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Sometimes I think the only reason my girls ask to drink hot chocolate is so that they can watch the mini marshmallows bob up and down, and eat up the delicious confection. When the weather began to get colder I thought this would be a wonderful treat to make for them and they were absolutely delighted to find marshmallow hearts, stars, and even gingerbread men decorating their mugs.
These marshmallows have a taste and texture that is far better than the grocery store ones in the plastic bags. They make absolutely wonderful hostess or teachers gifts and I already have plans to be giving them out along to my daughters’ teachers along with some cocoa mix and a mug. I think both children and adults alike will be delighted with these whimsical creations.
You will need:
1 9×13 sheet pan, well greased
A medium heavy bottom pot
A sieve or sifter for dusting
2 tbsp gelatin (or 2 packets of gelatin at 0.25 oz each)
1/2 cup of cold water
1/2 cup of light corn syrup, divided into 1/4 cups
1/2 white granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Dusting powder (Mix together powdered sugar with corn starch at a ratio of 2:1 sugar to cornstarch)
1) Whisk the gelatin and cold water together in a small bowl and set aside.
2) In the pot, heat over medium mix together 1/4 cup corn syrup, salt, and water until it begins to boil. Check the temperature often as you want it to reach 240 degrees fahrenheit.
3) Meanwhile, place the remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Microwave the gelatin mixture on high for 30 seconds until melted. Add to the syrup in the mixing bowl and beat on medium low.
4) When the boiling mixture reaches 240 degrees, slowly pour into the mixing bowl and increase the speed to medium. Whip for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes increase the speed to high and whip for another 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be white, fluffy and have tripled in volume.
5) Grease the sheet pan and spatula well. This will prevent the marshmallow from sticking and make spreading much easier.
6) Pour the marshmallow mixture into the sheet pan and spread as evenly as possible. Tap the pan on the counter to get rid of air bubbles.
7) Dust the top of the marshmallow with the dusting powder mixture. I discovered that my tea strainer spoon worked wonderfully!
(yeah it gets a bit messy!)
LET REST FOR AT LEAST 6 HOURS! I left mine covered in plastic wrap over night.
8) Once the marshmallow has rested use your finger to lightly pull the marshmallow away from the sides of the pan. Tip the pan over to release the marshmallow onto a flat surface wither dusted with the dusting powder or lined with wax/parchment paper.
9) Select the cookie cutters you wish to use. I find it helpful to dip the cutter in the dusting powder to prevent sticking.
10) Press with even pressure
11) Place your cut marshmallow in the dusting powder and shake to get rid of loose powder
What do you do with the left over marshmallow? You melt it down to make rice crispy squares of course!!! Yum.
The finished product!