Instead of leaving children coal, she leaves them blackened candy made out of caramel and . . . I genuinely don’t know, brownies? It can be any dark brown substance, so I guess it could also be dark chocolate.
It’s supposed to represent coal.
I think it’s brownies.
Everyone receives candy, because it’s okay for all children to be bad some of the time.
This is pretty much the best, and probably the healthiest, message you could give children. Namely, that it’s okay not to be perfect.
Also, sometimes La Befana does not want to put her presents in the stocking! Sometimes she takes shoes or socks and hides them and the presents around the house.
Why? Because La Befana has the freedom to be the kind of woman she wants to be, and that kind of woman is part Easter Bunny. Alternatively, because she is brave.