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Inevitable in Epiphany stockings, sweet coal can be easily prepared at home. Let’s see together how!

Years ago the coal that naughty children used to find on Epiphany day was anything but sweet. Today even the naughtiest receive chocolates and gifts hidden in the traditional stocking hanging by the fireplace and soft coal cannot be missing.

Contrary to what one might think, making it at home is quite simple and it will be enough for you few ingredients in common use. The result will be a sugary mixture of a nice black color, excellent as Epiphany gift homemade. Let’s see how to prepare the Befana sweet coal!

Sweet coal
Sweet coal

How to prepare soft coal

  1. First thing whipped to snow firm the albumen. Unite it sugar icing, stirring gently from bottom to top. Finally add half the dose of colouring, the alcohol and the lemon juice. Mix to incorporate and continue to whisk until you have reached a very thick and dark consistency and you will have made the icing (you can also not use the coloring now but add it all to the caramel later).
  2. A part prepared a caramel with sugar and water. Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and let it all melt over the heat, the mixture must reach 141°Cmeasurable with a kitchen thermometer otherwise you can wait for the syrup to turn golden, add the remaining coloring and mix well.
  3. Add the glaze prepared with the egg white to the saucepan, mix quickly, then lower the heat and let it cook for a minute. When will it start to swell it’s ready.
  4. Pour it still hot into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and leave it cool down completely for 3 hours.
  5. Break it up then with a knife in order to obtain pieces similar to those of coal.

And here’s one video recipe to prepare it at home and make the little ones happy (or maybe not) on January 6:

Also prepare some homemade chocolates to put in the children’s stocking.


Sweet Sugar Charcoal is stored in an airtight container for one month.

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