“Itz Never Too Late” Chocolate Rum Balls

Posted on: August 8th, 2011 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Elizabeth: So that’s it, then? That’s the secret, grand adventure of the infamous Jack Sparrow. You spent three days lying on a beach drinking rum.

Jack Sparrow: Welcome to the Caribbean, love.

Script excerpt from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Black Pearl”

Finally! Finally! Finally! A recipe for chocolate rum balls!

Courtney, told me they were easy to make and he was right!

Let me tell you about my new friend Courtney Foreman. He sure knows how to make a great first impression. He arrived at my house with his beautiful little girl Olivia and introduced himself to me and my family by sharing a tray of his chocolate confections. Amazing confections they are! Irish cream balls. Apple squares. Almond/coconut balls. We gobbled them up so quickly I had to be reminded to get a photo!

Falling somewhere between candies and truffles, Courtney follows his inspirations to come up with new ideas all the time. When he’s not swooning your sweet tooth, he is making wonderful jerk chicken pies, curry pies and samosas. Here’s the twist, though. Everything is mini. One bite. (Two in my case!) With a great big grin, Courtney likes to say, “One bite of delight!”


If you have looked at my personal site www.CarlaJohnson.ca you may have read my “Tin Nerve” manifesto and my mission “Revealing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.” We all think of our lives as ordinary, because it’s “ordinary” to us, but we all live EXTRAordinary lives and have had EXTRAordinary experiences.

Courtney also has a manifesto and it is similar to mine. Courtney’s manifest is “Itz Never Too Late.” No matter how old you are and what you have been told, Courtney knows it is never too late to do that thing you have always wanted to do. It is never to late to take that trip, or start that business or learn that instrument.

Sometimes though, there are things we dream of, but they are simply out of our control. Courtney wanted to be a father. He had hoped and dreamed for years that it would happen, but it hadn’t. Finally he resigned himself to the fact that he was not going to become a father. He knew it and he let that dream go. But this story is not over yet. When Courtney turned 50, his little girl Olivia was born. 50 years of age is too old and too late for most people to have a child, but holding his new baby made his manifesto more real and more powerful than he ever imagined.

Today, Olivia is a beautiful and remarkably charming little 5 year old. She has her dad’s sparkle in her eye. She is immensely precious.
If you have a poem, or a piece of writing or some artwork that comes from a your own personal journey, you may be interested in sharing it with Courtney on his other web site.


“Here at ITZNever Too Late (ITZNTL) you have the opportunity to share your  literature. We accept everything from poetry, Affirmations, Relationship or Life Experiences stories and Art.”

“Itz Never Too Late” Chocolate Rum Balls

1. Take any left over baked  cake. It could be white or chocolate cake and crumble it in a bowl.

2. Add a little strawberry jam just to incorporate and blend the cake together. If the cake is mostly white cake add cocoa powder.

3. Using tender loving care, add vanilla and cinnamon to the mix and then add a pinch of rum, so you can taste it a bit. If the mix is too moist, add some icing sugar. Add chopped nuts if you like.

4. Tenderly roll the chunks of the mixture to the ball size you like, then roll each ball in your choice of topping:  coconut, icing sugar, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, chopped nuts or anything else you like.

5. Store uncovered in the fridge for a few hours, then serve at room temperature. Have fun!

If you like to use more specific portions try this:

12 oz pack (1 1/2 cups) vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup rum
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
(OR substitute the vanilla wafers & cocoa powder with 1 1/2 cups chocolate baking crumbs)


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