A popular Christmas treat, these simple and yet, decadent rum balls are a quick, easy add to our Christmas treat or to our Kuswar. Kuswar, derived from the Portuguese term consoada, means dinner served on Christmas eve. It’s a set of Christmas sweets prepared by the Catholics in India during Christmas. On Christmas day, after mass, we’d take plates of Christmas sweet – rum balls, marzipan, rose kookies, kulkuls, biscuits, gauva cheese and more – all homemade and exchange treats with our neighbors. Now living in the US, we have tried to keep the tradition going. We often have carol-singing parties followed by a Kuswar exchange. This easy-to-make treat is a decadent add to the Kuswar plate.
1 minute prep time, 1 minute in the microwave, let it cool a couple of minutes, form the rum balls and before you know it, you have a delicious treat on hand!
Time: 10 minutes Servings: 50-60 rum balls
- 1 14oz condensed milk
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons Spiced Rum (feel free to add more if you’d like to up the alcohol content) – avoid alcohol, if you’d like
- 1 tablespoon butter (to coat palms to form the balls)
- 1/4 cup tiny walnut pieces
- Prep a sheet of parchment paper by rubbing a spoon of hardened butter over the sheet – this will prevent the fudge from sticking to the sheet later.
- In a microwave-safe dish pour the condensed milk and then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Place the dish in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir the contents until the chips and condensed milk is well blended and smooth. Stir in the rum.
- Microwave in 15 second increments incase the chips are not melted as the duration varies by the microwave.
- Pour the contents of the dish on the parchment paper. Place in the fridge to cool or cool on the countertop.
- When cool to touch, coat palms with butter and take teaspoon full of fudge and roll into a ball on the palm of your hand. Top with a tiny piece of walnut, similar to the picture
- Place the balls in an airtight bowl to store, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.