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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Recipe: Ice Cream Snowballs

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is ice cream snowballs. Every year my Grandma would have a large spread of hors d'oeuvres for Christmas Eve. For dessert she would turn the lights low and bring out the snow balls. Now, I'm passing the tradition onto my children and serving snowballs this year. We used to buy them, but I've found very few stores carry them anymore. So this year I'm making the ice cream snowballs. Enjoy!

Ice Cream Snowball Recipe

Vanilla Ice Cream
Shredded Coconut - sweetened or unsweetened
Wax Paper
Birthday Candles - traditionally they've always been red but all they had was green at the store
Plastic Holly Picks - I purchased the picks at Bake It Pretty. I realize mine our mushrooms, I just couldn't resist. You can substitute the picks with fresh mint leaves if you like.

Lay out a large piece of wax paper. Place ice cream in the center forming a log shape. Fold the wax paper in half and roll it so it becomes one solid log. Place back in the freezer, about 20 minutes.

Take out of freezer. Cut the log into 2 inch length pieces. The circumference of the cylinders should be about 1 1/2". Coat in shredded coconut. Individually wrap in wax paper and freeze.

When ready to serve, pull out of freezer. Place a candle in the center of each snowball then add a holly pick. Light and serve. Done.

Save your holly picks for next year.


laputain said...

for future reference, if this is helpful, I find Chinese supermarkets to be indispensible in the search for little red candles, generally at almost giving-them-away prices.

zakkalife said...


Thanks for the info. Next time I'm at the Chinese Market I'll make sure to look for the candles.

Trudy said...

Merry Christmas!


*~kAy~* said...

Merry Christmas! <3
Those look so nice!!! Thanks for sharing your holiday tradition :)

Kate England | Marmalade Moon said...

This looks fantastic and it would be a great desert for New Year's too!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Those are so elegant and sound so good. Yum.

ILikePaperCutting said...

your ideas are always easy and sweet. So comforting.

Ayie said...

you have a very creative family, no wonder you are so talented!

Belated holiday cheers to you and your family!!

Wendy said...

Ah! My Mom used to make these and somehow I'd forgotten all about them! I'll be making these for new years now!

geneviève said...

Very nice idea! So easy but so many impact! I like traditions!

Alexander said...

This is very creative and lovely. I like the idea and I believe it is a good addition to the house.

My belated Christmas greetings and Happy New Year.

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Dawn in OKC said...

ohh my gosh this brings back childhood memories of christmas!! My mother used to make these....I wish I had seen this before christmas...but what good memories. Thank you...love your blog by the way.

Anonymous said...

Brings back memories for me too... want to make for Christmas eve dinner, was always a big moment when they came to the table with the candles lit. Thanks for sharing.

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