Make Traditional Swedish Chocolate Balls with Johan’s Joe

The coffee house and café shows us how to make this kid-friendly treat.

Photo courtesy of Johan’s Joe Swedish Coffee House & Café.

Does working from home have you working all hours of the day? Sounds like you could use a fika, a coffee and cake break, to unwind. The Swedes, inventors of fika, coincidentally make a plethora of unique treats to make these pauses something to look forward to, like chocolate balls or chokladbollens. This week, Sweden will be snacking on these delicious morsels thanks to the country’s National Chocolate Ball Day celebration on May 11. For your own fika at home, Johan’s Joe Swedish Coffee House & Café, which has locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, has shared its traditional recipe below. Some more great news: this easy, no-bake snack is a fun activity for kids, too.



300g real butter

¾  cups sugar

¼  cup cocoa

¾  tsp salt

2 cups oats

2 shots of espresso (or 1/2 cup of coffee, chilled)

½  cup of pearl sugar


Soften the butter in the microwave (but do not melt). Cream the butter with the sugar using a mixer with paddle attachment or mix thoroughly by hand. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Let the mix chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. Once firm, take a tablespoon (a rounded scoop) and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment paper and freeze for 10 minutes. Then remove the balls, reshape if needed, and roll softly in pearl sugar.

Kids can help too!

No mixer? Wash your children’s hands and allow them to squish the butter and sugar by hand until thoroughly mixed.Kids can help roll the balls and also help roll in the pearl sugar.



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