These chocolate coconut rum balls were a staple of my childhood and I still can’t get enough of them! There are many variations of these rum balls floating around, but this recipe has always been my favourite.
These “rum” balls are kid-friendly and don’t actually have any rum in them, although you can add a teaspoon of rum extract for a boozy flavour!
These delicious treats only require four ingredients (yes, four!) and a little bit of preparation time. Enjoy!
- 250 g (9 oz) plain sweet biscuits (I use Milk Arrowroot or Marie/Maria biscuits)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup finely desiccated coconut, plus ½ cup extra for rolling
- 395 g (14 oz) tin of sweetened condensed milk
- Crush the biscuits either using a rolling pin or food processor. There should still be some reasonably large chunks of biscuit to give the rum balls a better texture.
- In a medium bowl, combine crushed biscuits, cocoa powder, and 1 cup of coconut. Stir until well combined. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until the mixture comes together and all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Place the remaining ½ cup of coconut in a small bowl. Roll a heaped tablespoon of mixture into a ball and roll the ball in coconut to coat. Place on a large plate or tray. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until quite firm. You can store the rum balls in unrefrigerated in an airtight container once they have set.
- You can store the rum balls unrefrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If your house is very hot, keep the rum balls in the refrigerator.
Substitutions & Tips
- How to crush the biscuits using a food processor: place the biscuits in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse on medium-high speed for 10-20 seconds, checking to see how crushed the biscuits are in between pulses. The biscuits should be about half crumbs and half chunks.
- How to crush the biscuits using a rolling pin: place the biscuits in a large zip-loc bag or freezer bag. Spread them out so they are in a flat layer. Crush with the long edge of the rolling pin, turning the bag over occasionally. If your bag gets a hole in it, you may need to double up with a second bag. The biscuits should be about half crumbs and half chunks.
- Biscuits: The US equivalent for Marie biscuits is Maria Cookies. You can also used vanilla tea cookies.
- Additions: you can give these rum balls a proper rum flavour by adding 1 tsp of rum extract, if desired. These biscuits are also delicious with 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp of peppermint flavouring!
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 Rum Ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 4.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17.5mgCarbohydrates: 14.6gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 9.6gProtein: 1.9g