Gluten-Free Chocolate Snowballs for all occasions!
Gluten-free chocolate snowballs are sweet, addictive, chocolate coconut balls that pack a punch in flavour, especially if you add liquor to them for those special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Just a few snowballs will satisfy any sweet tooth craving moment and make a welcome addition to after-dinner treats with coffee or an afternoon tea. Their long shelf-life also makes them an excellent edible gift.
What is a gluten-free chocolate snowball?
Snowballs are sweet balls of crushed digestive biscuits, dulce de leche, coconut and cocoa, rolled in more coconut. Adding alcohol is optional, with some suggested liquors to use such as Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, Amaretto, Cointreau or Cherry Liquor.
How I fell in love with chocolate snowballs
I was introduced to chocolate snowballs by Sue, a good Australian friend from Melbourne who loved to make all sorts of sweets. Whenever she had someone pop over unexpectedly, she would rush to the fridge and pull out some snowballs. Her recipe uses Marie biscuits by Arnott’s, which is an Australian brand for plain tea biscuits, which works perfectly for gluten diets.
How I adapted these chocolate snowballs into gluten-free
To convert these chocolate snowballs to gluten-free, I have substituted the plain tea biscuits with gluten-free digestive biscuit crumbs. The result is a richer flavour that blends perfectly with the coconut and cocoa. I also switched the traditional condensed milk with dulce de leche (a rich spreadable caramel sauce). This addition helps bind the snowballs well together and gives a subtle caramel tone and lasting sweetness.
If you don’t have time to make your own digestive biscuit crumbs, Schär sells an excellent gluten-free digestive biscuit. I often use these as a backup.
Homemade Dulce de Leche
If you like to make your ingredients from scratch, I have a recipe for homemade dulce de leche using tinned condensed milk here
Once you have all the ingredients handy, these gluten-free chocolate snowballs are so fast and easy to make. Children love to help out with the rolling and coating, albeit a bit messy on the hands, just make sure you are near a sink to wash them often.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Snowballs
- Small paper cases
- 100 g desiccated coconut
- Weigh the digestive biscuits before crushing them.
- Crush the digestive biscuits into crumbs either in a food processor or using a rolling pin to crush the biscuits in a zip lock bag.
- Add the desiccated coconut and cocoa powder, blending well.
- Add the dulce de leche and mix well until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add the liquor of your choice (optional) and taste, adding more if needed.
Assembling the Snowballs
- Using damp hands, roll the balls into 2.5cm diameter balls.
- In a separate bowl, roll them in the desiccated coconut, shaking the bowl at the same time to coat them evenly.
- Place the snowballs in attractive paper cases.
Chilling the Snowballs
- Store in a large flat covered container and chill for at least one hour before serving.
- Keeps for one week chilled
- Suitable to freeze for a maximum of 3 months
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