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|Place of origin||Denmark|
|Main ingredients||Oatmeal, sugar, coffee, cocoa, butter|
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The chokladboll is usually slightly smaller than a golf ball. The chokladboll consists of oatmeal, sugar, cocoa, vanilla sugar, butter, and sometimes a small amount of coffee (some like to mix in a splash of cream to make them creamier and softer), which is mixed to a compact mass. Balls are formed and then rolled in nib sugar, shredded coconut, or sprinkles. Chokladboll can be eaten immediately, but it is usually first chilled in a refrigerator.
Because of its simple recipe, it can be quickly made by anyone and is popular at children's parties and as homemade candy.
Chokladboll was most likely invented during World War II, in Denmark, where because of the rationing, there was a limited supply of wheat flour, which caused many to look for substitutes. In 1943, Nationaltidende published a small booklet for housewives called Ingenuity in a time of crisis (Danish: Opfindsomhed i en krisetid), wherein the recipe for havregrynskugle was found.
The most common term today is chokladboll. The variant with shredded coconut can also be called kokosboll ("coconut ball"). The term "havreboll" ("oatmeal ball") occurs, but mostly refers to a variant of the chokladboll that contains little or no cocoa. A well-known form of chokladbollar manufactured by Delicato is sold under the brand name "Delicatoboll".
The treat used to be known as a "negerboll" ("negro ball"). It was coined in an era when the Swedish population was largely ethnically homogenous. The word is rarely used in print today, but sometimes occurs in colloquial speech.
The appropriateness of the term has been the subject of media debate in the 2000s. The Swedish word "neger" (roughly equivalent to English "negro") was considered neutral a few decades ago but is now considered offensive. The use of "negerboll" is therefore not recommended by Swedish language authorities. The word "chokladboll" was first added to the Swedish Academy's glossary Svenska Akademiens ordlista in 2006. Before it was listed only as "negerboll". In the 2013 edition, the pastry can be found under both names but with a comment that the "chokladboll" is the recommended term.
In mid-2003, a bakery owner from Sjöbo was reported to the Swedish Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination for using the word "negerbollar" on a sign in her bakery shop. However, the case was dismissed since the woman reporting it did not consider herself personally insulted.
Similar sweets exist around the world.
- Swedish Phrasebook. Eton Institute - Language Phrasebook. Eton Institute. 2013. p. pt20. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- Palsbo, Susanne (1943). Opfindsomhed i en Krisetid : en Haandfuld Rationeringsopskrifter og aktuelle Husholdningsraad (Paperback) (in Danish). Copenhagen: Nationaltidende. p. 62.
- "'Negro ball' scrapped from Swedish dictionary". The Local. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- Svenska Akademiens ordlista över svenska språket, 2006
- "Negerboll kan kränka enskild" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
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