My grandmother always had requests for this recipe and being the "teetotaler" that she was, refused to use rum. We always got a huge kick out of that. She substituted rum flavoring in this recipe. I decided to post the original recipe with rum. Substitute if you like....it's just as good. It does take a while to make and MAKE SURE TO READ THE FULL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING....I really messed up the first time I made it, believe me.