Cherry Ripe and Mint Balls are a sweet chocolate Christmas treat that is easy to make. Roll them in coloured coconut for a fun festive twist.

This is one of those recipes we only make at Christmas time as a special treat. I used to make it often when my kids were little and now my daughter makes it for us. They just taste like Christmas to me, I think that is partially because I have so many memories of making them during the Christmas holidays with my kids when they were younger. I love keep the traditions alive and look forward to making these with my children’s children. 

Sometimes I take this recipe and instead of using six Cherry Ripe bars, I’ll split the base of the mix in half and add Cherry Ripe to one half and Peppermint Crisp to the other. I coat them in different coloured coconut to easily identify which flavour is which, and add it to the Christmas table for a festive treat.

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Cherry Ripe & Mint Balls

  • Author: Katrina

Ingredients

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  • 6 Cherry Ripe bars
  • 1 packet of Nice biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Desiccated coconut, for rolling
  • A drop of pink food colouring
  • A drop of green food colouring (if making mint balls)

Instructions

  1. Place the Cherry Ripe bars, biscuits and cocoa in a food processor and blend.
  2. Add the can of condensed milk, mix to combine.
  3. Roll into bite sized balls.
  4. In a small bowl add coconut and food colouring, stir to coat coconut.
  5. Roll balls in the coconut.
  6. Store in the fridge.

Notes

To Make Mint Balls: Use 4 Peppermint Crisp bars in place of the cherry ripe bars for flavour.

Or to make both flavours:
Halve the base mixture, use 2 Peppermint Crisp bars in one half and 3 Cherry Ripe bars in the other half. Roll the Cherry Ripe balls in pink coconut and the Mint balls in green coconut.

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To Make Mint Balls: Use 4 Peppermint Crisp bars in place of the Cherry Ripe bars for flavour.

Or to make both flavours: Halve the base mixture, use 2 Peppermint Crisp bars in one half and 3 Cherry Ripe bars in the other half. Roll the Cherry Ripe balls in pink coconut and the Mint balls in green coconut.

 
Which version of these Cherry Ripe Balls are your favourite?

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28 comments

Lisa December 8, 2013 - 8:18 AM

Wondering what are cherry ripe bars? and Nice biscuits?

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Clare December 10, 2013 - 9:09 AM

where are you from Lisa? These are an aussie chocolate bar with cherries and coconut inside and covered in dark chocolate. Nice biscuits are just a sweet plain biscuit 🙂

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Katrina December 10, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Thanks Clare 🙂

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Katrina December 10, 2013 - 10:07 AM

Aah Lisa I’m presuming you are not Aussie. Here in Australia Cherry ripe bar is the most delicious chocolate, it’s chocolate on the outside and cherry and coconut on the inside. Nice biscuits are a dry sweet biscuit with sugar on the outside.

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AMS December 8, 2013 - 2:11 PM

Sounds awesome, what size cherry ripe bars did you use ?

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Clare December 10, 2013 - 9:10 AM

I would assume the standard size or king size as there is a large quantity of biscuit included 🙂

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Katrina December 10, 2013 - 10:06 AM

I used the small ones, but you could use the bigger variety would be a stronger cherry ripe flavour

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Diandra December 10, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Just wondering how many balls does this recipe make??

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Katrina December 10, 2013 - 9:58 AM

It made approximately 30-40 balls, depending how big you make them too, I like to make them small so they are one bite!

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Diandra December 10, 2013 - 1:27 PM

Thanks!

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Katrina December 14, 2013 - 5:30 PM

It makes a good 30-40 balls

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Amanda December 10, 2013 - 12:00 PM

I will have to try these. I have made them like a regular Rumball with the cocoa & rum too. Have also used ‘Fry’s Turkish delight’ bars too. YUMMM !

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Leah December 22, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Do you use standard size cherry ropes or treat size?

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Katrina December 22, 2013 - 6:25 PM

I used standard size 🙂

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Christine December 16, 2014 - 2:02 PM

can you suggest an alternative to condensed milk?

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Yvonne December 17, 2014 - 7:55 AM

Hi Kat. My favourite chocolate bar is also cherry ripe…I made these awhile agoand instead of the chocolate bars I added cadbury mint flavoured drinking chocolate..they were such a hit at school that they wanted them for their break up party. You could a l ways add glaced cherries, craisins, sultanas, rum,

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Tina December 6, 2016 - 5:27 AM

Would these be ok to freeze?
If so any special instructions J

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Kim Sutton December 7, 2019 - 8:27 AM

The picture says cherry ripe and mint balls but I cant seem find the recipe for mint balls. I love the look of the red and green for Christmas treats.

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Delilah Ekeberg December 16, 2020 - 6:27 AM

Wow what a great present for a cherry rite lover like my dad, going to make these balls soon thank you for sharing your recipe

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:47 AM

Making them as a Christmas present is a great idea!

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Adele December 20, 2020 - 6:27 PM

How far in advance do you think these could be made? Thanks!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:41 AM

They should last quite well. Particularly if you refrigerate them. I would say one to two weeks.

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Rebecca December 23, 2020 - 6:45 PM

My husband loves Cherry Ripe, so when I showed him these, he said we had to make them 🙂 We made them today, and they’re amazing! Easy and quick to make. Delicious!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:33 AM

Oh I’m so glad you liked them. They are a big favourite with my family too! Kat x

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Mindy November 26, 2021 - 5:22 PM

We make these, but with choc ripple biscuits instead and mix the cherry ripes and peppermint crisps all together, soooo yummmy! 🙂

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Janelle November 27, 2021 - 9:17 AM

What would be the best gluten free biscuit to use as substitute for the nice biscuits?

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Fiona Trapani December 11, 2021 - 1:13 PM

Probably a shortbread type of biscuit would work instead of the Nice biscuits.

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