A very good friend of mine came to town recently for a visit (they’ve left the city, but still come here occasionally for dentist appointments, etc.). She’s Swedish and therefore had to do the mandatory Ikea trip while she was here, so I agreed to meet her there for lunch.
I managed to spend the entire afternoon there without buying a single thing (other than my lunch), but my friend made me try a ” Swedish Chocolate Ball”, and I’m beginning to regret ever having tasted one. They are the most delicious chocolatey confections which Swedes apparently enjoy with their afternoon coffee.
I really do not want to be driving to Ikea every time I get a craving for one of these things. Thankfully, a few minutes on Google turned up several recipes for them, and today I tried this one. I pulverized everything in the food processor to make them more like the one I had, which worked really well.
They taste a little bit like the chocolate haystacks that my mom used to make when I was a kid, but with a hint of coffee flavor. I think the ones at Ikea had a lot more butter in them than the ones I made (more like ganache rolled with finely ground oatmeal and coconut), but less fat is probably a good thing.
In other news, the wood stove seems to be a hit with the four legged members of the family.