Are you on Father Christmas’s naughty or nice list? I know which I’m on 😉
Candy Coal Ingredients:
- 1 egg white
- 200g Black icing sugar (plus extra if needed)
- 750g Caster sugar
- 2 tsp Flavouring
- 250ml Water
Separate your egg and save the egg yolk for something yummy (I need to find more recipes with egg yolks in!)
I like to use black royal icing sugar for this recipe as it gives a good depth of colour but you can use black extra food colour paste.
Mix the icing sugar with the egg white and your chosen flavouring. It needs to be quite thick, not too runny. Add some more icing sugar if it still drips too quickly. It should leave a line in the mixture if you run your whisk through it. Weigh out 70g of this mixture. I tend to make big batches, so split the mix into 70g amounts and make about 3 lots of candy coal.
In a large saucepan mix the caster sugar and water. Heat this gently to 126 Degrees Centigrade. Use a sugar thermometer to measure the temperature and don’t be tempted to heat it too quickly…a little patience is useful here!
While your sugar mixture is heating, line a tin with tin foil ready to pour your mix in. Do this first, as when it’s bubbling and ready to pour into a tin you don’t want to be searching for something to put it in (speaking from experience!)
Break up using a knife or spoon as a hammer. Sometimes dropping it onto a chopping board creates the most lifelike coal lumps.
I am a little bit in love with these new Christmas decorations, we found them at Clas Ohlson while doing some Christmas shopping and just had to put some on the tree.