Authentic Newfoundland Snowballs – No-Bake

By Angelika Hanna

These fudgy cool dessert balls are a traditional Christmas treat in families of Newfoundland, Eastern Canada.


Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 5 min

Total Time: 20 min + chilling time in the fridge

Yield: Approx. 45 balls

Cuisine: Canadian – Newfoundland

Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 12 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • Extra coconut to coat the balls


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, and milk. (The mixture will foam up while boiling, so a large pot is recommended.)
  2. Boil gently over medium heat for 5-6 min, or until mixture reaches about 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. (Start timing when the mixture is fully at a boil. Don’t stir while it boils.)
  3. In a bowl, combine together the oats, coconut, and cocoa powder.
  4. Add the boiled mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well.
  5. Let cool off until the batter firms up slightly to shape the balls.
  6. Form 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll in shredded coconut.
  7. Place your balls on a plate in the fridge to chill and firm up completely. (Don’t pile them up or put in a bowl because they can still stick to each other.)
  8. When cool and firm, you can put them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer.
  9. They freeze very well and keep fresh for several weeks in the freezer. (I like them best out of the freezer; they taste like fudgy chocolate ice cream when frozen.)


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