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Christmas Coal Fudge is so easy to make in minutes and creates the creamiest candy that looks like a lump of coal. The perfect gift for the holidays or for stuffing your stockings, this black colored candy is a present rather than a punishment.
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Table of Contents
  1. Black Coal Candy Fudge For Christmas
  2. Why We Love This Lump Of Coal Candy Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Christmas Coal Fudge
  7. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Fudge Recipes
  11. Christmas Coal Fudge Recipe

This Christmas Coal Fudge Christmas candy looks like edible lumps of coal and is the perfect gag gift or sweet treat for stuffing stockings, regardless of good or bad behavior.

This rich and creamy fudge recipe takes 10 minutes to make using white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter, a bit of salt, vanilla, and black food color and topped with sparkly metallic sprinkles.

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Black Coal Candy Fudge For Christmas

Our Christmas Coal Fudge is a fast and easy way to make candy that looks like coal as well as my favorite Christmas fudge recipe that doesn’t require a candy thermometer or fancy equipment.

In a matter of minutes, this simple stovetop method melts 5 simple ingredients in a saucepan, tints it black, covers it in sprinkles or sanding sugar, and then places the pan in the fridge to set it into the sweetest lump of Christmas coal candy.

Getting coal for Christmas has never tasted so rich and creamy; it’s better than anything made in a fudge factory and cheaper than store-bought candy coal sweets.

This is the perfect fudge recipe when you want to give the gift of coal or you’re looking for a laugh – it’s the only kind of coal made edible to reward both the naughty and the nice.

Why We Love This Lump Of Coal Candy Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 10 minutes.
  • Uses 6 simple ingredients plus optional sprinkles.
  • No-bake recipe is the sweetest way to spread holiday happiness.
  • Fuss-free fudge is just as delicious as any long-cooked confection.
  • Homemade fudge is ideal for holiday gifting or placing on party platters and trays of sweet treats.
  • Perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges, gag gifts, and stocking stuffers.

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Christmas Coal Fudge ingredients

Ingredients

  • White chocolate: You can use white chocolate bars or white chocolate chips for this recipe.
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Black gel food coloring
  • Black or metallic sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)

Substitutions and Additions

  • Find Another Flavor: Instead of using vanilla extract to flavor your fudge, try swapping it with black licorice, peppermint, or almond extracts.
  • Choose Your Chocolate: Feel free to try this recipe with white chocolate chips, white baking chocolate, or almond bark. I recommend high-quality chocolate, otherwise, the taste and consistency might be off.
Christmas Coal Fudge with black sprinkles
  • 8×8 square baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk or a black/dark spatula
  • Sharp knife
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How to Make Christmas Coal Fudge

  1. Make The Candy Mixture: Stir together white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter, sea salt, and vanilla until melted.
  2. Color The Coal: Remove the pot from the stove and stir in black food coloring.
  3. Pour In The Pan: Quickly pour the fudge in the pan and top with sprinkles.
    Pro Tip: If you need to get an even spread you can shake or lightly, tap the bottom of the pan on the counter.
  4. Chill: Allow the fudge to set in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours.
  5. Serve: Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!
    Pro Tip: I like to use a ruler to measure my squares so they are uniform in size.

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • Don’t skimp on the food coloring or you will end up with gray fudge!
  • Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk). 
  • I like to line my pan with parchment paper so I can lift out the fudge and cut it on a cutting board instead of in the pan.
  • Be careful not to overcook your fudge or it will become grainy.
  • To cut your fudge, it’s best to use a large chef knife. You can warm the knife by running it under warm water, then dry it off with a towel before slicing.

Storage

  • To Store: Store your fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: This fudge can be frozen for 1-2 months if wrapped well. Thaw at room temperature before serving. 
Christmas Coal Fudge inside Santa's bag

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use milk or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate?

While I have never made my coal fudge with milk or dark chocolate, you can use them for this recipe. Keep in mind that they will both yield a darker base so you will need less black food coloring. I prefer to use white chocolate so I maintain better control over the color.

How do I make sure my white chocolate doesn’t seize?

Don’t try heating up the white chocolate chips without the sweetened condensed milk. White chocolate seizes and burns very easily, so it must be mixed in with the sweetened condensed milk you heat it up. 

Why do I have to stir the chocolate mixture so often?

If you don’t stir the chocolate mixture often, the middle of the chocolate will burn before the outside of the chocolate is melted. You will also end up with a grainy fudge because the crystals in the chocolate will separate.

Can I freeze fudge?

You can freeze the fudge for up to 2 months. Wrap the fudge in waxed paper first, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the wrapped fudge in a gallon-size ziplock bag. Allow the fudge to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

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Christmas Coal Fudge

Serves — 20
Christmas Coal Fudge is so easy to make in minutes and creates the creamiest candy that looks like a lump of coal. The perfect gift for the holidays or for stuffing your stockings, this black colored candy is a present rather than a punishment.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Set Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 17.5 ounces white chocolate (495 grams) bars or chips
  • cups sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons gel black food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons black or metallic sprinkles or sanding sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • Grease and line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper.
  • Using a small to medium pot add white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter, sea salt, and vanilla. Stir consistently on medium-low heat until melted, about 7 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the burner and add in black food coloring. Stir until well combined with a whisk or a black/dark spatula.
  • Quickly pour into 8×8 pan. If you need to get an even spread you can shake or lightly, but with force, tap the bottom of the pan on the counter.
  • Add as many sprinkles as desired and allow to set in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours.
  • Cut into squares, measuring with a ruler.

Jenn’s Notes

Store:
  • To Store: Store your fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: This fudge can be frozen for 1-2 months if wrapped well. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
Tips:
  • Don’t skimp on the food coloring or you will end up with gray fudge!
  • Make sure you use sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk).
  • I like to line my pan with parchment paper so I can lift out the fudge and cut it on a cutting board instead of in the pan.
  • Be careful not to overcook your fudge or it will become grainy.
  • To cut your fudge, it’s best to use a large chef knife. You can warm the knife by running it under warm water, then dry it off with a towel before slicing.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Oh wow I can’t wait to get more recipes to try. Thanks for sharing this and I joined to get more of your recipes

  2. 495 grams of white chocolate bars/chips is the equal of……? A small bag of chips? Sorry, don’t know how to convert. BTW, love your recipes. Thanks

  3. Every thing looks great and very tasty to the fact not sure got copy of the black fudge,adds kept jumping in asking questions about, where live to sign up ins to other adds ,had to keep going back to picture of black fudge hope I got the coal fudge R.thank you