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Inside this 1894 mansion in Old Louisville, is a hidden jewel of the city.

The candy's creators, Ron and Jane Harris, are full of flavor just like the hand made treats!

The couple started making these little bourbon bundles of joy in 1995.

Ron says this is serious business!

"Well I could give you the recipe to Happy Balls, but you would either have to never leave the house or I would have to kill you," Ron joked. "It's top secret because we make the creamiest ones around. I can tell you some steps. It takes 56 hours and two minutes to make one of these."

The process starts by soaking the pecans for 24 hours.

Then they give them a shake to soak in the flavor.

From there, it's on to the butter cream center.

"Once it's in the bowls, it ages for another 24 hours so that all the flavors can melt. Then we scoop."

"Good scoop man. "That one is going to sell," Ron said.

"Where did the name happy balls come from?" I asked.

"My aunt Happy. She lived to be 92. She told us at the end of her life that you've made me famous in my old age. People used to recognize her from the picture on the box. And she really loved that. She said that I perfected her recipe," he said. 

According to Ron, Aunt Happy used rot-gut bourbon.

His secret ingredient? Knob Creek bourbon!

"Ladies if you make these at home. The better the bourbon, the better the ball," Ron said.

After the happy balls are rolled, it's time for the critical part. Dipping them in chocolate from San Francisco.

And then, the finishing touch.

In the past six years, nearly one million bourbon candies have rolled out of the Harris house.

Each one hand crafted right here in Old Louisville.

For more information on these delectable desserts , visit the Harris' website www.gethappyballs.com.

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