Christmas Coal Fudge is a classic fudge recipe but it looks like a lump of coal. It makes a great gift and tastes so rich and creamy.

Christmas Coal Fudge cut into squares.
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This Christmas Coal Fudge is the perfect treat to make for the holidays. I have been making this for years for the cutest gift for friends, neighbors and others. This sweet treat makes a fun gag gift.

You can also make Grinch Fudge for a fun dessert platter for Christmas. Everyone loves homemade fudge and it is simple to make. This easy recipe for Christmas Coal Candy is the best coal for Christmas!

You don’t even need a candy thermometer for Christmas Fudge Recipe. Try this perfect fudge recipe for holiday gatherings and more. If you want to make more treats, try these easy Christmas Fudge Recipes. Another fun recipe to try is Christmas Cake Pops.

What is Christmas Coal Fudge?

It is a traditional fudge dessert, but it looks like coal. Christmas Coal Fudge is a fun and whimsical treat for the holiday season. You will love it for a gift for friends and family.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Christmas Coal Fudge.
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Unsalted Butter 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Black Gel Food Coloring 
  • Black Sprinkles or Sanding Sugar (for topping) 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Chocolate. Instead of white chocolate chips, you can use white baking chocolate or almond bark.
  • Dark Chocolate. You can also use dark chocolate if you do not want to use black food coloring or prefer to use less.
  • Flavoring. Swap the vanilla extract for peppermint extract for a mint flavor.
  • Sea Salt. Sprinkle sea salt on top of the fudge. This is an easy way to cut down on the sweetness.

How to make Christmas Coal Fudge:

Step 1. Place the white chocolate chips with the butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring constantly between each interval until they are melted.

Step 2. Add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt.

Step 3. Next, add the food coloring until the mixture is the color that you prefer.  You will need 2-3 teaspoons of the food coloring.  

Step 4. Line an 8X8 baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spread the mixture into a pan. Slightly bang the pan on the countertop to even out the top layer of the fudge. Top with sprinkles and allow to cool completely.

Tips for Success:

  • Be precise with food coloring. You need to use 2 to 3 drops until the fudge is the desired color. If you use too little, it will look grey instead of have the black color.
  • Prepare the pan. Line the baking pan with parchment paper so that it will be easy to lift out and cut.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk is a must. The fudge gets its sweetness and creaminess from this. Don’t confuse it with evaporated milk.
  • Good quality ingredients. Try to use the best quality ingredients that you can. Pure Vanilla extract, good chocolate and other ingredients will impact the final results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to cut fudge?

The best way to get nice clean slices is to use a sharp knife to cut the fudge. Run the knife under warm water in between the slices.

Make sure to wipe the knife clean and remove any excess fudge.

How to store?

Store the leftover fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Separate the layers of fudge with wax paper.

You can also freeze this fudge. Wrap the fudge in plastic wrap and place inside a freezer container.

Freeze up to 2 months. Let the fudge though at room temperature before serving.

Christmas Coal Fudge cut into squares.

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Christmas Coal Fudge

4.50 from 2 votes
Christmas Coal Fudge is a classic fudge recipe but it looks like a lump of coal. It makes a great gift and tastes so rich and creamy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 277

Ingredients

  • 18 oz White Chocolate Chips
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Black Gel Food Coloring
  • Black Sprinkles or Sanding Sugar for topping

Instructions

  • Place the white chocolate chips with the butter in a microwave safe dish.
  • Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until they are melted.
  • Stir in the condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt.
  • Add in the black food coloring until the mixture is the color that you prefer.  You will need 2-3 teaspoons of the food coloring.
  • Line an 8X8 baking dish with foil or parchment paper.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan. Slightly bang the pan on the countertop to even out the top layer of the fudge.
  • Top with the sprinkles or sanding sugar.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature and then place in the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Carefully remove the fudge from the pan and then it’s ready to cut, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 277kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 4g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 133mg, Potassium 184mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 163IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 135mg, Iron 0.1mg

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