Today was such a cold rainy day here in the Pacific Northwest! It was the kind of day that makes you want to stay inside and drink hot coco all day! Well, now you can have a little fun with it when you do. Here is a recipe and some fun ideas for topping your hot coco with some extra special marshmallows! Yum! And, since Christmas is just around the corner, here are some great variations to celebrate!
Makes 100 Snowflakes
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (each scant tablespoon)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
1. Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment paper. Spray parchment; set aside. Pour 1/3 cup cold water into bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle with gelatin; let mixture soften, about 5 minutes.
2. Place sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cover; bring to a boil. Remove lid; cook, swirling pan occasionally, until syrup reaches 238 degrees.(soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.
3. With mixer on low speed, whisk gelatin mixture, and slowly pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl (to avoid splattering). Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is thick, white, and has almost tripled in volume, about 12 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat 30 seconds to combine.
4. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet; smooth with an offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. 5. Coat a 1-or-2-inch snowflake-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray to prevent it from sticking. Cut out as many individual marshmallows as possible; coat cutter with more spray as needed. Use marshmallows immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Almond or pistachio: Substitute almond or pistachio extract for vanilla. Add food coloring if desired.
Lavender: Omit the vanilla extract and beat in 1 1/3 cups bottled lavender syrup. Add food coloring if desired
Lemon: Substitute lemon extract for vanilla. Add food coloring if desired.
Peppermint: Substitute one-eighth teaspoon peppermint extract for vanilla. Add food coloring if desired
*If you want to add some texture to your marshmallows, try covering with sugar, powdered sugar, or sprinkles!*