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    Default What sort of rum?

    What sort of rum should I get for rum balls?

    Normally we don't drink rum, so we pretty much have only had rum balls when DH's parents are here. But DH loves them so much I thought I would have a go at making them this year.

    Or if I don't use rum (or rum essence) what other spirits work in rum balls)?

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    My favourite is Bundaberg. There are a few varieties and they are all awesome.

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    I've always used any dark rum I can find in a small bottle for cooking, as opposed to a Bacardi/white one. I usually just get a small bottle of whatever is cheapest for rum balls.

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    White for drinking, dark for cooking.

    If you are only using it for rum balls, I would get a very small bottle and choose a better quality rum.

    You could potentially use Frangelico or Kahlua in rum balls, brandy also.

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    I bought dark rum 'flavoured' essence (i.e. No alcohol) for my tropical fruit trifle on account of me being pregnant and wanting to eat lots of trifle I think dark rum flavours would work best with rum balls.

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    I've always used a dark rum. Bundy packs a punch right up, but there was this other locally made brand that I brought a while back and used it to make rum balls for DD2's teacher - well I didn't think it really hit the spot even after 4 tablespoons, but OMG, all it needed was to rest and they packed a hell of a punch later on! Bundy is your best bet because rum balls just aren't the same without real rum in them.

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    Thanks everyone!!

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    Why is the rum gone?


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    Everyone relax! Rum is in da house!!!

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    Note to the ghost of christmas cooking future: just use rum. Don't bother with the essence.

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    Ditto for vanilla.

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marydean View Post
    Note to the ghost of christmas cooking future: just use rum. Don't bother with the essence.
    Quote Originally Posted by peanutter View Post
    Ditto for vanilla.
    Yep and Yep. I don't even know why they make 'essence' of these two things because they just don't compare to the real deal.

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    Default Re: What sort of rum?

    We made a split batch & half were real rum (my recipe was 1/4 of a cup - none of this "tablespoons" business ) and half were essence. I did this because it was a chocolate-cake based recipe & I thought the kids might like them, hence the essence. But the kids didn't like them so I'll do a straight rum batch next year & maybe try the cherry ripe balls as well.


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