Here is a sweet treat to remind your friends and family to be nice and not naughty this time of year! Hard candy that looks an awful lot like real coal! We found recipes all over the web, but we decided to try the one from our Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Christmas in the Country. Many recipes we found flavored the candy with anise, cinnamon or peppermint extracts. We thought the kids would enjoy orange flavored coal more. We were right. Ben says this is his new favorite candy! We wish we had taken more pictures of this project. Jonah was hilarious smashing the candy apart!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 - 2 tsp. black food coloring paste
- 1 tsp. flavoring (orange is weaker than other flavors, next time we would use more)
In a heavy sauce pan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring. Wash down any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush (we didn't find we needed to do this). Continue to boil with out stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 260°; add food coloring. Continue to boil until the thermometer reaches exactly 300°. Remove from heat. When finished boiling add flavoring. Pour syrup into a lightly greased 8"x8" baking pan; cool completely at room temperature. Using a wooden spoon, (we used a meat mallet) break apart candy into coal like pieces. Wrap in small plastic bags tied with a ribbon!