12 Days of Christmas :: 9 Snowman Truffles

We don't get much snow in Australia when compared to the rest of the world. During winter we get a little in our alpine zones along the east coast. Rarely, Melbourne and Hobart see snow during severe cold snaps. It's never happened in my hometown in my lifetime. I've seen snow once when I travelled to Falls Creek with a few friends some time ago. It's really not as soft and fluffy and lovely as the movies had me imagine. Still, it was a load of fun. We couldn't afford any of the recreational stuff, so we frolicked in the snow for a day. I made my first and only snowman with my friends, while others made phallic objects out of the snow for everyone on the ski lifts to see. As you do. 

During Christmas, though, you can forget about snow. Our climate tried to fake it last year thanks to the La Niña we experienced. We had a massive hail storm from which my car still bears the cosmetic scars. Mass flooding across my state further threatened to ruin the day. Except in typical Australian spirit, we weren't letting that happen so easily. People gathered up the hail and shoved it in the eskies to keep the drinks cold. Others got out in the board shorts and started swimming or body-boarding down what were formerly main roads.

Most years, though, it's sweltering. Some years you get lovely 30°C days that you can make it through. Other summers it can exceed 50°C and you spend the day sprawled out in front of a pedastal fan, eating watermelon and waiting for the sun to go away. The last time I experienced a festive season like that, I was celebrating it in a rural area, so we spent the day hoping the bushfires would go away as well.

Despite our sweltering Christmas days, snow is still an iconic part of Christmas. Influenced by cultures on the other side of the globe, all our Christmas cards and decorations revolve around snow and pictures of families or Santa rugged up in warm clothes. We spray fake snow on our trees or around the borders of our windows. We adorn our trees with icicles and houses with large light displays cover their lawns and rooftops with batting or wadding to resemble snow. Everywhere there are penguins and snowmen rugged up in their winter woolies.

It was only natural that snowmen should feature somewhere along the way.

When you can't have snow, there's always coconut and white chocolate.

These truffles are made from the white chocolate mudcake I made on Day 3

I adorned them with random sprinkles and chocolate chips I had amongst my decorating supplies. I made them all a bit different and rough-looking. I wanted to recreate that rustic quality of actual snowmen made from whatever branches and rocks and pieces of clothing happen to be on hand.

There were 9 snowman truffles all up, frolicking in the snow, looking like a happy family portrait. 

That is, until tragedy struck and we got hungry. 

You can use any white cake recipe you like, though the amazingness of the white chocolate mudcake recipe made these truffles even better. I think it's also possible in some places to buy cake crumbs, so that's another shortcut if you're so inclined. If you're making the candles from Day 3, you'll end up with leftover cake so this is a great way to use up the spare pieces. 

Here's how I made mine:

Snowman Truffles

Ingredients

2 cups white cake crumbs
185g white chocolate, melted
1/3 cup thickened cream, room temperature
1 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp Armaretto or almond essence
2 cups desiccated coconut
sprinkles, for decorating

Method

  1. Combine chocolate and cream in a medium saucepan; stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is well combined. 
  2. Combine cake crumbs, chocolate/cream mixture and icing sugar in a medium bowl and stir until well combined. If mixture is not moist enough to hold together, you can add 1 egg white to help bind it. Stir in Armaretto or almond essence, then leave to cool to room temperature. 
  3. Spread coconut onto a shallow tray or dish. 
  4. Roll 1 tbsp of mixture into a ball, then roll it into the coconut mixture to coat. Repeat until you have 9 'heads'.
  5. Roll 2tbsp of mixture into a ball and do the same as in Step 3 to form 9 'bodies'. 
  6. Decorate the 'heads' and 'bodies' with sprinkles. Places 'bodies' on a serving platter and top with the 'heads' and serve. 

If the truffles won't stay in place, you can use a little royal icing to join them together. Alternatively, you can use a toothpick to keep them together – just warn the recipients when you serve!

You'll find the printable version of this recipe here.

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5 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas :: 9 Snowman Truffles

  1. There’s something about the last photo that has so much emotion in it. It feels like that photo alone is telling a long story.

    And it also reminds me of how yummy the snowmen were.

  2. Snowman truffles! These are such a great idea and so, so cute! I really want to make these because my family loves snowmen.

    On your other notes about the climate, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in a warm place. Very interesting. I can’t imagine sweltering weather around Christmas time, haha. I live in New Mexico in the US, so we don’t usually get heavy snow in the city (alas, not enough to make phallic objects out of), but it still gets freezing cold for us desert folk!

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