Chokladbollar: a Mother’s Day Guest Post – Childhood Swedish memories and Candies!

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I never knew my birth mother, Maria Caterina. Even if many years have passed now, I still have a pinch in my heart on Mother’s day. She died when I was only three days old, her mother, my grandmother and my step mother replaced her at their best..
So saying Happy Mother’s Day are kind of ¬†bittersweet words for me… Surprisingly or not, after such a longtime, I still feel that pinch deep down, when Mother’s day comes.

Michaela, she is my writing guest today, and I, have that feeling in common. She is my step-daughter and was lucky enough to get to know her Mom for some years keeping precious sweets memories of some happy unforgettable childhood moments.

She wrote this story for us:

“When my sister and I were little we liked to get into all sorts of trouble. I, in particular, liked to make potions and concoctions that usually required my mother’s blush and glue and a barbie doll. Needless to say, this didn’t always go over so well. I’m pretty sure that’s why my mother let us, quite frequently, make a very simple Swedish dessert.
Chocolate Balls or Chokladbollar were our favorite! We got to measure and mix all the ingredients on our own and never had to use the oven. If you head to any cafe in Sweden you will find some variation of these delicious desserts. Below are the ingredients and instructions:

  • 1.25 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cacao (I sometimes do 4 or add to taste)
 Mix all of the ingredients together and roll into little balls (about the circumference of a quarter)
Roll in coconut or if you can find it, Pearl Sugar (can be found at World Market)
I am in Sweden today and found them in any size you like, with rum , sugar, or coconut … here they are the Chokladbollar!!!!


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