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
- 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 ⅓ 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.
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I will be making them for my family at Christmas, they can have the same memories I had as a child.
How fun – enjoy!
We love these at our house! We always make them around Christmas time. 🙂 It was so lovely to meet you this past weekend at EVO.
So genius idea! 🙂
GENIUS. It is perfect for someting quick
Oh my! These look incredible!
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.
Heidi @ Food Doodles
What a fun idea!
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 🙂
This reminds me of my grandma at Christmas. She would buy the ones with the candle and fake Holly or she would make them. I can’t wait to make them for my grandkids and pass on the tradition. I’m so excited I found these and can now share with my family. ❤️
What a fun memory of your grandma. I’m sure your grandkids will love them too.
Love this idea!! Definitely want to use this in a party sometime!
These look delicious!!!
Claire @ Claire K Creations
What a great idea! You could even make little edible snow men out of them!
These are just adorable, Barbara! What a fun summer treat.
Cathy at Wives with Knives
You have really turned ice cream into something special here, Barbara, and I love that the balls can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer. I love coconut so this recipe has my name on it.