Sunday, December 9, 2012

Coal in your stocking

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Either way,  I have found a great idea for a fun Christmas treat.

Candy Coal.

As most of you know,  Paul works in the Coal industry.
I like to send his guys in little treats for the holidays and this one is PERFECT.

It looks just like real chunks of coal!!!

While searching for a Candy Coal recipe I came across a gorgeous blog ~  Sprinkle Bakes
Go check out some of her awesome recipes.  Everything is so pretty!

Sprinkle Bakes Christmas Coal Candy recipe:

Step 1:
1 egg white
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided, plus a little extra might be needed for thickening purposes
1 1/2-2 tsp. black gel food coloring such as Wilton brand
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1. Whisk together 1 cup of the powdered sugar along with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
2.Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar. The mixture should be very stiff as you whisk. Pick up some of the batter with the whisk, and allow it to fall back into the bowl. It should cling to the whisk when you pick up the batter, and fall in thick heavy pieces back into the bowl. If it does not, add a little more powdered sugar until this consistency is achieved.
3. Set aside while you cook the sugar (next step).

Step 2:

3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1. Line an 8x8 (or similar size) heat-proof pan with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Combine water and sugar in a large non-stick saucepan. Mix sugar and water together by stirring and mashing them together with a heat-proof spatula until it is the consistency of wet sand.
3. Insert a candy thermometer and let the mixture cook until it reaches 258-260 degrees. The mixture will stay grainy and look weird and you might think you've done something wrong but you haven't. When it's close to the 250 degree mark, the mixture may begin to lightly brown from cooking It should still be grainy and not in a liquid state.
4. When 258-260 degrees is achieved, add the black egg white/powdered sugar mixture to the pot and stir (don't whisk) with a heat-proof spoon. The mixture may foam, so be careful!

5. When thoroughly mixed, pour into the prepared pan and allow to stand until hardened. When hardened, break into pieces.

After working all week and wasting Friday evening home with a little stomach bug.. 
I was busy in the kitchen for the rest of the weekend.
... so many good treats to make.

I baked cookies, brownies, and made lots of yummy lollipops.

I actually took my time and used the candy molds.

How about a lobster lollipop for Christmas..

It sure feels good to be able to get some Christmas chores done.

I got a start on the gift wrapping.
Finished reading a Christmas romance novel.

I finally starting making out some Christmas cards.

And I gave  Sharky and Darla a bath.
Look at those pretty sparkly nails.

Now..  just one more dog to go!

The upcoming week looks to be a busy one.
 In between working all week
I have some Christmas shopping to finish up,
some pre-op procedures for the Kidney stone blasting
I have to remember to renew my drivers license!!!

Have a wonderful new week everyone!
Don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy the season.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The coal candy sure is a fun idea! Glad you got to check a few things off the list! Have a great week:@)

Debbie said...

What a neat idea with the coal candy! You sure have gotten a lot done this week. Way to go! Good luck on your upcoming week.

Julie Harward said...

I had a great laugh st the doggie nails...cute! The coal candy for the perfect people too, awesome!Have a great month. :)

Heather said...

You've got a big week ahead of you, Leslie! Love the coal candy, and those lollipops look tasty too!

Melinda said...

Looks and sounds like you have been busy Christmas elf.
Darla's nail are so pretty!

M :)

Sarah B said...

That looks so good, as do your lolly pops. Sounds like you are super busy. I should be but I think I'm in denial that Christmas is 2 weeks away. Lots of shopping to do and no idea what to buy!

Lilly said...

I love the look of the candy coal! The lollipops look really good too. Have a great week :)

It's me said...

hahahaaha..your dog so cute !! that nails !!!, must be a crazy women......nice but sometimes verry from

Chris said...

What fun! It looks like you have found lots of fun things to help enjoy the season.
So renew your license = birthday :)
Have a great week!

Maple Lane said...

Love the candy idea. Best wishes with the kidney stones. Your packages looks so pretty under the tree.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow you are a busy girl!! Good luck with the stones I hope it's quick and painless. xo

Melinda said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your procedure!

Good Luck.

M :)

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

That coal candy is so cute! They'll love it. Cracking up at your doggy. Nice touch ;)

Melanie said...

That coal looks so yummy I'm feeling the need to be a little naughty. Lol
Good luck with your stone blasting!!!!!!

Karen said...

Kidney stones and the motor vehicle department both in the same week? I think you deserve some *spiked* eggnog!

Katharine said...

Everything looks wonderful! Hope everything goes ok with your procedure!

Kimberly Taylor said...

That coal candy of yours is really a nice idea. I'm pretty sure your husband and the coal guys there will surely like that coal candy.

Mo' Betta said...

The coal candy is so cute and your dogs nails look better than mine. Kidney stone blasting sounds terrible, but better than passing a 9mm stone which my Dad just did. Freakin' crazy (and supposedly impossible, maybe we should contact the record books?!) My uncle had lithotripsy(?) and he said it wasn't bad.