Decisive Cravings Rumballs (Yum Balls) recipeRum Balls (Yum Balls)

Ironically these Rum Balls contain no rum, which is why I also refer to them as Yum Balls. Any visitor to a school fete or bake sale would be familiar with these classic little treats, especially around Christmas time. They’re very easy to put together, and for the treat eaters in your life, this recipe is definitely a crowd pleaser. 

The small ‘bite’ size of the rum balls also makes them an excellent option for a home-made gift, especially at Christmas or when making Christmas cookie boxes. For a healthier version, this recipe for raw cocoa date and coconut balls, is a great option.


Rum Balls (Yum Balls)

Makes 16-20.


1 packet plain sweet biscuits (Marie Biscuits)

3 tablespoons sifted cocoa powder

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup extra coconut (for rolling)



Finely crush biscuits in a food processor, mortar & pestle or a bag/cloth and crush with a rolling pin.


Once crushed, add cocoa powder, coconut and sweetened condensed milk to the biscuit mixture. Combine all ingredients well (mixture should be stiff).


Take a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into balls with your hands, then roll balls in extra coconut to coat.


Once you have completed your batch store them in the fridge. If you are making them ahead of time you can freeze them!


Notes:  For a more indulgent Rum/Yum Ball, replace the plain sweet biscuits with chocolate coated biscuits. Of course, there are plenty of alternatives to this recipe like adding almond slivers or even chia seeds. How do you mix yours up?