Chocolate Coal Lumps

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Chocolate Coal Lumps
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  1. Chocolate Coal Lumps
  2. 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.
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  8. Chocolate Coal Lumps
  9. Prep Time 45 min
  10. Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  11. Servings 48
  12. Ingredients
  13. 1/4
  14. cup butter
  15. 1
  16. bag (10 oz) large marshmallows (5 cups)
  17. 8
  18. cups Cocoa Puffs® cereal (from 11.8-oz box)
  19. 3
  20. bags (12 oz each) semisweet chocolate chips or 36 oz (from two 24-oz packages) chocolate-flavored candy coating
  21. 3
  22. tablespoons shortening
  23. Black sugar and/or black jimmies sprinkles
  1. 1 Line 13x9-inch pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  1. 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
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