My grandma’s chocolate snowball recipe

  old fashioned chocolate snowball recipe

chocolate snowball

chocolate snowball dessert

This was the very first recipe I ever learned to make. I remember being in my Mommom’s kitchen and helping to stir it up. I remember constantly opening the freezer door to see if it was ready.

I cannot go through a single summer without making it for my own kids.

I asked once where the recipe came from. Mommom said that she invented it decades ago. She read about something similar in the newspaper, but it had much fancier ingredients, ones that she couldn’t afford, so she made do with what she had. 

The result became a family tradition. I love that it perfectly embodies every memory I have of her: simple, modest, but totally satisfying and full of love. And fun for kids.

There are only two ingredients. She named it Chocolate Snowball because it was chocolate and it was cold.

  ingredients for chocolate snowball

It does not matter what kind of milk you use.

how to make chocolate snowball

Empty one can of chocolate syrup into a square freezer-safe baking dish. Then add one can of milk and one can of water. (Mommom used two cans of milk. My Aunt Charlotte modifies it to 1 can of milk and 1 can of water and I tend to do the same so that I don’t waste as much milk, plus it makes the end result easier to serve.)

Have some helpers stir for a few minutes until everything is evenly combined.

cooking with kids

making chocolate snowball with kids

Clear out a level surface in your freezer and very carefully transfer it there to freeze for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.

chocolate snowball in the freezer

To serve, use a sharp knife to cut thin strips, then break each strip into small chunks and spoon into a dessert glass.

slicing chocolate snowball

It is almost similar to a chocolate Italian Ice from Rita’s.

chocolate snowball recipe

The customers are always happy.

adorable kiddos


  1. We mixed this up last night and enjoyed it this afternoon. My girls thought it was so fun to make, and tasted delicious! We topped ours with whipped cream. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much! Summer vacation is just a few days away for us here in NY and I can’t wait to try this!

  3. I love recipes that have such happy memories with them. I’ll definitely be making this one very soon. Thank you!

  4. [email protected] says:

    You had me sold on chocolate, but the “satisfied customers” at the end sealed the deal!


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