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.

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Step 1: Ingredients

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

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

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

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

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!

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    27 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

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


    5 years ago

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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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