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Lump of Coal Candy


  • 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 vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon black food coloring, optional
  • 1 package (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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 temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 131 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


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