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Catholic Recipe: Snowballs on Fire


  • sparklers
  • ice cream scoops or balls
  • coconut, thin, tender flaky, not shredded
  • sherbet glasses
  • chocolate sauce


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:6+



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Flaming desserts make a dramatic nameday treat for children and adults! A really festive meal is one with "fireworks." These coconut snowballs are brought into a darkened dining room with Fourth-of-July sparklers afire in the coconut balls. This is a dish which a busy mother can put together hours or even weeks ahead of time and keep in the freezer for spur-of-the-moment festivities.


Use scoops or balls of ice cream. Roll them in coconut. Thin, tender flakes are better than shreds because they are more moist and have a fresher flavor. The coconut balls are placed in the freezer for at least an hour, but, as we say, they may be left for weeks. At serving time cover the bottom of a sherbet glass about one-half inch deep with your favorite chocolate sauce. Place the coconut-crusted ice cream ball on top of the sauce, and insert Fourth-of-July sparklers into each ball. Turn out the lights in the dining room and bring in the sparkling dessert.

Recipe Source: My Nameday — Come for Dessert by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1962