When my Nan was younger, her parents always put a lump of coal, a satsuma and a small chocolate. It would be stuffed with a couple of little brown paper parcels, tied up with red ribbon and right at the bottom would be a coin. The coal was not given because she had been naughty, but as a reminder to remain good as Santa was watching. As she grew older and had a family of her own, she carried on this tradition. By the time we come along, coal was not so readily available and my Nan being my Nan, come up with other ways to leave a lump of coal in the stocks she gave us each Christmas.
One of these was Carbone Doyce - A sweet rock candy made to look like coal. One of my nans dearest friends was an Italian lady who would tell us all about the legend of La Befana - The witch who gave children coal or goodies in January.
I have since lost a recipe book my Nan gave me but i found a great recipe online
This is one recipe i have never been able to make. It never resembles rock candy in any way. In 2012 while browsing online for things to make with the kids, i come across the perfect solution to keeping my Nan's Christmas tradition without the stress of making something i can not make.
i Heart naptime posted a simple lump of coal recipe using rice crispies, marshmallows and black food colouring. Genius! I love the idea of making it a fun gift. She also includes a free printable for those who want to do the same.