Monday, 21 December 2015

Edible Lumps of Coal

You might as well equate the holidays with baked goodies because I haven't put the brakes on the sweets. Tis the season for borderline diabetes. It's also the season for Sannta, the cheeky cousin 365-times-removed, to be featured as a guest blogger!

And what should you find in your stocking from Sannta? Why lumps of coal, of course!

Well... no. They're actually Rice Krispie treats smothered in black food colouring (Michael's or Bulk Barn) and slopped onto a baking sheet to resemble that of coal, which I find ridiculously amusing. So naturally, I had to try it out. Adapted from Mallow & Co., I decided to stick with the original Rice Krispie recipe found in the cereal box.

1/4 cup butter
5 cups mini marshmallows OR 40 regular marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Black food colouring
6 cups rice crisps cereal
1 cup chocolate baking crumbs

Yields about 20 lumps of coal

  1. Combine the rice crisps cereal and chocolate baking crumbs into a bowl and set aside. 
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, on low heat, until completely melted. Turn it down to the lowest setting, and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are almost melted. Add in the vanilla extract and the black food colouring until you've reached your desired colour. Continue mixing until the marshmallow are all melted.
    (Don't be alarmed if it looks more dark purple than black. Once you add in the chocolate baking crumbs, it will help to give it a more greyish tinge.)
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat. Stir the dry mixture into the marshmallow fluff. Mix until fully incorporated. 
  4. You can use your hands or scoop out the mixture with a spoon onto a greased cookie sheet. They don't have to be perfect because they are supposed to look like lumps of coal. Allow them to cool for 20 minutes. 

Presentation-wise, if you want to be real fancy you can stencil "coal" onto burlap bags, but I have neither the time nor the budget for that. I'll stick with the brown lunch bags and my lovely penmanship to identify its contents. 

Happy Holiday Baking!
xo Sannta

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