Chocolate Rum Truffles


If you’ve been reading for a long time, you know I don’t really like alcohol, unless it’s in dessert and then I go crazy for it. If I wrote It’s a Wonderful Life, the line would have been, “every time chocolate is mixed with liquor, an angel gets its wings.” I think these are that good. The texture is soft and almost chewy, like a chocolate candy with a sweet, seductive twist.


Embarrassingly enough I’m a lightweight and one of these is enough to make me feel way too good. When I was tempering and tasting the chocolate I wasn’t sure there was enough rum in it, but once the truffles were cooled and I took a bite—wow! They pack a punch of flavor.

No rum? No problem. Improvise the recipe with a different liquor. I can’t wait to try these with Kahlua.

Chocolate Rum Truffles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients(makes about 20 truffles):

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips OR 9.7oz semi-sweet baking chocolate cut into chunks
  • 2oz Bacardi rum
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder plus more for dusting



  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Once it’s in a liquid state, slowly incorporate the rum until it’s all combined and evenly mixed.
  2. Cool the chocolate and rum in a refrigerator for 10 minutes until it’s hardened but still sticks to itself.
  3. Sift in the cocoa powder while mixing the chocolate until all the cocoa powder has been used.
  4. Tear off pieces of chocolate and roll it into 1-inch balls.
  5. Fill a shallow bowl with cocoa powder and roll each ball in the powder until covered all around.
  6. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

After making these we’re almost out of rum and chocolate chips. That’s what I call an emergency.

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19 Responses to Chocolate Rum Truffles
  1. Julia
    August 29, 2011 | 9:03 am

    mmmmm, Kahlua would be OUTSTANDING or Bailey’s. But rum’s perfectly acceptable too 😉

  2. Kate @ The Pasta Free Runner
    August 29, 2011 | 9:03 am

    I’m glad you took a page out of my book and had a “drink” while baking. I also would like to point out that you are starting to kill my dreams of fitting into my wedding dress in a month. I’ll be making these VERY soon!

  3. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    August 29, 2011 | 9:32 am

    I remember accidentally eating a rum ball when I was a kid and almost choking. Don’t think I’ve had any type of alcoholic truffle/ball since then. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth
    August 29, 2011 | 9:56 am

    Hahaha… I remember a lady I worked with brought rum balls to the company Thanksgiving lunch. She was told to take them back home *sad face* My mom makes good truffles. I’ll say that they’re even better with a little alcohol (Kahlua or Triple Sec). Hmm… I think it might be time for a care package. Lol.

  5. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell
    August 29, 2011 | 9:59 am

    When I was younger, I used to eat Rum Cake in extreme excess in hopes of getting a little tipsy 😉

  6. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 29, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Kahlua sounds amazing in these! Although, these rum ones don’t look too bad themselves 😉

  7. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    August 29, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Mmmm Sounds Yummay! I am a total lightweight too! Sometimes when I get ice cream, I get Vanilla Bourbon Caramel – and that little taste of bourbo really sends me on a whirl ride! lol

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 29, 2011 | 2:35 pm

      That reminds me of the coconut rum raisin ice cream I made at the start of the Summer and still have in my freezer. I had to stop eating it because one scoop and I was done for the night.

  8. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 29, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    I bet they’d be great with Kahlua. Or Bailey’s!

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 29, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    I love cooking/baking with rum!

    I have rum cake balls (no bake, GF, vegan) and dark rum caramel sauce and rum softserve…I just love it!

    these truffles combine two of my fave food groups 🙂

  10. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
    August 29, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Evan – just saw your mug on FB…HLS/Attune Foods. Go tag yourself.

  11. Pure2raw twins
    August 29, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    love using alcohol in recipe and drinking while making it 🙂 haha

    I saw on the food network the other day Giada made truffles and she put red wine in!!!

  12. chandra
    August 29, 2011 | 8:25 pm

    Two of my favorite things – alcohol and ba… chocolate. 🙂

  13. Baking N Books
    August 29, 2011 | 10:19 pm

    lol – I don’t think 2 oz. can make you tipsy, let alone 1 serving!! Placebo effect? 😉

    I’ve never baked with liquor before. Must try that.

  14. Kelly
    August 30, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    Ok you had me at rum…these look absolutely delicious! What a great recipe! 🙂

  15. Joy
    August 31, 2011 | 6:17 am

    That second picture is a!mazing!! Can’t wait to try these with some chocolate raspberry liquor we have…

  16. The Chocolate Priestess
    August 31, 2011 | 9:24 am

    You are on a truffle kick, huh? Nice and I’m so jealous that these work out for you.

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  18. Kita
    September 1, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    LMAO. It’s a Wonderful Life would have been an entirely different movie if that were the case – though I’d still be all about it!
    These truffles look beautiful.