Mmmmmmarshmallows

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I have always wanted to make marshmallows, so last night we had about an hour to kill before bedtime, and i found this recipe, so i thought why not? I think I will try first with plain, vanilla flavored, but if it works, I want to try some different flavours…
To make marshmallows, you need sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, vanilla, and water.

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Start by coating a square pan with oil and sprinkle with icing sugar. Be very generous with both, because it will prevent it from sticking to the bottom. The more you use here, the better!

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Add 1/3 cup of water to a large bowl, add 3 packages of gelatin, stir and let sit. I was surprised, that after only a couple minutes, this turned into a solid brick, but just mix it around with a fork to break it into little pieces.

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In a pot, mix before heating the following ingredients: 1cup sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Once you have mixed them together, put it on the stove on medium heat.

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You are supposed to let this boil for a few minutes, and use a candy thermometer to measure when it reaches 240 degrees, or the jelly stage.

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Once it has reached the right temperature, slowly pour it into the bowl with the gelatin, using a beater or electric mixer.

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You have to beat this for a while to get that marshmallow texture, if you have “help”, now is a good time to have a helper because you have to beat it for 5-8 minutes.

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I could tell it was ready when it started getting so thick, it was getting caught up in the mixer…

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Once it is too difficult to mix, pour it into your greased pan with the icing sugar. Btw, it is really difficult to work with, it sticks to everything!

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Licking the bowl is not as easy as it sounds…it stringy and thick and elastic, but delicious! This kept the kids busy for a while! notice how Samantha’s hand is attached to the bowl? Well, it somehow ended up all over her shoulders too…and on her face, but remarkably somehow missed her hair! We do try to celebrate the positives…..

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Leave it in the fridge overnight, In the morning, it was still quite sticky and elastic!
It was a little tough to get out of the pan, but it looked like the right marshmallow consistency…

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I used a pair of kitchen scissors to cut it into strips…

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Then into marshmallow sized cubes. I also made sure to coat each side with icing sugar, to prevent them from sticking together. Here is what they looked like done.

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I was really happy with the result. We had to make some hot chocolate to try them out. I am thinking this would make a great gift…some hot chocolate powder, with a chocolate coated spoon, some home made marshmallows, and maybe even a few cookies….mmmmm…..

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