I did the what I thought was the unthinkable, I made my own Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows! Yes you too can make your own marshmallows and you don’t even need chemicals or a factory! The ingredients you will need are:
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup cornstarch
Now follow the directions to make the really cute and very tasty marshmallows!
Step One: Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl filled with 1/2 cup cold water; let stand to soften.
Step Two: In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture; set aside.
Step Three: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly add sugar mixture. Add vanilla and continue beating for 10 minutes until the mixture looks like marshmallow.
Step Four:Transfer marshmallow mixture to prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Spray a piece of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray and cover marshmallow. Let stand overnight.
Step Five: Now flip the marshmallows over to release from the pan and dust with cornstarch. Use your favorite cookie cutter to create shapes or cut into modern squares.
Step Six: In a double boiler melt chocolate and lightly dip the marshmallows into the chocolate. Let them set up in the fridge for at least an hour. Store in the freezer.
This was such a fun activity when I made this for a special family friend of mine. Package between parchment paper to keep them from sticking. Below are the pictures of the adventure from mixing to the chocolate painting. Merry Christmas to all!