Treat your near and dear ones with these boozy, fudgy Rum-infused truffles. Rum balls are traditional Christmas treats which are no-bake, easy-to-prepare and a perfect indulgent treat for the holidays!
Ask me what is the best thing in my life as an Army Wife, I may say that we celebrate every festival irrespective of religion or region. As a typical Malayalee, I didn’t know how to play Holi or how to fast for Karvachauth(well, I still do not do it). But you get my point. It is through this life that I get to visit (and stay) at various places, mostly offbeat, and experience different culture and tradition.
Christmas is celebrated in posh and grandeur in almost all parts of the world. For me, it is my Mom’s birthday and we have the typical birthday celebrations like cutting a cake or going for a dinner. And since it is Christmas holidays, we celebrate with friends and family including cousins and neighbours. I believe that the bonding, sharing and caring is what makes a festival really enjoyable!
There is no dearth of celebrations in our life in the Army. Whether it is someone’s birthday or anniversary or when your husband comes home after an ‘exercise’ it is a time to get together and rejoice. In Army, they call Rum as ‘Regularly Used Medicine‘ and there is a strong affinity towards Old Monk. I use it to make rum balls. Well, well…
The first time I had rum balls was when a colleague offered them at work. It was during one of the night-shifts and man, the rest is history! I used to sniff around Monginis ever since and it has become one of my guilty pleasures. Believe me when I say the husband found and got me these on my birthday last February, even at a place like this!
Rum balls are the essence of Christmas. They are gorgeous looking balls brimming with dark rum, chocolate, and Christmas cake spice mix. You can use leftover Christmas cakes, brownies, or plum cakes.
How to Make No Bake Rum balls at Home:
- For a kid-friendly or teetotaler version, omit the rum and use rum essence instead.
- Coat the rumballs with sprinkles of your choice, chocolate shavings, cocoa powder or desiccated coconut.
- For a more rich version, along with the crumbled cake, add roasted and ground walnuts/almonds.
- The amount of rum used here gives a strong punch. You can reduce the amount if you please.
- You can stuff the rum balls with cherries or raisins which were soaked in rum for a couple of hours.
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