Rum Balls

chocolate rum balls holiday treat
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Ratings (15)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 30 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
115 Calories
6g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rum balls are a classic candy for a reason—they're easy to make, taste amazing, and everyone loves receiving them as gifts. These rich, chocolate orbs are most commonly made around Christmas time, but there's no reason you can't enjoy them year-round. These do contain a fair amount of alcohol, but can be kid-friendly if you swap another liquid in for the rum. Then add any additional flavorings, like butter rum extract, as desired. You can also replace the rum with another spirit, like bourbon, for a completely different flavor profile.

These candies are better after they've been aged for at least 2 to 3 days, so be sure to plan ahead if you want to serve them at a holiday party.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed wafer cookies (or graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (divided)
  • 1 cup nuts (finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the chocolate chips or chopped 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 combined. Stir in the wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, and chopped nuts.

  3. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place the mixture in the refrigerator until it is firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

  4. Using a small candy scoop or a spoon, roll the candy into small 1-inch balls between your palms.

  5. 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).

  6. Place the rum balls in an airtight container and refrigerate them to age them for several days. Store the balls in the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before serving.