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- Vickie's Bourbon Balls
- Although Bourbon has been around since the 18th Century,
Bourbon balls were a 20th century invention. As the story goes
anyway. In 1919, two substitute school teachers named Ruth Hanly
Booe and Rebecca Gooch began a candy-making business in Frankfort,
Kentucky. Soon, The Rebecca Ruth Candy Company and their chocolates
were a big hit. In 1936 a dignitary was taking a tour of the
business and made an off handed comment about mixing candy and
Kentucky's famous bourbon together. Mrs. Booe worked on the recipe
for two years before perfecting the still-secret process for
blending bourbon and candy.
- Bourbon is an American whiskey, a type of distilled spirit,
made primarily from corn and named for Bourbon County, Kentucky.
It has been produced since the 18th century and is a "distinctive
product of the United States." So said the United States
Congress on May 4th 1964. The Bourbon Trail or Kentucky
Bourbon Trail is the name given to the area in Kentucky were
the state's bourbon distilleries are located. It is an official
trail launched by seven of the eight distilleries in the region.
Recently, the eighth distillery, Tom Moore Distillery, joined
- Some believe a bourbon cookie served on the tables of Gentleman
and high society during the era of Continental America, is the
original source of the rolled bourbon ball. There is evidence
of this cookie in letters and documents found in Williamsburg,
Virginia during the time the Continental Congress was establishing
the U.S. Constitution. One thing is for sure, the traditional
Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Balls do not resemble the rolled and coated
candy dough that is often seen on party tables. But others believe
her idea was the inspiration for the rolled candy ball and bourbon
cookie was something totally different. It's hard to say for
sure, without knowing what's in the secret recipe.
- Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
- Serves: 3 dozen
- 3 c vanilla wafer crumbs
- 2 c confectioners sugar
- 1 c pecans, very finely chopped
- ¼ tblspn white corn syrup
- ½ c Kentucky bourbon
- 1 c finely chopped Pecans
- ½ cup crushed Pecans
- ½ cup confectioners sugar
- ½ cup cinnamon sugar
- Finely crush vanilla wafers into a large bowl.
It takes about 1½ cups of whole wafers to make 1 cup of
- Add confectioners sugar and mix thoroughly.
- In a cup, combine
the Kentucky Bourbon and corn syrup. Mix thoroughly.
- Mix the liquid and powder together as well as possible. You
can use a spoon, but I've found simply kneading the mixture by
hand works a lot better.
- Place the 'coverings' listed above on 4 separate paper plates.
- Form the bourbon wafers into small bite sized balls
- Roll the ball into one of the coverings and set aside on
- Bourbon balls can be served cold or at room temperature.
- They should be stored refrigerated
- You can replace the pecans with any of your favorite nuts.
- You can use chocolate wafers instead of vanilla to create
chocolate bourbon balls
- You can mix the coverings, such as rolling a ball into the
confectioners sugar and then into the pecans. Your choices are
- Some recipes call for refrigeration of the dough before it's
rolled into balls. I have found this doesn't work well at all.
The dough should be slightly sticky and damp in order for the
coverings to stick to the sides.