Intense Dark Chocolate Rum Balls

Intense Dark Chocolate Rum Balls –  aka Rum Truffles

I originally found this recipe from Dini’s blog, who writes Giramuk’s Kitchen, links you can find below:

To Dini’s about page:- Giramuk’s Kitchen About Page

To Dini’s page where I found thie Rum Truffle Recipe:- Intense Dark Chocolate Rum Balls

Dini has been cooking apparently since she was 7 years old and this for her is a lifelong passion.  She quotes that:-
The kitchen is also my Zen Place. Desserts are my passion. Chocolate… both my strength & my kryptonite!
She has a massive recipe index, so if you are ever cut short, can’t find something in your huge stash of cook books, go take a peek at her blog, I am sure you will find something of interest to cook.
I myself have been partial to rum balls since I was a child, when my mother would make them and I expect there are thousands of variations of this popular treat.  This was my first attempt and I discovered something important and that is that I am not very good at making rum balls!  You might want to go to Dini’s instructional page rather than use mine if you are going to attempt to make them, hehe.
I could blame my children who helped me, but no i shall take all credit for producing something that in all honesty looked like it might have come from the nether regions of some wild animal.
Yup, that is how I describe it, more like my ‘Poo Balls’ rather than something exotic like Intense Dark Chocolate Rum Balls that they were meant to be.
There was no amount of dusting these chocolatey balls, or shall I say drowning it in icing sugar that would make it look any better either.
What I will say thought is two things:
  1. Please go to the link for Giramuk’s recipe & instructions above to see what they are MEANT to look like, from the professional/expert, which is not me
  2. Irrelevant of what mine looked like they still tasted darn good so that is some kind of testament to the recipe being good in the first place, me thinks!  Adding two liquors might have something to do with it, hehe, yup I ran out of rum and well added a dash of cointreau

Intense Dark Chocolate Rum balls aka Rum Truffles

I took this recipe originally from Giramuk’s Kitchen of which you will find multiple links above.

This made around 20 rum balls, probably due to mine being varying sizes, Dini said they should make around 27.
Rum Truffle
  • 14.5oz/ 400g biscuits/cookies – I used digestives as suggested, Dini has additional suggestions on her blog.
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsp natural cocoa
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 6 oz / 170g bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp Rum – I ran out here, so added Cointreau
  • 1-2 tbsp icing sugar (optional)
If you wish to coat the rum balls please refer to Dini’s recipe as I did not do this.
Method – this is what I did
  1. Melt the chocolate, butter & 1/2 the rum until smooth, then let cool slightly.
  2. Process the biscuits, coconut powder, then place in a bowl.
  3. Add the chocolate/butter/rum mix to the biscuit mix, this is where your wooden spoon comes in handy to mix it all up.
  4. Add the rest of the rum, it should then get pretty messy and sticky, mine however seemed a little dry and crumbly which is where things started to go wrong.
  5. You can add powdered sugar at this stage, I didn’t
  6. Knead the dough, let the dough rest and cool until it is less sticky, this bit worked for me, though it was still a bit cumbly.
  7. Then make your balls, approx 1 inch, mine were varying sizes, and put them on parchment paper.  Because mine were crumbly I added some more melted chocolate and alcohol, oh crickey that then gave it a kick and allowed it to be how I thought it should.
  8. It is as this stage you can cover the balls or coat them, again refer back to Dini’s recipe as I did not do this, apart from dusting with icing sugar which was a move to disguise how they looked LOL.
  9. I kept this in the fridge for a good week in an airtight container and it was fine.

Now I promise that my cooking attempts aren’t always like this, I can and do, do much better, at times…coughs!

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  31 comments for “Intense Dark Chocolate Rum Balls

  1. January 5, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Sounds decident. I dont drink ( tons of prescription meds), so have to think of something to replace the rum. Then they wont be rum balls anymore, would they.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      yes i dont really drink either due to meds, its not as bad as it was though and i can only have one of these lol, but they are nice very tempting and naughty xx

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      i am not sure what could be a good non alcoholic replacement that has got me wondering x

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  2. January 5, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    My sister makes rum balls every year for Christmas. One thing she uses in her recipe is an equal mixture of light and dark rum.

    Regardless, these rum balls look delicious, and I shall definitely save this recipe!

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      ooh that sounds good. We usually get Bajan rum, but lacking in supply at the moment, no one wants to bring heavy bottles back hehe. They are delish, glad your saving the dish x

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  3. January 5, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Sounds delicious and Yummy! In Middle East it’s Served chilled, these balls are formed when a batch of brownies is broken into bits, flavored with dark rum, and rolled

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    • January 5, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      oh that sounds greawt, chilled and in fact just like how i did it. I made it that way which ithink was the way i was not meant to make it and i kept them chilled in the fridge, very nice 🙂 x


  4. Ema Jones
    January 5, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Anything that combines Rum as an ingredient has got to be the ace.

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  5. January 5, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    It’s not all about the looks and I’m sure those poo balls tasted pretty fabulous 😉 xx

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  6. January 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    LOL that’s funny. My mum makes them too, I will get her to compare with your recipe. X


  7. January 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Oh wow, you can make these for me and mail them. LOL

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  8. January 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Thank you for sharing my recipe 🙂


    • January 5, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      oh a total pleasure i am rather embarrassed you seeing how mine looked haha..oh my i am soooooo bad at doing them, they will be scarred in to my mind now and I will get them right one day hehe


  9. NotAPunkRocker
    January 5, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    I miss rum cake. I know the alcohol burns off when you bake it, but you are supposed to add more after. These sound divine 🙂

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    • January 5, 2015 at 6:20 PM

      oh my these do taste alcoholic so much so my kids eyes were watering lolol..haha, maybe it was the mix of two things!


    • January 5, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      and no, they just had a not sending my kids inebriated to school lol…thought i best put that in before smoeone reports me lol


  10. January 5, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Oh yes pls!!!

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  11. January 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to try it out

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    • January 10, 2015 at 6:38 PM

      oh you really need to it is amazing a lovely recipe to find x


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