Friday, October 9, 2015

Making Chocolate Rice Balls

For Naomi's 3rd birthday party, initially I thought of baking small cupcakes the morning before the party started so she'd have a small birthday dessert table. However, after some considerations, I decided to scrap the idea of making mini cupcakes for the party since we'd have A LOT of cakes from the 2kg birthday cake that evening... So better not to bring extra cakes of sort for the party then.

Also, I was so lazy to create sweet treats that would require baking and messy frosting on the day when we'd have to prepare for Naomi's party. As such, I came up with the idea of making my favourite childhood non-bake snacks, Chocolate Rice Balls or Bola-Bola Coklat Meses, instead.

Chocolate Rice Balls for the kids.

These kid-friendly chocolate balls are easy to make, taste yummy and bring back a lot of childhood memories (if you are born in Indonesia during the 80's or early 90's). I remember chocolate rice balls were like our once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence from my Dad because they were not so cheap 20-25 years ago. My daily pocket money during primary school was certainly not enough to buy these sweet treats.

Anyway, I made the chocolate balls with the help of my Mom so the process of making these treats was very enjoyable and fun. We both laughed a lot during the dough making as it was our first time in making these chocolate balls.

Here's the recipe that I used to make the mini chocolate balls.

Non-bake chocolate treats.

Chocolate Rice Balls

Ingredients:

200gr Marie biscuits, finely crushed
2 tbs Icing sugar, optional
3 tbs Unsalted butter, at room temperature
8-10 tbs Condensed milk (I used chocolate condensed milk)
Chocolate rice or sprinkles
Mini cupcake cases

A mini blast from the past.

Methods:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the crushed biscuits and icing sugar. You can actually omit the icing sugar here because the final result of the rice balls is already sweet.
2. Add in the butter and condensed milk to the dry mixture. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined and form a dough.You might need to add or reduce the amount of the condensed milk used to the dough. Just stop adding the condensed milk once you reach the dough consistency that is form-able into mini balls that can stick to the chocolate rice.
3. Take a small pinch of the dough. Roll into mini balls and evenly cover the mini balls with the chocolate rice or colourful sprinkles.
4. Place each choco ball in a mini cupcake case. Decorate with some cupcake toppers, if you like.

So simple and easy, yes?

Aren't they cute after they are topped with mini dinosaurs?

You can also add some thinly chopped nuts for the dry ingredients or melted cooking chocolate as part of the dough's liquid ingredients to make the chocolate balls taste better and richer. I think this recipe is quite versatile. You just have to make sure that your dough is not too dry or too wet so you can create small balls that can be covered with the chocolate rice. If your dough is too dry or not wet enough, the chocolate rice won't stick to the mini balls evenly.

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