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Christmas Coal Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark chocolate fudge or Christmas coal fudge as some call it is easy to make! A fun Christmas fudge holiday dessert that kids and adults love.

Dark Chocolate Fudge

This dark chocolate coal fudge is so fun during the holidays. You can roll into balls to make it look more authentic or slice into different shapes. Just one quick easy dessert recipe we have on our blog that you’ll love. (affiliate links present)

Christmas Coal Fudge

This dark chocolate dessert is so good. You can call it coal fudge during the holidays and even add crushed candies to the top like our microwave peppermint fudge did. That is right, mashed candy canes add a nice touch to make it pretty but also a tasty twist.

  • 5 cups of white granulated sugar
  • Sticks of butter
  • A can of evaporated milk
  • 1 jar of marshmallow creme
  • 2.5 c chocolate chips 1/2 dark , 1/2 semi sweet
  • Vanilla extract

If you want it to be really super dark you can add black food coloring. For a dual flavor, peanut butter chocolate fudge is a good one too. Parchment paper or wax is best for the bottom of your prepared pan.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Dark Chocolate Fudge Recipe

There are a lot of tweaks you could make beyond just dark too. Using white chocolate chips and all the same other ingredients works well too.

You can jazz that up with different colored sprinkles on top for the holidays as well. Peanut butter chips works too! Decorate with semi sweet on top for your favorite duo. This is perfect for making what looks like coal though…..

Coal Candy

Coal Candy

I made this fudge on a 11×15 baking sheet. A 9×13 baking pan can be used for thicker pieces if you preferred. I wouldn’t use a smaller one as it will be really thick and may not solidify for a while.

  • Prepare a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment or waxed paper on top. In a heavy bottom pan or Dutch oven, cook the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk together, stir constantly.
  • Cook until the butter and sugar have completely melted. Continuing to stir, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cooking until it reaches the soft ball stage, use a candy thermometer to ensure it comes to between 235 degrees and 245 degrees. This takes approximately 11 minutes from the very start.
  • Stir in black gel food coloring if you want it really dark black like coal until you reach your desired shade of black.
  • Into the sugar mixture, stir in the marshmallow fluff, morsels, and vanilla extract until everything is completely melted and combined.
  • Add additional black gel food coloring if desired. Pour the fudge onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely at room temperature.

Lift it off the baking sheet by gripping the sides of the parchment or waxed paper. Cut into squares. Refrigerate the fudge in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper so they don’t stick.

coal fudge recipe

Dark Chocolate Dessert

You could cut this in half for a smaller batch. Use a 8×8 square pan for that and just half this Christmas fudge recipe. It saves quite well though so even if it is more than you think you could eat, I will show you how to do that below.

How long should you boil fudge for?

You need to heat it long and hot enough for the sugar crystals to dissolve and dark or milk chocolate to melt. Set on high medium heat 5 minutes is typically enough to reach this, starting from a rolling boil.

If you want to make it look like coal for Christmas you want to cool it almost completely but still a bit less, like playdough consistency. Cut a piece, and use your hands to form it into lumps of coal. Just roll into balls with your hands but then press with thumbs so they aren’t perfectly circular to look authentic.

You could tweak this with other flavors of chips too. Peanut butter is terrific, or use white with jelly beans for an Easter homemade fudge recipe. Just jump to recipe below and see what flavors you love best.

Christmas Coal Fudge

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Recipe

If you have leftovers and don’t just want to include it in your Christmas cookie exchange party, it saves well. You will want to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out. Leave on the countertop too, not the fridge. You can enjoy it for a good month which may surprise you but it’s true.

A great dessert to make if you have guests coming over and you want to prep things ahead of time. Make a few other Christmas cookie recipes so you can offer a huge selection on your big day at the end of the year.

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Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark chocolate fudge or Christmas coal fudge as some call it is easy to make! A fun holiday dessert that kids and adults love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, christmas, coal, dark chocolate, fudge
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 50
Calories 187kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment or waxed paper on top. In a heavy bottom pan or Dutch oven, cook the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk together, stir constantly.
  • Cook until the butter and sugar have completely melted. Continuing to stir, and bring the mixture to a boil, cook until it reaches the soft ball stage (between 235 degrees and 245 degrees). This takes approximately 11 minutes.
  • Stir in some black gel food coloring (if you want it really dark black like coal) until you reach your desired shade of black. To the sugar mixture, stir in the marshmallow fluff, chocolate morsels, and vanilla extract until the chocolate is completely melted and combined.
  • Add additional black gel food coloring if desired. Pour the fudge onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely at room temperature.
  • Lift the fudge off the baking sheet using the waxed paper. Cut into squares. Refrigerate the fudge in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper so they don't stick.
  • Note: I made this fudge on a 11×15 baking sheet. A 9×13 baking pan can be used for thicker pieces.

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Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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