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Lump of Coal Candy

 Lump of Coal Candy
This dark caramel may look like coal, but it tastes like pure heaven! One bite and you’ll beg Santa to stuff your stocking with this sinful delight.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
64 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon black food coloring, optional
  • 1 package (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. square dish with heavy-duty foil; butter foil with 1
  • teaspoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the
  • sugar, corn syrup, milk, salt and remaining butter; bring to a boil
  • over medium heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads
  • 244° (firm-ball stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the walnuts, vanilla and food coloring
  • if desired. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool
  • completely before cutting. Lift foil and candy out of pan; remove
  • foil. Cut into 1-in. squares.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip
  • caramels in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed
  • paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container at room

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Directions (continued)

  • temperature. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 131 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.