Mom Can Tailgate

Rum ballsImage by maebmij via Flickr

Some sons will go with flowers (despite the flowers being double or triple their normal price) or maybe a framed family picture.  Others will surprise mom with a Mother’s Day brunch.  This fan went with baseball tickets, a Chase Utley t-shirt jersey, and a morning tailgate with mom.

In the past my tailgates have been with friends or with my dad.  Yesterday was a tailgating first for me…just mom and I.  The weather was perfect and the afternoon was an all around good time.  Mom even brought a surprise for the tailgate…

Rum Balls

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup dark rum
  • 2 /12 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Melt the chocolate on the stove, stirring until smooth
  • Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup of sugar, corn syrup, and then the rum
  • In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla wafer crumbs and walnuts
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the nut mixture and stir until well blended
  • Place the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in the sugar
  • Cover and refrigerate

If you want to be on your best behavior while with mom I would suggest not having any more than 3-4 of these rum balls (especially after a few morning beers!).