06 December, 2012

No-Bake Booze Candy: Rum

This post contains three recipes.

  • Bacardi® Rum Balls
  • Karo® Holiday Rum Balls
  • Chocolate Rum Balls

Bacardi® Rum Balls
Makes 30 pieces
1.5 cups vanilla wafer crumbs, about 50 cookies
1/4 cup 80-proof Bacardi® dark rum
1/4 cup honey
8-oz ground walnuts, about 2 cups
Confectioners' sugar

Cocoa and Pecan Rum Balls 
Spiced Rum and Pecan Balls

Notes:  NoraA probably used white rum and increased amount.

Combine all ingredients except sugar; blend thoroughly.

Shape into small balls about one-inch (1-inch) in diameter; roll in the sugar.

Store in tightly covered container.

The Bacardi® Rum Balls recipe is from Bacardi® Imports, Inc, The Bacardi® Party Book (Miami: Bacardi & Company Limited, 1969), 29.

Karo® Holiday Rum Balls
Makes 54 pieces (4.5-dozen)
3.5 cups vanilla wafer crumbs, about 12-oz
1.5 cups powdered sugar (divided use)
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup Karo® Light or Dark Corn Syrup
1/3 cup light or dark rum

In a large bowl, combine the crumbs, 1 cup powdered sugar, pecans and cocoa. Stir in corn syrup and rum until blended.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Store in tightly covered container.

This recipe is from Karo® Syrup.

Chocolate Rum Balls
Makes 18 to 24 pieces
1 (16-oz) pkg vanilla wafers, finely crushed
2 cups confectioner's sugar + more for finishing
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup rum

In a large bowl, combine the vanilla wafers, 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar and the baking cocoa; mix well.

Add the pecans, corn syrup and rum; stir until stiff.

Coat hands with confectioners' sugar. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper and set aside for 1 hour. Then, roll the balls in confectioners' sugar.

Store between waxed paper layers in a tightly covered container.

This recipe is from the Junior League of Mobile, Inc, Bay Tables: A Collection of Recipes from the Junior League of Mobile (Nashville: Favorite Recipes Press, an imprint of FRP, 1999), 234.

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  1. You are going to be my husband's HERO. BY FAR. I'm making him all of these as a part of a Christmas present. Thinking of wrapping it in an booze box. I'm sure he'll eat them all in one sitting while claiming to just be researching if he can get drunk off of them! haha.

    1. Wonderful; I am firm believer in research and have already consumed an entire recipe of Irish Whiskey Balls. Cheers!