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dark chocolate coconut rum balls on a gold plate

I’m really sorry to have to do this to you today.

Especially if your day includes pressing snooze 42 times, 3 cups of coffee, 365 emails, hardcore gym sesh, the healthiest dinner of the week because Monday, and… the best part of all… laundry.

But you must rethink those plans. At least the gym, healthy dinner, and laundry part because now you’re making dark chocolate coconut RUM truffles instead. I don’t even like coconut rum, except now I do. Must be the chocolate.

coconut rum truffles

Today coconut rum teams with honey, cocoa powder, actual coconut, vanilla, and toasted pecans and it’s all enrobed under a generous layer of pure dark chocolate. That’s a crazy amount of flavor and texture in 1 bite size truffle, but we’re never afraid of overdoing it here. Oh! I forgot to mention a little orange zest because dark chocolate and orange = ♥ ♥ ♥

Here’s what’s going down. And if you don’t understand anything you’re about to read you can watch me actually making them in the video below PLUS exactly how I dip truffles in chocolate. Yay!

These aren’t traditional truffles made from chocolate and cream. More like Oreo truffles meets holiday rum balls. In fact, this recipe was inspired by the cocoa rum ball recipe in Sally’s Candy Addiction. Rum balls are delicious, especially if you use coconut rum instead of regular rum. But we’re going a step further today! Let’s start with the pecans. We’re going to toast them to really bring out their flavor. You can use walnuts instead of pecans, just make sure they are chopped nice and fine. If there’s a nut allergy in your house, you can use extra graham cracker crumbs. Traditional rum balls are made with vanilla wafers, but any dry cookie crumb will do. Graham cracker flavor seemed to work well with what I was throwing into the bowl. Also, I didn’t have any vanilla wafers because I forgot to pick up a box.

pecans in a food processor

dry ingredients for coconut rum truffles in a glass bowl

dark chocolate coconut rum balls on a gold plate

We’ve also got confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder for some binding dry ingredients and a little honey not only for sweetness and flavor, but to help all the ingredients stick. Vanilla extract and orange zest for added flavor and the star of the show: coconut rum!

Guess what. If you don’t want to add coconut rum at all, you can add orange juice in its place. Very tasty with all these flavors.

How to Dip Truffles

I use this dipping tool set when I dip truffles. More specifically, the spiral one. You can see it in the video below, but I dunk the entire ball into the melted chocolate then lift out with the tool. Tap it a few times to rid excess chocolate then quickly flip it over onto the lined baking sheet. Then– and this is the secret touch– I make a swirl motion when I lift the tool off the truffle. This creates a pretty swirly look on top.

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dark chocolate coconut rum balls on a gold plate

Dark Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles (Video)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 55 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 25 truffles 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


My favorite rum balls taken up a notch! Turn them into dark chocolate coconut rum truffles with a couple easy steps.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sheets)
  • 1 cup (110g) shelled pecans
  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (10g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (45g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut rum*
  • 1 cup (80g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces (282g) quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread pecans on top and toast for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then give them a fine chop or pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. See photo above for how mine look.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except for the chopped chocolate to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes (and up to 2 days) before forming into balls. Chilling makes the mixture sturdier and easier to work with.
  3. During the last few minutes of the chilling time, begin melting the chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. I like to use a liquid measuring cup. Its depth makes it easier for dipping. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to slightly cool before dipping.
  4. Remove chilled mixture from the refrigerator. Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture and roll into a ball, then dip completely into the chocolate using a dipping tool (see video above for how I dip!). Repeat with the remaining mixture. When lifting the ball out of the chocolate, remember to tap the dipping tool gently on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off.  Place balls back onto the baking sheet after you dip each one. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely set before serving.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: These truffles are best made ahead of time because the flavors intensify after a day or two. You can either prepare the mixture through step 2 up to 2 days in advance or you can roll the mixture into balls then refrigerate or freeze. Chocolate doesn’t look or taste ideal after being refrigerated or frozen for too long, so I usually just roll the mixture into balls then coat them in chocolate the day I need them. Here’s how I store the uncoated balls: layer between sheets of parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, then coat in chocolate.
  2. Rum: If coconut rum (or rum in general) isn’t your thing, use orange juice in its place. This will make an incredible dark chocolate orange coconut truffle.
  3. Chocolate: I like Ghirardelli or Baker’s brand. Use 10 ounces of chocolate if coating all of the truffles. I only coated half with chocolate in these photos, so I used about 5-6 ounces of chocolate. For the rest, I rolled them in graham cracker crumbs. You can also roll in chopped sweetened (and toasted!) coconut as well.
  4. Special Tools: Double boiler (always recommended for melting chocolate- I like this one and this one) and dipping tools (makes dipping easy and pretty!)
  5. Adapted from cocoa rum balls in Sally’s Candy Addiction cookbook.

Keywords: coconut rum truffles

dark chocolate coconut rum balls on a gold plate

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Sally,
    If I don’t have orange zest can I substitute with orange oil ? And how much ? Thank you ! 

    1. How about 1/4 teaspoon to start. Taste, then add more if you’d like.

  2. Hi Sally! I would like to make these for a party but it’s a nut-free event…. If I leave out the nuts, will I have to alter the recipe at all otherwise? Thank you!

    1. Hi Tammi, I would suggest trying another truffle recipe. Here are the ones on my blog and there are many more in my Candy Addiction cookbook:

  3. Hi Sally! I’m getting started on Valentine’s Day a little early. I plan on making these divine looking truffles and can’t wait to get started! I have a lot to make. My question is what kind of cocoa powder do you use? Dutch Processed or Unsweetened?
    Thank You for all your marvelous recipes. I love your insight and expertise! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Hi Donna! I recommend unsweetened cocoa powder. You can use dutch-process or natural. Enjoy!

  4. Hi Sally, Another couple questions… do you use salted or unsalted pecans? Also, if you are swapping out rum for coconut rum, what would be the exchange, and how much added vanilla and rum extract?
    As always, your talent and creativity never ceases to amaze me!
    Happy Valentines Day!

    1. Hi Donna! You can use either salted or unsalted pecans. If you like salty/sweet, you can use salted. The regular rum is a 1:1 substitution for coconut rum. Feel free to add a bit of rum extract, but it’s not necessary. This recipe just uses 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

  5. Do the rum balls need to be kept in frig when done?

    1. Hi Sandra, See recipe note #1 for how I store these.

  6. I had unsweetened coconut on hand so added a little extra sugar…and had ‘no choice’ but to add double the rum made it so much more delicious! Thanks for a great recipe! Although the taste was amazing, I think it could be a bit more truffle-y inside and less grainy…maybe with coconut cream?

  7. Does it matter what kind of chocolate you use when dipping? Milk, semi, dark. Would chocolate chips work for this part or is it still best to use baking chocolate?

    1. Hi Julie, we prefer to use semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, but milk chocolate should work as well. It’s best to use baking chocolate here.