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You are right Charishma...these balls are very addicting! I made them for a Christmas party and my roomate snuck off into her room with the container. Between the two of us, ther was none left for the party! I will make these again next year. They were also super easy to make and I liked the fact that I didn't have to bake. Thanks for a great new recipe.

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kristi ward December 17, 2002

O.k, Gang - listen very carefully - if you eat these in less than a week after they are made, they will taste very "rummy". Maybe, even too rummy. Rummy enough to make you whine, "Wellll....they're good, but....ya' know...they're a little strong. Maybe we shouldn't keep this recipe." Oh, ye of little faith. Allow them to sit in an airtight container in a cool place for at least a week as recommended by the recipe poster with the really long name. (Our garage in the dead of Michigan winter served just dandy.) Then, carefully take one out of the container, close your eyes and place it on your tongue, closing your mouth ever so gently. The wonderful smooth chocolate rum flavor will slowly and seductively roll its way over the entire surface of your tongue while your brain sees visions of Carribean beaches and swaying palm trees. Oh, heavenly diversion!!!! Oh, bliss on earth!!!! Trust me. Go on. Try it.

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Rumpole January 12, 2004

Charishma, these rum balls are FANTASTIC! Very easy to put together. I rolled half in powdered sugar and half in the crushed cookie crumbs. Didn't have enough vanilla wafers to make three cups, so crushed chocolate graham crackers, and mixed the two together! Only had Light Rum, and next batch, I'll use a little less than called for. It was just a tad too "Rummy"! Great recipe, and I thank you for sharing. Definitely a nice addition for the Christmas season. LC

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Laudee December 13, 2002

Well my kids got into the nilla wafers before I started, so I did not have enough... then I used the normal amount of ingredients other than the wafers... I tried to roll a ball... too sticky, so licked it off my hands( I could not see washing that goodness down the sink) mixed in more sugar, tried again same problem, about 30 tries later I got the right consistancy, but had to sit down awhile... I only got 2 rum balls, but boy the process of getting there was great!

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rmsings December 21, 2008

These should be called chocolate rum balls instead of vanilla (even though they're made with Nilla wafers). Strong cocoa flavor and dark brown. Note that the 3 cups of vanilla wafers is measured after crushing. Need a whole box of wafers.

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terriannlong November 23, 2008

Charishma, j'accuse! These balls ruined my diet!! They are absolutely fabulous! Definitely try and let them sit in the frigde for a week, it really makes them even better. I know this as I did empirical research - I kept eating a ball a day, every day, the rum balls kept getting better and better, and 7 days later I couldn't control myself anymore. My fiancé had 3 (which is a lot for him as he doesn't care for sweets, the odd man) and I gobbled up the rest. Yup, all by myself in a single day. So, my idea of servings: two. Three for my fiancé and 32 for me. :-) I made 35 rum balls and by my calculations they were 1,5 WW points per ball. Ouch, but so, so worth it. I rolled half of the balls in cocoa powder and half in chocolate milk powder, and I can't really decide which I like better. I think I'll stick to my 50/50 approach. I'll be making these again soon!

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stormylee July 28, 2003

I make these for the holidays almost every year. I've made this exactly as directed but now I add 1 Tbs of good vanilla extract and 1 Tbs of cacao liquor. These really do need to sit for a week. Resist the temptation to eat them before that!

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MarielC April 25, 2010

I just finished making a batch of these for our cookie exchange tomorrow. I hope I can stay away from them tonight! The only change I made is that I used brandy instead of rum and I cut the amount back to just under half a cup. Some I rolled in chocolate sprinkles, some in chopped nuts and some in coloured candy sprinkles. They look impressive and taste awesome. It is like having a nip of brandy! Definitely will add this to my list of favourites!

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lpvintage December 21, 2002

I chose this recipe for my first attempt at making rum balls. I was very happy with the result! They really aren't too "rummy" after the first day. Right when you think the rum will overpower, it gently blends in with the rest of the flavors. This is an excellent recipe. They were sticky blobs when first spooned onto a cookie sheet. After a half an hour or so, they were much easier to handle...the ingredients must "settle". My favorite coating is coconut and powdered sugar. I highly recommend this recipe!

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carolyn f. July 30, 2016

These are easy and excellent provided that you make them ahead of time. YOU MUST MAKE THESE AT LEAST 3 DAYS AHEAD, preferably more. I made them 5 days ahead and tasted them right after I made them. They lacked flavor. So I put them away and took them out for new years eve, and they were great!

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topdog ollie January 01, 2014
Vanilla Rum Balls