How To Make Christmas Coal Candy For The Person That’s Definitely On Santa’s Naughty List


Let’s face it– we all have somebody in our life who belongs on Santa’s naughty list. Whip up a batch of Christmas Coal Candy and stick it in their stocking, or serve it up as a sweet treat for your next holiday party!

How To Make Christmas Coal Candy:


  • 1 large egg white (room temperature, beaten)
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • Black food coloring gel
  • 3 cups granulated sugar


Line a baking pan with parchment paper and leave a bit of an overhang (about 1 inch). Mix the egg white, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa in a bowl until the mixture is thick. Whisk in the vinegar and vanilla, and enough food coloring to turn the mixture black (to where the cocoa is no longer visible). Combine the granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a pan and stir. With a pastry brush, wipe down the pot where any sugar is sticking, then cooking over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the mixture reaches 258 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Remove the pan from the heat while you stir in the black mixture until it’s well blended. Spread in the baking sheet and let it harden for about 2 hours. Lift the candy out of the pan by lifting the overhang of parchment paper, then chip the chocolate into chunks with a butter knife or rubber mallet. Wrap the candy up in a bag and stick it in someone’s stocking!

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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