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Valentine Marshmallows

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Well it’s almost Valentine’s Day and by now you’re wondering what a fun little treat you could make to give to the one you love, or those you love, or how about those you just like a lot? Marshmallows you say? Yep, that’s right, marshmallows. They are pretty and fun and very tasty and one of the best things about them….they are super easy to make. Really, they are. It’s not too late to make them but you best do it soon cause they take 10 to 12 hours to dry. Oh and….Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

Valentine Marshmallows

4 gelatin envelopes
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 1/4 cups corn syrup
1/2 teaspoons salt

rice flour
confectioners sugar
sprinkles

Line a 9′ x 13′ pan with parchment paper. Coat with vegetable oil or non-stick spray.

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Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. In the mixer bowl combine the 3/4 cups of water with the vanilla extract. Sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid to bloom (soften).

Add the sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining 3/4 cup water to a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil with the lid on and without stirring. When this mixture is at a boil, remove the lid and continue to cook without stirring until it reaches the soft-ball stage (234-240F).

With the mixer at medium speed, pour all of the hot syrup slowly down the side of the bowl into the awaiting gelatin mixture. Be careful as the hot syrup is very liquid and hot at this point ans some may splash out of the bowl – use a splash guard if you have one or….if you don’t like me, put a towel over it. It works. When all of the syrup is added, bring the mixer up to full speed.

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Whip the mixture until it is very fluffy and stiff, about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour marshmallow into the parchment-lined pans and smooth with an oiled offset spatula if necessary. Allow the mixture to sit, uncovered at room temp for 10 to 12 hours.

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Mix equal parts rice flour and confectioners sugar and sift generously over the rested marshmallow slab. Turn the slab out onto a cutting board, peel off paper and dust with more sugar/starch mixture. Slice with a pizza cutter, scissors or cookie cutters into desired shapes. Dip all cut edges in sugar/starch mixture and shake off excess powder.

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If you’d like to add sprinkles to top them off, combine the sugar/starch mixture with dusting sugar or sprinkles. Using a a small paint brush, lightly brush one at a time with water and then dip then into sprinkle-sugar-starch mixture.

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Marshmallows will keep several weeks at room temp in an air-tight container.

*** This recipe can easily be halved, use an 8″ x 8″ inch square pan if you do. OK, here we go….now is when you get your creative on with some fun variations: …. Here are are a couple of ideas (like you need any, right?) …. replace one third of the sugar with ground up flavored sugar candies, or dip half in melted chocolate, or replace first measure of water (with which the gelatin is bloomed) with 1/2 cup fruit puree and 1/2 cup of water. How about peppermint extract instead of vanilla? Or of course add some mini-chocolate chips cause… why wouldn’t you? Have fun!!

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2 Responses to “Valentine Marshmallows”

  1. Shelley Maynard says:

    wow…that’s love in a bite.

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