let the good times roll–part deux

A recent conversation with fellow bloggers got me thinking rumballs. More specifically, it got me thinking that I will need rumballs to survive upcoming holiday travels.

But instead of rumballs, I recalled another candied ball of booze. A few years back, my husband and I traveled to Kentucky and it was there that I fell in love with bourbon. And Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls. These sweet Kentucky gems have a great back story (Which I’ve featured at Blog of Funny Names–read about it here. There’s a video of a fellow RR bourbon ball fan making a batch, too.) and are one-of-a-kind in the bourbon ball world. (The more traditional bourbon balls were featured at food for fun nearly two years ago–these of course were the part un.)

A recent purchase of more chocolate than anyone really needs (thank you, Trader Joe’s!) made the decision for me and Rebecca Ruth’s chocolate-dipped bourbon balls were my project for the night.

Chowhound’s recipe caught my eye as it was as simple as 1/2 cup butter, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 5 tablespoons bourbon. The amount of chocolate was vague, but I melted 14 ounces of dark chocolate and ended up with just a bit left over.

The process wasn’t overly long nor was it too messy. Best part: I now have 40 or so bourbon balls that should keep for a long while, powering me through the Christmas holidays and quite possibly taking me into the new year. Though I plan to share, so they may not make it that long.



Speaking of sharing, I wish I could give everyone here a Rebecca Ruth Kentucky-style bourbon ball as a token of my gratitude. I appreciate you reading and wish you a blessed and wonderful holiday season. Food for fun is off for the next week or so, but already looking forward to coming back in 2014 with fun new food finds. Until then, enjoy the crazy delicious that is life.

so sweet

so sweet

60 thoughts on “let the good times roll–part deux

    • Thanks, Tracy. This packs an even more powerful punch (boxing joke for Dave πŸ˜€ ) than the cake.

      Wishing you well in your holiday season as well. Stay warm and dry, even though it is snowing all over the blogosphere,

    • You, too, Saucy. Appreciate you being here and am not surprised we’re both thinking rum/bourbon balls. I usually make rum balls, so might get a batch of those in as well.

      Will be in touch as soon as I meet my next two deadlines. Am glad work has picked up on my end, but it’s meant putting other projects aside for a bit. Appreciate your patience!!

      Happy holidays to you and yours πŸ™‚

  1. A new reason to try to make bourbon balls!! My first effort was so full of bourbon, only the true sots int he group appreciated their taste!! Thanks Liz, you leave us with something yummy to try. Wishing you the most wonderful holiday season of all time!! hugs, m

    • These are plenty boozy, Mimi so still might be appreciated by the sots in your set πŸ˜‰ Love that you’ve already given it a go.

      Wishing you and yours happy holidays as well.

    • Thanks, Jenny. lol, because everyone needs consoling when I’m gone. haha. Wishing you happy holidays as well. Hoping you get plenty of time off before starting up that new life πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Ger!! Fun to have you here–appreciate you coming over. These are definitely New Year’s treats. Bourbon ball in one hand and champagne flute in the other–what a way to welcome in 2014 πŸ˜€

    • indeed I do πŸ˜‰ Thanks for being a regular here in my virtual kitchen! Thinking these bourbon balls would be a lovely add-on to your gift of spicy spirits for your fellow educators.

      It wouldn’t be a party here without you, Beth (here and at BoFN) and I am deeply grateful for your always coming round πŸ˜€ Happy holidays to you and yours.

  2. Happy Holidays, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends, I have had bourbon balls, they are wonderful. I haven’t made rum balls in a long time, now that you mention bourbon thats what I want. They look really delicious,

    • Thanks, Karinna! They are that good πŸ™‚ Glad you came by–looks like we share much of the same cooking background and philosophy. Will be fun to follow you.

  3. Tasty indeed. I am not a fan of bourbon though my entire family enjoys it and even got my husband drinking it too and he is actually from Kentucky. I did discover a taste for bourbon when at a distillery in Kentucky though (Woodford Reserve). Though pregnant with baby number two at the time I was able to enjoy a bourbon ball they had. More like a truffle but quite tasty! I do love rum balls too, may have to add them to the list…if there ever is enough time! Happy holidays and looking forward to more posts in the new year.

    • You know exactly what I”m talking about! The Kentucky-style bourbon balls are totally different–more trufflle-like, like you say–than the traditional bourbon and rum balls.

      My husband and I traveled the bourbon trail when we were in KY (complete with passport) and I got so excited about how bourbon is made, etc. Such a fascinating spirit.

      Wishing you well in your busy holiday season. Yes, lots to do and most of it great fun. Appreciate you coming by and your kind words!

  4. Liz!! Oh my goodness, I’m late to the rum ball party. I hope there’s one or two left, they look amazing! But before we get to the food – it’s snowing on your page !!! I love it! So festive πŸ™‚ Thanks for always making everyone feel so welcome in your kitchen and I hope you have a wonderful, food filled holiday!

    • oh, you HAVE had a tough day, amb. Will take extra-good care of you here. No rum balls (still need EJ’s recipe), but do have bourbon balls. Can find extra eggnog for you, too, so why don’t you take a seat on the couch next to Mimi, put your feet up, and sink down into those cushions. Have blankets, too, in case that snow gets too cold.

      Appreciate your kind words more than you’ll ever know πŸ˜€

  5. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Looks tasty! How long does this recipe take. You may actually convince me to cook for once in my life!

    • There’s obviously supposed to be a question mark in there, so I’ll make a “creative decision” to switch the ending of that sentence with this one?

      • Holy cow–your “mmmmm” went off the page πŸ˜€ Have never seen you this enthusiastic about a food for fun post, Dave πŸ˜‰ Glad it tripped your trigger. Took a few hours, but I was also doing other things at the time (putting kids to bed, etc). Decided to make them 8ish and had it all together by 10 or so. And that included the chill time. (wouldn’t have had room in the fridge, but the cold outdoor temps do occasionally come in handy) You can totally make these and I hope you do. Thanks for coming over and turning up the volume around here!

  6. Having a reserve of 40 bourbon balls means you’re ready, Liz, for just about anything the holidays are going to throw your way. These do sounds good and really are easy to make. I should think about building a reserve for myself. πŸ™‚
    Hope your Christmas is wonderful and may 2014 be a good year for you and yours.

    • You’re brilliant, John–I am indeed ready for anything now πŸ™‚ Wishing you a merry Christmas as well and am looking forward to reading more about your family’s recipes in 2014. (and yes, do go ahead and build that reserve!)

    • thanks, Ada! Yes, the bourbon balls would be perfect for New Year’s Eve πŸ™‚ Happy happy to you, too. See you on the flip side of ’14 πŸ™‚ Enjoy your celebrations.

  7. Thank you very much for following the blog, I really look forward to reading your posts and happy new year 2014. Gede Prama πŸ™‚

    • Wow, am I late on replying to these comments. Somehow fell in a black hole maybe? Thanks for coming over to enjoy the bourbon balls. Just picked up a bag of bourbon ball “boo boos” on a recent Kentucky trip so won’t have to make any for a while. Yes, a bit dangerous to just be able to pop them in, but they’re rich enough that you won’t get too many in without starting to feel the sugar.

      • I hate when that happens! Sometimes comments just get missed πŸ™‚ I am going to try making something like this when I am back in Colorado- it will be just in time for the holidays! πŸ™‚

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever had bourbon, but I love me some dark chocolate, so I would try these. The only problem is there no way I could eat just one.

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