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Merry Marshmallows

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Merry Marshmallows

Katie Schur

Marshmallows remind us of all things cozy. Maybe it's just me, but lately I've been getting into the holiday spirit by wrapping up in a snuggly blanket and warming up with a cup of hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows. If you've never tried making your own marshmallows, it's not difficult as long as you have a stand mixer. The best part is that you can customize the flavors, cut them into shapes or add a spritz of color. Homemade marshmallows also make great DIY gifts this holiday season. 

Ingredients:

-3 packets of unflavored gelatin (like Knox), approx. 2 1/2 tablespoons
-1/2 cup of water
-Confectioner's sugar (for dusting)
-oil for lining pan
-1 1/2 cups of sugar
-3/4 cup of light corn syrup
-1/8 teaspoon of salt
-1/3 cup of water
-1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract* 

*Try swapping out with peppermint, mint or hazelnut extract

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of water. Let the mixture stand for approximately 10 minutes. In the meantime, line a 9 X 12 baking pan with oil and dust with confectioner's sugar. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix together the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/3 cup of water. Bring to a boil and stop stirring. Let the mixture boil for about 6-8 minutes. When it's ready a candy thermometer temp should read 240 degrees F. Add the hot sugar syrup mixture to the gelatin mixture and beat with the whisk on high speed for 10 to 12 minutes or until the marshmallows have tripled in size. Add the extract and whisk again for about a minute. Working quickly with a buttered or oiled spatula, transfer the marshmallow mixture into the greased baking pan. Spread evenly across the pan and add any decoration (see suggestions below) quickly before the marshmallow mixture begins to try. Let the marshmallow mix sit for 4 hours or overnight. Turn out the marshmallows onto a cutting board dusted with more confectioner's sugar. Slice into squares or try cutting into christmas stars, snowflakes or trees. Marshmallows can be stored in a covered container for several weeks. 

Decoration variations:
 

 Shape into snowflakes, candy canes or stars. Or add sprinkles for extra color and texture. 

Shape into snowflakes, candy canes or stars. Or add sprinkles for extra color and texture. 

 Add drops of red food dye and swirl into shapes with a toothpick to make marbled marshmalows. 

Add drops of red food dye and swirl into shapes with a toothpick to make marbled marshmalows. 

 Have fun with different shapes and techniques. Just remember marshmallows melt fast!

Have fun with different shapes and techniques. Just remember marshmallows melt fast!

We'll be announcing two new partners next week and adding more items to our online store. Just in time for some last-minute Christmas shopping! Be sure to check out our store for some gift ideas