LET’S TOAST TO DAY 1 of HOLIDAY CHEERS!

By Anna McCoy On Wednesday, December 12 th, 2012 · no Comments · In Event Ideas ,Recipes

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows with a Cocoa Coating

For the holidays, I have found it fun to play around with making hot chocolate mix and homemade marshmallows as little gifts for friends, family, and colleagues. This year, I bought a book Marshmallows: Homemade Gourmet Treats to get some more inspiration for this year’s batch of fluffy treats.

I made my first batch of Vanilla Marshmallows with a Cocoa Coating. What I really love about the book is the recipe for making your own version of corn syrup using cane sugar… It turned out great and the marshmallows were delicious!

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup cane syrup (Recipe)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, cane syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Happy Holidays!
Laura Alima, Marketing Director

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