Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

For naughty boys and girls! Found this in my local paper years ago. From Martha Stewart. The packaging ideas are endless! (*The only thing not mentioned in the original directions is the greasing of the foil lined pan. I always spray well with cooking spray to make removing the candy easier.)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 12 cups sugar
  • 34 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon black food coloring, gel-paste
  • 5 teaspoons peppermint extract or 5 teaspoons cinnamon extract or 5 teaspoons anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with a piece of aluminum foil large enough to overhang the sides by about 2 inches. Set aside.
  2. Bring sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar, and wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipping inwater to prevent crystals from forming.
  3. Once mixture comes to a boil and all the sugar has dissolved, clip a candy thermometer to pan, and raise heat to high. Continue cooking without stirring until mixture registers 300 Fahrenheit (hard crack stage). Remove from heat.
  4. Carefully add food coloring, extract and baking soda; stir slowly with a clean wooden spoon until thoroughly combined and mixture no longer bubbles, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into prepared pan, and let cool completely.
  6. Lift foil to remove candy from pan, and transfer candy to a large plastic bag. use a kitchen mallet or hammer break candy into pieces.
Most Helpful

Used the cinnamon flavor. It was yummy. Packaged in little bags for my husbands employees. :)

WYO MOM December 22, 2010

What a hoot! My belly is jiggling like a bowl full of jelly! Just the thing for those on my naughty list-Santa likes to pull pranks once in a while too. Thanks for the great idea!

Santa Claus December 19, 2007

I have made this recipe in the past and it really looks like coal. We broke it up and placed it in mini brown paper bags with a note from Santa and passed it out to my children and my sisters children at our mom's house on Christmas Eve, very interesting responses. We used bubble gum flavoring but any kid friendly flavoring is great. Thanks for posting this great recipe.

Take a Letter Maria December 15, 2007

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