Swedish Chocolate Balls – Traditional Recipe

Want to make some delicious chocolate balls from Sweden at home? They are very easy and quick to make, just follow this traditional Swedish chocolate balls recipe.

swedish chocolate balls recipe

Swedish Chocolate Balls

The Swedish chocolate ball is one of the most classic pastries in Sweden, and it's widely available in bakeries and cafes all over the country.
However, Swedish Chocolate Balls are also easily made at home with just a few simple ingredients and no tools or objects other than a bowl to mix in.
This recipe for Swedish Chocolate Balls is very traditional and originally comes from the box of Gyllenhammar's oats. I have modified it slightly after several years of making this recipe into perfection.
The instructions are very easy to follow, and the ingredients are cheap and available almost all over the world. This means, that no matter where you're from or where you live, you'll be likely to be able to make some Swedish Chocolate Balls.
I have followed this modified recipe since I was 4 years old, and they always turn out perfect and delicious.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 25
Calories 92 kcal


  • 200- gram butter
  • 6 dl fine oats
  • 6 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 dl raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cold coffee
  • Grated coconut or icing sugar florsocker to cover the chocolate balls in.


  • Get a large bowl
  • Add the butter, which should be at room temperature
  • Add sugar, oats, vanilla sugar, cacao powder, and cold coffee
  • Mix the ingredients with your hands
  • Bring two plates, and pour grated coconut or icing sugar on one plate, and leave the other plate empty for now
  • Roll the balls in your hand and dip it in the grated coconut or icing sugar until covered. Place the chocolate ball on the empty plate, and repeat until you've finished all the batter
  • Place the plate with Swedish Chocolate Balls in the fridge and leave them for at least 60 minutes. This will give a better texture and allow them to solidify.


The Swedish Chocolate Balls will taste even better if you leave them refrigerated overnight.
Personally, I prefer them with grated coconut, but they are also traditionally made with icing sugar (florsocker in Swedish).
Recipe by Gourmand Trotter


Serving: 1gCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.5gFat: 6.7g
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More about Swedish Chocolate Balls

If you visit a cafe in Sweden, they will likely have chocolate balls and various other pastries. These are typically served with coffee or tea, in what is locally known as Fika.

At cafes, they are typically larger than bit-size, but the homemade ones should be bit-size. 

swedish chocolate balls recipe

Recipe and taste might vary slightly from cafe to cafe, and even some families will have their own recipe. But the basics are still the same with oats, vanilla sugar, sugar, cacao powder, and butter.

Some might replace the coffee with milk, but in my opinion, they are much tastier with coffee in the batter. Typically, you won’t feel the flavor of coffee in Swedish Chocolate Balls, but it definitely adds a special flavor to them.

I make these several times a year at home, and they are so simple to make. The preparation only takes a couple of minutes, and forming the balls and dipping them into grated coconut or granulated sugar goes quickly as well. 

I would also urge you to let them refrigerate for a couple of hours to make them more solid in form. Since the butter should be mixed at room temperature they will be quite soft before refrigeration. 

Other information

The correct term for this pastry is Chocolate Balls, which in Swedish is called “Chokladbollar”. They are one of the most popular assortments to eat when having a fika, and they are common across the whole country. 

They were previously known as “negerbollar” which would translate as something like nigger-balls or negro-balls in English. This term is not used anymore since it’s considered to be racist. Some older folks will still use this term, although it’s generally frowned upon. 

Chokladbollar are also sold in supermarkets in Sweden, and the most popular brand is known as Delicato. Some supermarkets also make their own and sell them fresh in the delicacy counter. 

Personally, I prefer to eat homemade ones since this recipe for Swedish Chocolate Balls is really good, and gives you around 25 servings. Since they are so easy to make, it’s a great family activity, even for younger children. The ingredients are also cheap to buy. 

Can you make Swedish Chocolate Balls vegan?

It’s easy to make a vegan version of Swedish Chocolate Balls. Simply replace the butter with non-dairy butter. Just make sure to choose a non-dairy butter which has a solid form. Otherwise, the batter will be too loose, and you won’t be able to form the balls in your hand. 

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