Black Cherry & Hazelnut Rum Balls

Serves 4 | Complexity: Easy



  • 400g digestive biscuits
  • 40ml rum
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup powdered drinking chocolate
  • 200g milk cooking chocolate, melted (over double boiler)
  • 1/2 cup tinned black cherries and some of the tinned syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate flecks (to coat)
  • 1 cup moist coconut flakes (to coat)
  • 200g dark cooking chocolates (to coat)



  1. Add the drinking chocolate and now empty these dry ingredients into a bowl with the melted milk chocolate and rum. Mix together with your hands until mixture is combined. If it feels dry, add a tiny splash of the cherry syrup and combine.
  2. Place a small amount of the mixture into your hands, place a cherry on top, add more of the mixture on top and roll into balls.
  3. Over a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Roll each of the rum balls into the melted dark chocolate to coat.
  4. Roll half of the rum balls through the chocolate flecks and the other half through the moist coconut flakes.
  5. Refrigerate for approx. 30 minutes.


  • WHAT’S IN SEASON | FRUIT: IN SEASON Apples, pears, quinces, persimmons, mandarins, Aussie navels.   BERRIES Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are scarce. NSW blueberries starting soon and look for prices to fall.  CANDY MELONS Try these sweet variety of  honey dew melon with a candy aroma. CITRUS It’s our favourite time of year for mandarins right now with fantastic Imperial mandarins and daisy mandarins starting. Lemons and limes good value. FEIJOAS This fruit is really growing in popularity it grows in Canberra and has a really interesting taste KIWIFRUIT Qld Aussie kiwi Goldkiwifruit great at the moment plus try cute and flavourful red kiwis.  NUTS Walnuts and chestnuts.  PAPAYA Scarce.  PERSIMMONS Hard and soft in season (don’t keep in the fridge). PLUMS Still eating and stewing well (cook and freeze now for later). POMEGRANATE Peak season with magnificent large and very glam Aussie poms in season.  VEGETABLES: IN SEASON Broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes.  ASPARAGUS Imported only.   AVOCADOES Improving all the time as the growing season moves further South. Probably a month until the really good fruit.   PEAS Lovely sweet peas this week.  POTATOES & PUMPKIN Washed Dutch Creams in season also try grammar pumpkin.  TOMATOES Lots of cherry varieties in season. Local Roma and round (Thilmere) tomatoes.  FLOWERS It’s Mothers Day this weekend so many flowers in store. Great roses, tulips and natives.