25 Days of Dishes: Chocolate Rum Balls

Maybe your looking for new inspiration.  Every day in December we will feature a different idea for you. These will be a mix of baked goods, sides, main dishes and cocktails.  Who doesn't need a good festive beverage to get you through the season.  Think of this as your advent calendar of holiday ideas.

The season in general is full of iconic dishes and deserts that we only enjoy during this magical time of the year.  There are many dishes that bring back memories from childhood.  This collection of dishes are a collection of personal recipes along with ideas taken from others worthy of a share.  Enjoy, have a happy holiday season and Merry Christmas.

There are many different ways to make rum balls, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family. All rum balls must include chocolate and rum, but the rest of the ingredients vary in kind, form, and amount.

Because these aren't baked or flambéed, the alcohol doesn't cook away leaving an intense rum flavor.  That's why it's best to use a good quality dark rum.  I'd suggest a good Jamaican rum.  

Don’t worry though, you can’t get drunk from Rum Balls. There’s a little over one shot, or one standard drink, of rum in the entire batch balls. Even if you managed to eat ALL of them, you won't get drunk.

Rum balls are a Christmas staple and make great edible Christmas gifts. I would keep them away from children if you don’t want them eating food with alcohol in it. However, it’s very simple to make kid-friendly rum balls. Just make the recipe as below but leave out the rum.  But what's the fun in that?

 

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