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These sweet little chocolate dipped rum balls will make you feel the burn! Perfect for your Valentine or as a holiday treat. They are a little bit nice with the chocolate and a little bit naughty with the booze! 

Heart platter filled with chocolate coated rum balls topped with Valentine's sprinkles.

My boss’s wife has a tradition of making rum balls each Christmas. They are her signature item and they are delicious. Some have a truffle center others have liqueur soaked cherry centers.

She makes them in three strengths ranging from Kahlua or Cointreau to Bacardi 151. They are always a hit at the company Christmas Party and my husband instantly fell in love with them.

I was lucky enough to have her invite me over for a rum ball making tutorial. We had so much fun making a couple of
batches of delicious rum balls.     

She sent me home with a tray of them to share with my then boyfriend. He proposed within a few weeks of that, so she
swears it was the rum balls that pushed him over the edge.  Hey, whatever it takes right?

    She makes them by feel and with years of experience, she makes them the best! I came home with a list of ingredients, but no measurements.     

 So these are a very rough approximation of her rum balls. I didn’t make the truffle or cherry centers this time, but
they really do take them to the next level. One of these times I am going to have to do them that way too!

Food processor with rum ball ingredients in it next to a bottle of strong rum, ready to go in to make rum balls.

Here’s the thing about my husband, he loves for his food to bite back. If we go out for wings, he has to order at least 6 of the hottest ones on the menu. The whole time he tells us how good they are his face is red and he’s crying.

“It’s fun” he says while nothing about it looks fun.

“I’m fine” he says as I hold on to the phone ready to call 911 when he falls over.

I used to help him eat those Blazin’ wings, but my heat tolerance has faded a bit over the years and I have no interest in torturing myself! Of course when I made Jess’s Tailgate Queso, he had to stir in a little of Pops’ homemade habanero sauce.      

The first couple bites were fine, then he hit a hot spot and the tears started flowing!  So it makes perfect
sense that he likes the Bacardi 151 version of her rum balls best.    

It is always fun to watch people try one for the first time. There is the delicious flavor of chocolate that gives way
to the warmth of the alcohol. They definitely make your mouth tingle.

My husband requested a batch not too long ago. He requests things so seldom that I feel like I need to follow through when he does.      

Chocolate coated rum ball with bite missing showing soft interior.

We had a trivia night coming up and I was in charge of making some sweets to share, so I knew this would be a
perfect time. He had fun sharing them with our table and a few people we met in line.     

He looked quite pleased with himself and his treat. We didn’t win the trivia night, but I think I might have won a
little extra piece of his heart!

More fun chocolaty treats

Buckeyes are another one of our favorite chocolate dipped treats. The creamy peanut butter ball center show just a smidge through the chocolate coating.

Or switch things up with peanut butter Oreo balls. They are like the traditional Oreo truffles, but made with peanut butter instead of cream cheese.

Brigadeiros aren’t chocolate dipped, but they are super chocolaty. They turn sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder into a soft caramel-y chocolate treat. We like adding a bit of orange flavoring to ours for an extra tasty twist.

Yield: 36 Rum Balls

Chocolate Dipped Rum Balls

Heart platter filled with chocolate coated rum balls topped with Valentine's sprinkles.

These sweet little rum balls will make you feel the burn! Perfect for your Valentine or as a holiday treat. They are a little bit nice with the chocolate and a little bit naughty with the booze!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz box of vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1 lb chocolate for dipping

Instructions

  1. Process your vanilla wafers into crumbs in your food processor. Add the almond flour and cocoa powder, process to combine.
  2. Stir in the corn syrup and rum. Roll into small balls. I usually do a variety of sizes, larger for folks like my husband and a few smaller ones for people who just want to give them a try.
  3. Refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  4. When ready to dip, prepare your chocolate by melting and tempering it.
  5. Dip balls and decorate if desired.
  6. They may be eaten as soon as they are set, but they are better if you give them a few days to let the flavors really come together. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These sweet little rum balls will make you feel the burn! Perfect for your Valentine or as a holiday treat. They are a little bit nice with the chocolate and a little bit naughty with the booze!

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