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Small Kids Moment: Homemade Marshmallows

One of my daughter’s favorite treats is hot cocoa.

I still remember being her age, coming in from the snow to a hot cup of chocolately goodness.

For me, cocoa isn’t complete without marshmallows!

The first ingredient in store bought marshmallows is corn syrup, so I haven’t topped Katie’s hot cocoa with marshmallows until now.

When we first tackled this recipe, my main goal was to make a healthier version of store bought marshmallows.

What I didn’t realize is just how much more delicious they are when you make them yourself.

Truly. These were the best marshmallows I’ve ever tasted.

Katie loved watching the consistency change as the syrup whipped from goopy to fluffy.

This project delighted her from start to finish.

And now we have fresh marshmallows for Christmas morning.

I hope your little ones enjoy this as much as she did!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • .75-oz unflavored gelatin (3 envelopes of Knox gelatin)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups simple sugar syrup (you can find the recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup water”¨1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

And here’s what you’ll do:

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    Gather up your ingredients.
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    In your the bowl to your mixer, sprinkle gelatin powder over 1/2 cup cold water and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
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    Line a 9x12 pan with plastic wrap and lightly oil.
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    In a small saucepan, combine sugar, simple sugar syrup and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a fast boil and boil hard for 1 minute.
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    Pour the boiling syrup over soaked gelatin and turn on the mixer, using the whisk attachment, increasing to high speed. Add salt and beat for 12 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
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    Your mixture will be very fluffy when done.
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    Scrape marshmallow into the pan and spread evenly with a spatula coated lightly with oil.
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    Cover marshmallow with another piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap and press lightly to create a seal. Allow mixture stand for a few hours (or overnight) until cooled and firmly set.
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    Mix equal parts confectioners' sugar and corn starch.
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    Cut marshmallows using either the cookie cutters of your choice, clean kitchen scissors, or a large chef's knife.
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    Dredge the cut marshmallows in the confectioners' sugar and corn starch mixture, coating all sides.
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    Enjoy!

If you have a project idea, send it to me here, and if I use it, I’ll credit you in my post!

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