for my hands. Not fun. Which is why I always bring chop sticks and since I always forget about utensils, I’ve perfected the craft of eating everything (and boy do I mean EVERYTHING) with a pair of chop sticks.

 

I hope this post will help you prepare for your next trip and that, if an emergency should arise, you’re as ready as you can be!