Vegan Rum Balls

Have you ever tried a rum ball?

When I was in high school, my friends and I had a phase when we would run down to the local bakery after school and get a treat.  That's where I discovered that rum balls were a thing.  These babies were gigantic spheres of chocolatey goodness that had kind of a slightly chewy, cakey-cookie dough ganache center and smacked of rum.  They were not the chocolate kisses I'd grown up with.  My food world opened up a notch.  I was smitten.  I had to take each one home in a box so that I could slowly savor every bite. Pure bliss.  Yeah, maybe the bakery should have thought to card me.  Even though the rum ball I'd bring home was about the size of a golf ball, I don't think there was that much rum in there.  But probably a good thing I waited until I was home to eat it.

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