Monday, November 15, 2010

Hershey's Cocoa Holiday Rum Balls Recipe

So my question for all of you is....what can you make for the holidays with the help of Bacardi Light Rum, Hershey's baking Cocoa and Nilla Wafers???
Well I found the answer to this question back in December of 2000.  You can make delicious Cocoa Rum Balls.  The only challenging part of this recipe is the wait to enjoy them.  You have to let them set in an air tight container for at least two weeks - so they can develop their flavor and texture.  The Rum soaks into the Nilla Wafers like a sponge and by the time you get to the end product - no one will ever guess the main ingredient is Nilla Wafers. 

The other ingredient that can not be left out is the chopped walnuts.  The walnuts create the perfect balance between the burn from the rum , the sweetness from the Nilla Wafers and sugar and the chocolaty goodness of the Hershey's Cocoa.  It cannot image this recipe without the bitter taste from the walnuts.

My boys LOVE helping create this Christmas goodie.  And I love watching them help.

As you can see by the photos they get into creating these with all their bodies, hearts and souls.  My two youngest enjoyed crushing the Nilla Wafers.  They even at one point brought out the big Tonka trucks to help with the crushing process.  My biggest suggestion if you have your children helping - Make sure you DOUBLE bag the Nilla Wafers that need to be crushed. 

My oldest felt very important as he got the job of using the hand nut grinder to take care of the walnuts.  He loved measuring out the finished walnuts to the "exact" amount needed for the recipe.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.


1 - 12oz package of Nilla Wafers - crushed
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's Baking Cocoa
1/2 cup light rum
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
**And 1 cup of Confectioners sugar to coat the ball in**


In a large bowl, combine Nilla Wafers, chopped walnuts, 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, and Hershey's baking cocoa.  Add rum and corn syrup.  Blend well.  Shape into 1 inch balls and roll them into confectioners sugar.

Store the rum balls in a airtight container for a least 2 weeks.  Roll them again in confections sugar before serving.

I love experiencing the Holidays through the eyes of a child.


  1. Thanks for posting this. I lost my recipe and can't find thison the Hersheys site. My co-workers would kill me if I didn't make these!

  2. So glad you found the recipe here on Fishful Thinking. Happy Holidays.

  3. I made these using congac at a little less than the 1/2 cup then added a little godiva chocolate liquor. Oh yummy it was good. Thanks for sharing your recipe I have been looking for these since my mother in law passed. They took them off the Website too I think.


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