A Couple in the Christmas Candy Kitchen's second Christmas candy is a favorite with coworkers, neighbors and friends who request it every year - it's Rum Balls. (And right now, we're giggling thinking of the "Schwetty Balls" Saturday Night Live skit, and we hope you are too). It's very easy and makes about six dozen candies. We usually use regular white rum, but spiced or dark rum, or even bourbon offer a darker, deeper flavor that we've enjoyed in the past. A dusting of confectionary sugar over the top offers the illusion of newly fallen snow.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup rum
2 1/2 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
confectionary sugar for dusting
In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and corn syrup. Stir in rum, then add vanilla wafer crumbs and mix well. Cover and cool in refrigerator until mixture is hard enough to roll into balls. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, and using your hands, roll into 1/2-inch balls and place onto wax paper. Dust with confectionary sugar. Store in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.