Introduction: Santa's Lump of Coal for the Naughty (Chocolate)

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Santa's never given me a lump of coal for Christmas, but I know there's probably a couple of years when he should have. :)

This instructable will teach you how to make a lump of coal out of chocolate for the naughty people in your life. They make great stocking stuffers or the perfect novelty gift.

Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need the following ingredients:

2 Bars Special Dark Chocolate

Edible Black Glitter

Black Sanding Sugar

2 Lumps of Coal Chocolate Molds


Measuring cup

Baking sheet lined with parchment

Black Ribbon

Wilton Treat Bags - 3 x 4''

Step 2: Chop & Melt Chocolate

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Place the chocolate bars onto a cutting board. Chop chocolate with a knife. Create a double boiler by placing a medium saucepan filled half-way with water on the stove . Bring water to a simmer and turn heat turn low. Place a heat safe metal bowl on top of the saucepan. Add the chopped chocolate & stir frequently until velvety & smooth.

Remove the pan from the heat. Pour chocolate into a small measuring cup.

Step 3: Fill Molds With Chocolate

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Place Lump of Coal Molds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pour edible glitter into each lump of coal mold. Then sprinkle a thin layer of sanding sugar on top of each mold and use your finger to smooth it out. Using the measuring cup filled with the chocolate to fill  each mold. Gently tap mold to even out the chocolate. Sprinkle a thin layer of black sanding sugar on top of each mold filled with chocolate. Gently use your finger to smooth out the sugar.

Place mold in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.

Step 4: Sprinkle Sides With Glitter & Sanding Sugar

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Remove the molds from the refrigerator. Place left over chocolate back onto the double boiler. Melt chocolate until smooth. Remove from the stove.

Pour 1/2 cup of the sanding sugar onto a plate. Sprinkle edible black glitter on top. Using a silicone brush, brush each side of the lump of coal with the melted chocolate. Pick it up and gently roll coal into the sanding sugar & edible glitter to coat. Repeat for each lump of coal.

This will ensure each side of the coal will have a beautiful shimmer.

Return coal to baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for another 30-45 minutes.

Step 5: Wrap Lumps of Coal

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Wrap each lump of coal in a cellophane treat bag and tie with a black ribbon.

Make sure to give these to all the naughty people in your life!

Happy Holidays!


turniprules4 (author)2015-07-22

Cool project. Quick Thought: In the future, what with fossil fuels running out, coal may be extremely precious, especially as a present for Christmas.

wildfire1023 (author)2013-11-23

I no exactly who 2 make this lil bro!!!!!;)

SkinnE (author)2013-02-07

Oh my, you've inspired me to make some Coal Truffles! Just make some outrageously big truffles, and roll them in either black sugar/sparkle or crushed chocolate wafers/oreos. What an ingenious idea.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-12-02

What an adorable idea! I've never heard of sanding sugar though; where can you find it?

SkinnE (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-02-07

In Britain it's probably the same thing as Caster Sugar, which is finer than Granulated, but not as fine as Powdered, maybe something like Superfine?

wynot55 (author)2012-06-15

One year my father gave my sister and I jewlery boxes that were used for necklaces (long and rectangular). When we opened them, there nestled in the cotton were a stick and a lump of charcoal. Nothing under the tree. When we looked at him with wondering eyes, he said,"Gee, I guess Santa knows you two unwrapped and rewrapped your gifts last year." Then he took us out to the garage and unlocked the door. There inside were all our gifts. It was then he added,"So he locked them up out here, and gave me the key". I will be making this "coal" to send to my sister this coming Christmas. She will understand right away. Thank you so much.

awent0428 (author)wynot552012-08-17


nberndt (author)2011-12-05

Never heard of that tradition before, we do not have something like that here in Germany, however, great Idea, I'll just start of a new tradition :)

Beergnome (author)nberndt2011-12-16

Really? because coal in my stocking was always a real threat to me and my siblings as dictated by my Very, very German immigrant mother! :)

there is also the tradition of making sure that your santa list mas made up by the Fifth. Saint Nicks day. Leave the list out for Saint Nick, and when you woke up in the morning, the list would be gone, and in its place would be a stocking or a little boot filled with nuts, Chocolate, and a Big Ole Christmas orange! y'know.. to ward off the Christmas Scurvy.

lmnopeas (author)nberndt2011-12-06

: )

sambotogo (author)2011-12-07

Very I have to figure out who has been naughty and who has been nice!

pcooper2 (author)2011-12-06

I just saw a Coal Candy commercial product at a Christmas boutique at a local winery this weekend. The candy is jet-black and looks just like anthracite. I didn't buy any, though.

ThatFictionWriter (author)2011-12-04

Interesting fact: Santa giving coal back during the turn of the century was the equivalent of Santa giving socks now since the only way to warm a house was to burn coal or wood. It was a practical, but boring gift, like socks... or clothes.

You could always burn the socks and clothes to keep you warm!

ymochi (author)2011-12-04

actually instead of glitter (for those who are sensitive to additive food thats not from a natural source e.g. food colouring) maybe it could be substituted with cookie crumbs, like Oreo crushed black cookies, it gives a crunchy taste with that slight biscuit smell lingering

lmnopeas (author)ymochi2011-12-06

That's a great idea! Oreo's would make an awesome substitution.

Databanks (author)ymochi2011-12-04

Great idea.
I was also wondering about sugar with black food dye, but black cookies crushed up would be so much easier

gtrachel (author)ymochi2011-12-04

Oh yum, brilliant mod.

gailgates (author)2011-12-04

Where did you buy the mold?

sunshiine (author)2011-12-04

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

ironsidesnh (author)2011-12-04

You know the whole idea of coal for Christmas is for Naughty people on Santa's naughty list......



I hope I'm that naughty for these .... I'm a real bad Chocoholic and I could use these lumps of yummy coal for my christmas gift here.

Well you still come up with more Ideas I'll be watching for more yummy things here still.

Thank you!

suayres (author)2011-12-04

All of the above items--mold, sanding sugar, and glitter, are available at Really, REALLY clever (and delicious) idea! I've seen coal candy in stores, but it's nearly always licorice, which many people dislike, so I never bought it. This idea is a real game-changer!

HollyHarken (author)2011-12-04

There is an instructable on making your own colored sugar
You can buy black food color paste at any craft or cake decorating store. Sanding sugar is simply a finer sugar than regular sugar. It is easy to make with a food processor or blender. Simply grind the sugar so that it is a bit finer than table sugar. Then you can color it using the above method of creating your own colored sugar. So that you don't end up with black fingers I would suggest wearing a pair of plastic/latex gloves to protect your fingers and the candy.

I hope this helps. Cute idea overall and I'm sure that everyone would love a lump of chocolate coal in their stocking or shoe depending on where you live.

Alyson2 (author)2011-12-02

Oh, man, you are killing me. Delicious, delicious coal. What a clever girl you are.

lmnopeas (author)2011-12-02

Thanks! Sanding sugar is sold in the baking isle of most grocery stores. Black sanding sugar can be hard to come by. Michaels might have some. If not, you can buy it on etsy or amazon.

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