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Rum Balls & Apricot Balls – Merry Christmas!!

Posted on | December 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

Well it’s nearly that time of year again…….. and I’m not necessarily referring to Santa Claus arriving – I’m referring to the pain staking task of making Rum Balls & Apricot Balls.  All too fast I forget about gummy apricots, how long it takes to chop them, hours of rolling them into little balls, sticky hands, coconut everywhere, trying to get evenly mashed weet-bix, mixture that’s not too wet but not too dry, removing the orange peel from the mixed fruit …. dilemmas, dilemmas, dilemmas.

As a christmas treat I make them for the staff at my Singapore office – but I’m still not that sure whether I’m doing it for them or for me – I think Rum & Apricot Balls are just my way of bringing a little bit of Aussie Xmas cheer to Singapore!!!

In true Health Guru style, I’ve done a little bit of research.  Now I hate to be the fun police but I’m sure this is certainly going to apply the brakes on your guilt free christmas treat indulgence.

If you have ever wondered how those christmas kilos just seem to appear – well now you can blame part of it on the Rum & Apricot Balls.

Rum Balls & Apricot Balls

Rum Balls & Apricot Balls

Rum Balls &  Apricot Balls

Serving Size:  1 Ball

Energy:  80 – 100 Calories

Protein:  <1 g

Carbs:  10 – 12 g

Fat:  6 g

I don’t know why – but I’m always surprised at how much damage you can do in one innocent little mouthful.  It scares me.  But, knowing how they are made I shouldn’t be shocked as they are loaded with condensed milk – so just for giggles I’ve included nutrition information for condensed milk below:

Condensed Milk - tastes great but is so sinful

Condensed Milk - tastes great but is so sinful

Condensed Milk

Serving Size:  2 Tablespoons

Energy:  130 Calories

Protein:  3 g

Carbs:  22 g (all sugar)

Fat:  3 g

So, The Health Guru advises – take it easy on these treats.  And remember – they are 100 calories each (do you know what else you could eat for 100 calories that would fill you up) and it would take 30 minutes of brisk walking per ball eaten to burn them off.

If you can’t pass them up, then make sure you enjoy every moment of them, don’t go overboard and eat 20 and make it your New Years Resolution to find a calorie free, low fat recipe for them!

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2 Responses to “Rum Balls & Apricot Balls – Merry Christmas!!”

  1. kim66
    December 10th, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Boo hoo…. This is very bad news for rumball lovers everywhere….

    Just to really scare myself, I thought about what I would normally eat on Christmas day with my family:

    Breakfast: Two glasses of champagne, one croissant, three thick slices of ham off the bone, one slice of cheese, small cob of corn with butter, about five rumballs, about five Christmas chocolates, watermelon, peach, apricot, grapes, coffee
    Throughout the day: Snack on chocolates, rumballs, fruit and ham sandwiches all day
    Pre-Christmas dinner: Cheese, pate, dips, nuts, crackers, wine
    Christmas dinner: Roast turkey, baked ham, chipolatas, bacon, roast potato, sweet potato, turnips, carrots, broccoli, cranberry sauce, gravy, wine, followed by plum pudding with custard and trifle, followed by coffee and more rumballs

    So much damage in just one day!!! That’s about 1200 Calories just in rumballs alone – more Calories than I need for the whole day.

    Ah well, it’s only once a year and it is definitely worth it!

  2. kim66
    December 15th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    and only 10 sleeps to go!

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