Sweet snowballs

Sweet snowballs

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling


Makes 16
An alternative to truffles, these chocolatey bitesize treats contain Maltesers, coconut, marshmallow, cranberries and rich tea biscuits - perfect for making with kids

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal257
  • fat14g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 400g white chocolate, broken into pieces
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 100g rich tea biscuit
  • 50g white Malteser
  • 50g mini marshmallow
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g cake crumbs (we used shop-bought Madeira cake)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • edible glitter (optional)


  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile, crush the biscuits and Maltesers in a large bowl with a rolling pin.

  2. Add mini marshmallows, dried cranberries and cake crumbs, then the chocolate and golden syrup. Mix well. Tip desiccated coconut onto a plate. Drop large spoonfuls of mixture onto the plate, then roll them around, coating in coconut and shaping into balls. Place on a baking tray and chill for 30 mins before serving. Sprinkle with edible glitter if you like.

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9th Dec, 2016
Looking forward to making these with my youngster! How long do they keep for please as would like to make in advance as presents for Christmas? Thanks very much
28th Dec, 2015
I really didn't like these. I 've made similar ones in the past but never with white chocolate.Easy to make but I didn't like the taste.
19th Mar, 2014
Really tasty, left out the mellows due to being a veggie.
29th Jan, 2014
These are the most delicious snacks you have ever come across! My friend made them the other day and I ate sooo many of them (feeling slightly sick after as they are fairly rich - not too rich tho, coz I happily ate about 5 of them!!) They are easy to make (apparently) and you can have them any time - for a party as a snack or just as a treat with your afternoon cuppa! :) Enjoy :)
17th Dec, 2013
Have made these as Christmas gifts. Okay recipie, certainly less time consuming than truffles. Very sickly, but to be expected. Would make again but with out the marshmallows as they make the 'snowballs' harder to form and I can't really say that they add anything special to the finished article.
21st Nov, 2013
These turned out amazing, going to make them again and give some away as Christmas gifts :)
Vicki B
5th Oct, 2013
These are lovely will definitely make them again.. But probably without the biscuits next time.
21st Jan, 2013
I made these for xmas sweet boxes, they were lovely, everyone loved them. will deffinately make again.
2nd Dec, 2012
How long will these keep for? Thanks.
3rd Jan, 2012
These are very easy and really good! There were quite a few ingredients to buy in, but I'm now about to make my third batch! I love chocolate truffles and these make a nice festive alternative.


10th Dec, 2016
How long would these last for in a plastic sweety bag please? thanks
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15th Dec, 2016
Keep these in in a sealed container in the fridge (or plastic sweety bags) for up to a week.
11th Mar, 2016
I followed the recipe by the book and the truffles didn't work as they were too soft and squidgy. To be fair the taste was good but any suggestions for the truffles being firmer?
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20th May, 2016
Thanks for your question. Is it possible that there was too much syrup in your mix? We use 15ml measuring spoons for tablespoon measures when making up our recipes. If you used a larger tablespoon from the cutlery drawer it is possible that you added more than was required. The other possibility is that you added the dried ingredients to the pan, rather than tipping the mix in a bowl and the marshmallows melted in the heat, as they would alter the texture of the snowballs and make them softer. Hope we’ve solved the puzzle for you.
21st Dec, 2015
Has anyone made these with dark chocolate instead of white? I'd like to know if the measurements work the same.
21st Dec, 2015
And also if you think butter would be required due to the lack of cocoa butter in dark chocolate. Thanks.
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18th Jan, 2016
Yes you can do a straight swap for dark chocolate, there is no need to add butter.
23rd Nov, 2015
Hi, I want to make these as Christmas gifts and put them in jam jars. The jam jars are 330ml - does anyone have an idea of how many snowballs will fit in each jar? Or can give a rough idea of how big the snowballs turn out if this recipe makes 16? Thanks
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10th Dec, 2015
It is hard to judge this without having to remake the recipe ourselves. At the moment, to make 16, each snowball uses approx 50g of mixture which we estimate makes a ball about the size of a large walnut in its shell. For your info there is a similar recipe on this site called snowball truffles by Tana Ramsay http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4940/snowball-truffles this recipe makes 30 smaller ones. Hope this helps! 
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