Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Hi there, I'm Carmen Murillo, a Madrid-born designer passionate about creating clean, usable, pixel perfect web and graphic designs.
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Candy Coal + Free Printable: Bag Topper

Candy Coal + Free Printable: Bag Topper

On January 6, it is traditional that Spanish children receive gifts from the Three Wise Men. The night before children will leave their shoes in the living room for the Wise Men to deposit their gifts in them. If they have been nice, they will find a lot of good presents but if they have been naughty they will find coal.
The Three Wise Men use to be quite generous even though I got a lump of coal once. It turned out that it was coal made of sugar, so I guess I wasn?t that naughty after all :)

This year, I wanted to try this recipe for Coal Candy and give some to all the ?naughty? people in my life!

The recipe is quite easy and quick to make, although there are some important steps we need to pay attention to. It is important to have all the ingredients and tools ready. We will need a parchment lined pan or box (a shoe box is ok). There is where we?ll pour the final mixture to harden.

Ingredients

1 egg white
170 gr powdered/icing sugar
5 drops lemon juice
Cuttlefish ink or black gel food coloring
675 gr sugar
230 ml water

We?ll start by using the first four ingredients to make royal icing:
1. Place the egg white, lemon juice and powdered sugar into a bowl.
2. Mix well before adding food coloring. The mixture should have a thick consistency. If not, add some more sugar.

Candy Coal Printables

I used cuttlefish ink (you can use squid ink too) because it?s a natural way to color food. It should be quite easy to find at your local supermarket, and two small bags will be enough. If you can?t find them use black gel food coloring.

Now is time for the syrup.

1. Place the sugar and water in a large saucepan and mix them by stirring with a wooden spoon.
2. Place over medium-high heat and let it boil to 129?C (Soft-ball stage) without stirring. This will take approximately 11 minutes. Having a candy thermometer helps a lot, but if you don?t, you can drop a small amount of syrup into cold water. It is ready if it forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water.
3. When 129 degrees is achieved, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the egg white mixture. Stir.
4. The mixture will rise (like double in size) then sink. Keep stirring and when it rises again immediately pour the mixture into the parchment lined pan/box.
5. Let it cool down completely. When it?s cool and harden break the candy into pieces.

Candy Coal Printables

If you want to give some of your coal away as gifts packaged in simple cellophane bags, then feel free to download and print the bag topper I created for mine.

Print the bag toppers on heavy card stock and cut out. Fold them in half and staple them to the top of the bags. Easy!

Candy Coal Printables

Conditions of use: artwork in the downloadable PDF is free strictly for personal use, not for commercial use. If you wish to link to anything on this article, please link to this page and not directly to a downloadable file. Thank you :)

CANDY COAL BAG TOPPERS (ENGLISH)
CANDY COAL BAG TOPPERS (SPANISH)

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Candy Coal Printables

Candy Coal Printables

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and New Years!