Marshmallows are yummy and a favorite kid treat, but did you know that you can whip up your own customized batch in no time flat? I made these for Easter, but they are a great DIY candy for any time of year.
Makes 1 9×13 pan of marshmallows
1/3 cup plain gelatin
2 c. sugar
3 c. hot water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix the gelatin into 1 cup of hot water by sprinkling it carefully in while stirring to prevent lumps. This bowl needs to stay hot so the gelatin doesn`t set right away . . . I used a metal bowl sitting in more hot water. In a few minutes it will look like this:
In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour the sugar water into the gelatin and let the mixture cool for 3 minutes or so.
Now, beat the marshmallow mixture on high speed with your electric mixer until you have whipped it into a foam.
Pour immediately into your 9×13 pan (I recommend lining it with tinfoil) and put in the fridge to set up.
In 3-5 hours, take the marshmallows out and cute them into square (or use cookie cutters to make your own fun shapes like I did here). Toss in icing sugar or cornstarch to prevent them from sticking together and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
TIP: Try mixing up your own flavors and colors! You can add any candy or baking flavor, so try mint, chocolate, tutti frutti or any other flavor that sounds good. A few drops of food coloring will give you nicely colored marshmallows, too!
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