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I make this every year for Christmas morning... Who will get it this year?

Candy Coal

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. black paste food coloring
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. anise extract or flavor of choice

Line 8" square baking pan with foil, extending edges over sides of pan. Lightly grease foil with butter.
Combine sugar, corn syrup and water into heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil, being careful not to splash sugar mixture on side of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan (do not let bulb touch bottom of pan). Cook about 15 minutes until thermometer registers 290 degrees F., without stirring. Immediately remove from heat. Stir in extract and food coloring. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Cool completely. Lift candy out of pan using foil. Place candy between 2 layers of heavy-duty foil. Pound with mallet to break candy into 1-2" pieces.

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Yow. Anise extract. That's an awesome idea, I just haven't enjoyed Anise since I "tried" a bottle of Absinthe.

What would make a good substitute?(for anise) Does it actually look like coal? I'd like to give this a shot, if only to temporarily piss off my brother in law. :lol:


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If Nutnfacny were an 8-ounce chicken fried steak, he'd come with 72 ounces of batter around it that you have to slash through to get to it.


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Anise extract, good call. If you wanted to make it a little more crumbly, you could experiment with xanthium gum, I presume.

Hmm. I'll think of some more input.

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It's a little too shiny for coal, more like onyx. But the recipient always knows what it is. heh, heh...
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You can use any flavor, many people have told me they use lemon for a surprise; it's the black paste food color that makes it look like coal. You can buy it at any Michaels or JoAnne Fabrics for about $3. It doesn't take much, you'll have the little jar for quite a while.

Glad you like the idea. Remember, just bash it into chunks, not little squares.


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It's a little too shiny for coal, more like onyx. But the recipient always knows what it is. heh, heh...
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You can use any flavor, many people have told me they use lemon for a surprise; it's the black paste food color that makes it look like coal. You can buy it at any Michaels or JoAnne Fabrics for about $3. It doesn't take much, you'll have the little jar for quite a while.

Glad you like the idea. Remember, just bash it into chunks, not little squares.


Right, since the only other ingredients are sugar, sugar, and food coloring, I suppose anything that wasn't strong enough in color to overpower the black would work. Hmmmm. Thanks again for the recipie. Hopefully I can get a rise out of someone with this. :D

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Anise extract, good call. If you wanted to make it a little more crumbly, you could experiment with xanthium gum, I presume.

Hmm. I'll think of some more input.

Kevin


Xanthan Gum. (Xanthium is a type of flower Kevin :lol:) I know all too well about Xanathan Gum, as I used to have to add it to any of the Gluten Free bread products. Too much or too little and you FUBAR the whole deal. Thankfully nowadays Gluten Free is such a fad theres plenty of pre-mixed stuff out there.

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I figured I'd bump up the candy coal recipe...
There must be a bad little boy or girl in your life who should get some this year.

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Neat idea, Granny. I might be able to use this.

I think it might be neat if coal tasted like peppermint. Or maybe Jagermeister? Raspberry?

It'd be fun to make three or four batches of different flavors and mix the chunks all up. They'd all be black, so you'd have to eat a particular lump to know how it tasted.

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Nice recipe, I'll give it a shot tomorrow while the cookies are cooling off.

Hoping to drop some in some cute bags and stuff stockings along with some snowman poo (marshmallows).

Thanks, the nephews are going to love it!


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