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Rum Balls

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Rum Balls
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Rum balls are a rich, chocolately candy with a sophisticated taste that appeals to adults. This recipe for rum balls can also be used to make bourbon balls—simply substitute bourbon for rum. These candies are better after they have aged for several days, so be sure to make them several days before you plan to serve them.

To crush the wafers, you can either use a blender or food processor, or place them in a large Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Be sure that the cookies are in small crumbs, not large chunks. This recipe yields approximately 30 candies.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 2.5 cups crushed wafers (about one 10-ounce box)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts


1. Place the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating.

2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and rum and stir until well-combined. Stir in the wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and chopped nuts. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until it is firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

3. Using a teaspoon, roll the candy into small balls between your palms. Place the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl, and roll the balls in the sugar. (Alternately, the balls can be rolled in chopped nuts or cocoa powder).

4. Place the rum balls in an airtight container and refrigerate them to age them for several days. Rum balls can be stored for an additional 2-3 weeks, and many people feel they are better the longer they are aged, so they are a great make-ahead treat. Store the balls in the refrigerator, and let them come to room temperature before serving.

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 5 out of 5
REAL Chocolate Rum balls, Member Flippinfoodfreak

Awesome rum balls. I think they have a richer flavour than the usual rum ball recipes that call for cocoa powder. The real chocolate makes it outstanding. I like them rolled in chocolate sprinkles instead...gives a nicer finished appearance.

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