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Iris Robinson’s Chocolate Balls

assembly-recipe-bookWe don’t usually get into politics here on CheapEats, but this one is pretty irresistible, and is happily on-topic for a food site.

The Assembly of Recipes cookbook was published in the North a few years ago featuring recipes from members of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland.  A friend has a copy, and even without Iris Robinson’s contribution, it’s pretty…unusual (although it is for a good cause).  But it’s Mrs. Robinson’s recipe that will bring great pleasure to fans of double entendres and comeuppance everywhere:

Iris Robinson’s Chocolate Balls

“Please find attached one of my “quickie” tray bake recipes which has been a firm favourite with my family down through many, many years.

As someone who has very little time now to devote to baking or indeed using my kitchen facitilies, this is one which is quick and easy to prepare. I wish you and your committee every good wish in your endeavours to reach a target of £100,000 by next year.”


  • 10 digestive biscuits
  • 10 heaped dessert spoonfuls of drinking chocolate
  • 10 heaped dessert spoonfuls of desiccated coconut
  • 2 ozs butter
  • 1 small tin of condensed milk
  • Diced walnuts and/or cherries/marshmallows (optional)


  1. Crush the digestive biscuits into crumbs adding the drinking chocolate and coconut (optional walnuts/cherries/marshmallows)
  2. Melt 2ozs butter and when cool add to above mixture.
  3. Add condensed milk and mix until all of the dry ingredients are moist.
  4. Roll into small nibble size balls and dip into additional coconut or vermicelli and put in the fridge to harden.
  5. A lovely treat for everyone!

“Quickie”! Like so much else about this story, you couldn’t make it up.  Via Maman Poulet.

Do let us know if you decide to try Mrs Robinson’s Chocolate Balls.

An Assembly of Recipes is available from Allison Murphy on 07834539566; Beatrice Kennedy Restaurant, 44 University Road, Belfast Tel: 0289020 2290; and selected Cancer Research UK shops.  It costs £5 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK Portaferry Branch.

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