Eunice here and I am here to declare that I am becoming a marshmallow snob. After all, I am known for my scrumptious Jello flavored marshmallows. Even so, the first time I attempted these vanilla marshmallows I thought it would also be the last. They were a hot goopy mess; but they were so yummy I haven’t been able to get them off my mind. So I have decided that they are worth it. They taste so much better store bought marshmallows. One day I was thinking how I could make the marshmallows even better and I thought, chocolate makes almost anything better. (I have eaten chocolate covered bacon and bacon fudge) So I dipped some marshmallows in chocolate and I was right!
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 C. Cold water
2 C. sugar
2/3 C. light corn syrup
1/4 C. water
1/4 t. salt
1 T. vanilla extract
powdered sugar for dredging
Line 9×13-inch pan with wax paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 C. cold water to soften, about 10 min.
Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 C. water in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a rapid boil and boil hard 1 min or if you have a thermometer boil until it gets to 250 degrees. Pour boiling syrup into soaked gelatin and turn on mixer, using the wire attachment. Mix on high speed. Add salt and beat 12 min. After 12 min, add vanilla, and beat to incorporate.
*I found that if I boil it until it gets to 250 degrees the mixture is more stable and less sticky when it comes to cutting them.
Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray, be careful the mixture might be quite hot. Scrape the mixture into prepared pan. Cover the pan with a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray and softly press onto the top of the marshmallow mixture, creating a seal. Let the mixture cool on the counter to set for a few hours or over night.
*The sprayed plastic is the easiest way that I have found to spread the mixture evenly into the pan
Lightly dust counter with powdered sugar and dump the marshmallows out. Cut into pieces and dredge in powdered sugar. I have found that scissors work the best for cutting the marshmallows. Store in an airtight container.
At this point if you want to dip them in chocolate. I have found that the easiest way to do this for me is to melt chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave. Then I don’t have to worry about moisture getting in the chocolate from a double boiler.
Now Go Do the Right Thing and Have Some Joy with Gelatin!