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I've not tried my hand at homemade marshmallows because I thought is was hard but I was surprised at just how easy it is. I made marshmallow frosting for our Disney Kids party last month and it was yummy, but supper sticky because of the corn syrup in them. These marshmallows are corn syrup free and fluffy as can be.
This is a fun recipe to have on hand not only for snowmen but any type of marshmallow. I had so much left over that I made snow flakes that fit perfectly into a mug for hot chocolate as well. I put them into a pretty bag and gave them to neighbors with a jar of homemade hot chocolate and they loved it.
Here is what you will need for this project. The marshmallow recipe should be made by an adult because you are boiling and mixing while hot, but making the straws themselves you can let the kids do.
- Homemade marshmallows (directions below)
- Holiday straws
- Snowman cookie cutter (stars, gingerbread men and Santa cookie cutters work well too)
- Black decorating gel or icing
They will be really thick but you can also cut them in half after you use the cookie cutters. Once you realize how easy it is to make your own marshmallows, you will never go back to store-bought. Homemade marshmallows are more light and airy than the packaged kind. I was pleasantly surprised myself and they do taste far better! You'll want to allow the marshmallows to cool overnight while covered with plastic food wrap. Next day remove from pan. I used a spatula to wiggle them out and “break the seal” of the suction. They popped right out after that. Sprinkle the outside with powdered sugar so that it is less sticky.
Use a snowman cookie cutter to cut into shape, toss generously into powdered sugar to make them less sticky. Slide the snowman onto the straw starting at the snowman’s head (so the bottom of your straw that will be in your cocoa mug will have the marshmallow residue). Decorate your snowman’s hat and draw in coal eyes and buttons with black decorating gel.
My daughter loved these and said they tasted like heaven after dipping them into her hot chocolate. Find more great edible crafts like this in the Dixie Crystal's Kid's Kitchen.
- Nonstick spray
- 3 envelopes gelatin 7 teaspoons
- 2/3 cup room temperature water 1
- 2 1/2 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup water 2
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- Evenly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer combine gelatin and water (1), fit with whip attachment and set aside.
- In a saucepan combine sugar and water (2) and cover with a lid. Boil for 3 minutes and remove lid. Attach a thermometer on side of pan and boil until syrup reaches 240°F. Do not stir syrup as this may cause it to crystallize.
- Remove from heat, engage mixer in medium speed and while whipping pour hot syrup in a slow and steady stream onto whipping gelatin. Once all combined engage mixer in high speed. Add salt.
- Whip until mixture feels lukewarm and looks like marshmallow fluff, about 8-12 minutes. Stop mixer and scrape marshmallow into prepared pan. Spread evenly. Dust with a partial amount of powdered sugar.
- Allow to cool, preferably overnight while covered with plastic food wrap.
- Next day remove from pan and cut into desired size, toss generously into powdered sugar.
They will be pretty thick, but you can cut them in half after you use the cookie cutters.