Have you ever told your children or honey that they were getting coal in their stocking because they had been naughty all year? Oh, I have. This year, for sure, they will be getting coal. This is a gag gift that will leave no one gagging. Most coal candies I have seen are hard crack sugar candies which I am not ready to have my children make- too dangerously hot, but these little black nuggets of rice cereal treats are fun for all ages to make, give, receive, and eat.
We celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6th. The children place their shoes and socks by the fire in hopes of receiving goodies such as clementines, gold coins, a Christmas ornament, and small toy. They hope the Krampus*, an ugly, black little devil with a long, red tongue, a pair of horns, and a long tail, does not come with coal for their stocking or worse yet, a switch for being naughty little boys and girl. It has not happened yet…wink.
1/4 cup butter
10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
1/8-1 tsp. black icing color**
4 cups rice cereal
In a large pot melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir until melted, add black color and mix in well. Add rice cereal and stir until blended. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Be sure they are in odd shapes. Cool. Place 3 in a small cellophane bag and tie with ribbon. **Be sure you are using Wilton’s Black Icing Color (not black icing/gel in the tube)- click the link above to see that it is the gel form in a tiny canister. It may also say concentrated paste. This can be found in the cake decorating section of Michael’s.
Include a tag saying…
“I heard you have been naughty not nice,
And Santa even checked his list twice.
So all the way from the cold North Pole
all you’re getting is a bag of coal.”
Poem from makestuff.com
While developing this recipe, I first thought to use cocoa crispies thinking the brown rice cereal would work better. Dark blackish-brown lumps are never good. Can you say “reindeer patty?” Smirk.
* Krampus– from “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. Page 42.
More Fun With Rice Treats- How to Host a Cookie Decorating Party Without the Fuss.
Come back tomorrow for Day 2!