Know someone on Santa's naughty list? Give them this crunchy cocoa-flavored candy. It's sweeter than it looks and fun to make as you break it into odd-shaped pieces.
Save Recipe Print
Total:
4 hr 15 min
(includes cooling time)
Active:
40 min
Yield:
about 4 cups candy
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
4 hr 15 min
(includes cooling time)
Active:
40 min
Yield:
about 4 cups candy
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Special equipment: a candy thermometer; a rubber mallet; a chisel, optional

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Mix together the egg white, confectioners' sugar and cocoa in a bowl with a fork until smooth and very thick. (The mixture should hang on the fork in a blob without falling off.) Whisk in the vanilla and vinegar. Whisk in enough food coloring to turn the mixture a deep black color and the brown of the cocoa is no longer visible, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

Combine the granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and stir until the mixture looks like wet sand. Using a wet pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pot where any sugar has clung to the side. Cook over medium heat until the mixture registers 258 to 260 degrees F on a candy thermometer, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the black mixture, stirring vigorously until smooth. Spread in the prepared pan and let harden and cool completely, about 2 hours.

Lift the candy out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang as handles. Peel off the parchment and chip into small irregular-sized pieces using a chisel or a sturdy butter knife and rubber mallet. 

My Private Notes

Add a Note
Get the Recipe

Beer Can Cauliflower

Move over, chicken. There's a new grill star in town.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Candied Bacon

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Candied Ginger

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Christmas Kabobs

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Christmas Cake

Recipe courtesy of Cheryl Smith

Candy Canes

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Torres

Candy Tree

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Check Out Our

          Get a sneak-peek of the new Food Network recipe page and give us your feedback.

          See it Now!

          Latest Stories