Chocolate Coal Lumps

Naughty or nice, everyone will love these easy cho-coal-late treats. Cocoa Puffs® cereal dipped in melted chocolate and marshmallows create these tasty stocking stuffers.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 48

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter
1
bag (10 oz) large marshmallows (5 cups)
8
cups Cocoa Puffs™ cereal (from 11.8-oz box)
3
bags (12 oz each) semisweet chocolate chips or 36 oz (from two 24-oz packages) chocolate-flavored candy coating
3
tablespoons shortening
Black sugar and/or black jimmies sprinkles
  • 1 Line 13x9-inch pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 4-quart microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 1 minute or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave about 2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Add cereal; mix well.
  • 3 Spoon cereal mixture into pan. Spray hands with cooking spray, and press mixture firmly in pan. Cover with waxed paper; press second 13x9-inch pan on top to compress bars. Remove pan and paper. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Remove bars from pan; peel off foil. Using sharp knife, cut bars into 8 rows by 6 rows to make 48 squares. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  • 4 In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave 12 oz of the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of the shortening uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15-second intervals until melted and smooth. Using 2 forks, dip and roll each cereal square in coating. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat twice to use up chocolate, shortening and squares.
  • 5 Sprinkle coated squares with black sugar and/or sprinkles. Place in freezer 15 minutes or refrigerator 30 minutes until chocolate is set. Store in airtight container or sealed storage bag.

Expert Tips

Package the coal in a small plastic bag and tie up with a pretty ribbon. Tuck inside a small Christmas stocking–perfect for gift giving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Piece
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
35mg
35%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
14g
14%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.