Rum balls are a classic candy for a reason--they're easy to make, they taste amazing, and everyone loves receiving them as gifts! These rich, chocolate balls are most commonly found around Christmas time, but there's no reason you can't enjoy them year-round! These do contain a fair amount of alcohol, but if you want to make a kid-friendly version, swap another liquid for the rum (I like orange juice!) and then add any additional flavorings, like Butter Rum extract, as desired.
You don't have to limit yourself to just rum when making these candies--try replacing the rum with bourbon and see what you think!
These candies are better after they have aged for at least 2-3 days, so be sure to make them several days before you plan to serve them.
- 1 cup/6 oz chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup rum
- 2.5 cups crushed wafer cookies (or graham cracker crumbs)
- 1 cup powdered sugar (divided)
- 1 cup nuts (finely chopped)
1. Place the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave it 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. Cover the bowl with cling wrap, and place the mixture in the refrigerator until it is firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
3. Using a small candy scoop or a spoon, roll the candy into small 1-inch 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.