Kid-Friendly Rum Balls (chocolate & coconut balls)

Super easy and kid-friendly rum balls made from crushed biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and coconut and ready in just 5 minutes. This is a great recipe to make with the kids (and perfect for school lunch box treats). 

A plate of rum balls suitable for kids.

A Rum Ball Recipe Made Without Rum (great for kids!)

Most classic rum ball recipes are made with a dash of rum (totally delicious but adults-only, of course!)… but our rum ball recipe has absolutely no rum in it at all, making it perfect for kids! 

A cake stand topped with rum balls made from biscuit crumbs, coconut, sweetened condensed milk and cocoa.

4 Ingredient Rum Balls

This is the easiest no-bake recipe ever!!! All you need is: 

  • crushed biscuits 
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • cocoa powder
  • desiccated coconut

… that’s it! This is such a yummy and budget-friendly recipe (you might even have the ingredients in your pantry right now!). 

A white plate with rum balls made from coconut, cocoa, crushed biscuits and sweetened condensed milk.

How to Make Rum Balls

This is the quickest 5 minute recipe – simply crush, mix, roll and coat!

Step 1: Crush the biscuits

You can crush the biscuits by hand using a rolling pin (pop the biscuits into an airtight plastic bag and continue to bang them until they resemble fine crumbs). But if you want to save time, then simply crush them in a food processor, blender or Thermomix. 

A bowl with round biscuits and then the same bowl with the biscuits crushed to fine crumbs.

Step 2: Add the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut 

Give the mixture a good stir until it’s completely combined and the sweetened condensed milk has coated the dry ingredients. 

Sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and coconut being added to a bowl and mixed together.

Step 3: Roll into balls and coat in extra coconut. 

Using your hands, roll the mixture into heaped teaspoon-sized balls and then toss through a bowl of coconut until well coated.

Rum ball mixture being rolled into balls and coated in coconut.

How to Store Rum Balls

Store rum balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Alternatively, freeze them in an airtight container for up to 2 months and allow to come to room temperature before eating.

A chocolate coconut ball being coated in coconut.

Easy School Lunch Box Recipes

Our rum ball recipe is a great option for school lunch boxes – quick, easy and a guaranteed winner with the kids!

If you’ve made rum balls ahead of time and frozen them, you can place them straight into your kids lunch box and it will be defrosted and ready to eat by morning tea time – super handy!

For more easy lunch box snacks, check out our entire lunch box recipe collection here. 

A half eaten chocolate coconut ball.

Top Tips For Making Rum Balls

Rum balls are SO simple to make – but here’s a few handy tips for making them perfect every single time!

  • choose a plain sweet biscuit for crushing (I used Arnott’s Marie biscuits that are readily available in all Australian supermarkets). If you can’t buy Arnott’s biscuits, use any plain sweet biscuit you like. If you’re in the US, choose a plain sweet cookie – like a sugar cookie or butter cookie). 
  • You can easily crush the biscuits using a food processor, blender or Thermomix. If you don’t have any of these, you can always crush the biscuits using a rolling pin (simply place the biscuits into a sealable plastic bag and hit with the rolling pin until fine crumbs remain). 
  • As a rule, I prefer to use full fat sweetened condensed milk in my baking. However in this recipe, it doesn’t matter if you use full fat or skim condensed milk
  • For both the rum ball filling and the coating, use desiccated coconut (not flaked or shredded coconut as the balls wont hold together well enough). 
  • Once the rum balls have been rolled, they’re ready to eat straight away! However, they are best served after a few hours in the fridge. 
  • Rum balls can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

A half-eaten rum ball on a cake plate with a bowl of mixture and coconut underneath.

More Kid-Friendly Ball Recipes

For more yummy homemade ball recipes that are perfect for kids, check out these recipes: 

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No-Bake Rum Balls made with coconut, biscuits, condensed milk and cocoa powder.

Kid-Friendly Rum Balls

Super easy and kid-friendly rum balls made from crushed biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and coconut and ready in just 5 minutes. This is a great recipe to make with the kids (and great for school lunch box treats). 
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: lunch box snacks
Cuisine: kids recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 30 balls
Calories: 133kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 g plain sweet biscuits
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 85 g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 25 g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 130 g (1 and 1/2 cups) desiccated coconut for rolling, extra

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Crush the biscuits until they resemble fine crumbs using either a food processor, blender, Thermomix or rolling pin (see notes) and then place into a large bowl.
  • Stir through the cocoa powder, desiccated coconut and sweeteened condensed milk until well coated.
  • Using your hands, roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and then roll through the extra coconut to coat.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

THERMOMIX METHOD

  • Place the biscuits into the Thermomix bowl and crush on Speed 8, 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the cocoa powder, desiccated coconut and sweeteened condensed milk and mix on Reverse, Speed 4, 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides and repeat for a further 5-10 seconds or until combined.
  • Using your hands, roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and then roll through the extra coconut to coat.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

Notes

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING RUM BALLS
Choose a plain sweet biscuit for crushing (I used Arnott's Marie biscuits that are readily available in all Australian supermarkets). If you can't buy Arnott's biscuits, use any plain sweet biscuit you like. If you're in the US, choose a plain sweet cookie - like a sugar cookie or butter cookie). 
You can easily crush the biscuits using a food processor, blender or Thermomix. If you don't have any of these, you can always crush the biscuits using a rolling pin (simply place the biscuits into a sealable plastic bag and hit with the rolling pin until fine crumbs remain). 
As a general rule, I prefer to use full fat sweetened condensed milk in my baking. However in this recipe, it doesn't matter if you use full fat or skim condensed milk
For both the rum ball filling and the coating, use desiccated coconut (not flaked or shredded coconut as the balls wont hold together well enough). 
Once the rum balls have been rolled, they're ready to eat straight away! However, they are best served after a few hours in the fridge. 
Rum balls can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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30 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Rum Balls (chocolate & coconut balls)”

  1. K says:

    If I made a huge batch, would they be freezable?? Delicious btw 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!!

  2. Tanya says:

    Instead of cocoa you can you milo

    1. Tanya says:

      Should say you can use milo.

      1. Bake Play Smile says:

        Absolutely!!!

  3. Rachel Alexander says:

    My mixture was too moist wasnt sure how to fix it used more biscuite crumbs and cocnut

  4. sharon hall says:

    how much rum do you put in

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Sharon, these are a kid-friendly version so you wouldnt put any rum in. If they’re not for kids, you could add a couple of tablespoons to the mixture depending on your taste. 🙂

  5. Julia Priestley says:

    Can u omit the coconut

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely! Just add a little more cocoa/biscuits instead. 🙂

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