Ice Cream Snowballs

Vanilla ice cream “snowballs” rolled in shredded coconut and served in a puddle of hot fudge. A fun way to dress up ice cream and beat the summer heat.

When I was a little girl, my mom made Snowballs for a church party. It seemed like she made hundreds of them and stored them in the big freezer in the basement. They were off limits until the party, which made them even more irresistible.

This is such an easy dessert idea. You could make the snowballs with any flavor of ice cream and roll them in your favorite candy or nuts. In addition to coconut snowballs, I made Rocky Road Snowballs that my boys especially loved.

It would be fun to create an ice cream snowball bar and let guests make their own snowballs any way they want them. The possibility are endless.

Ice Cream Snowballs

Yield: 12 snowballs

Ice Cream Snowballs


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 cups shredded coconut*


Line a baking sheet with parchment and put the baking sheet in the freezer. Scoop ice cream into a ball and place on the baking sheet in the freezer. (I used a #16 scoop which holds about 1/3 cup of ice cream, but you could make them any size you’d like.)

Make 12 snowballs and place each snowball on the baking sheet in the freezer. Freeze until solid about one hour.

Put the coconut in a pie plate. One at a time, roll the ice cream balls in coconut. Gently press coconut into the ice cream. Return the snowball to the baking sheet in the freezer.

When all the snowballs have been decorated you can serve immediately or store in the freezer covered for one week. If desired, serve with your favorite ice cream topping.

*Rocky Road Snowballs: substitute 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1 cup Kraft Marshmallow Bits for the coconut

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  1. says

    Ice creams have been an all time favorite of kids. But as adults I just cannot get enough of it. Your picture is just heavenly, kudos to the art of presentation just like the post.

  2. says

    I LOVE these! When I was a little girl, you could buy snowballs with a fake piece of holy and a candle in them at Christmas. A few years ago, Raleys sold them minus the candle but discontinued them. I was going to make them last Christmas to serve with my Buche de Noel, but time got away. I was going to scoop the ice cream and then give them a thin shell of white chocolate before I rolled them in coconut. I even bought the fake holly. Next Christmas!

    See ya tomorrow!!! Oh yea :)

  3. says

    I love this recipe! The snowballs look so pretty and it’s so easy to make! Can’t be more perfect for a summer party :-) Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

  4. says

    A favorite of ours and the sky is the limit with flavors! A simple but delicious dessert for entertaining in the summer. I think I could swim in ice cream with this heat 😉