Tuesday, December 15, 2009

easy neighbor or teacher gift

I found this in a magazine and decided I'd seen enough folks on the food network making these that I'd finally give it a shot. These were so fun to make and I really think my boys' teachers will love these. I'm going to pair them with hot chocolate and candy canes. FUN!!!!! You can use any flavoring you'd like and any thing to top them, I chose the basic vanilla flavoring and topped them with powdered sugar, red sugar crystals and baking cocoa. These will melt just divinely in your hot cocoa. I can't wait to munch on some of the left overs!!!!

2 tbsp butter
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin,
1 C cold water
2 C sugar
1 C light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp clear vanilla

line a 13X9 in pan with foil and grease foil with butter, set aside.

In a large metal bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2C water, set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240 degrees (soft ball stage).

Remove from the heat and gradually add to the gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and the volume is doubled, about 15 minutes.

Beat in vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight.

Using foil, lift marshmallows out of pan. With knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray, cut into 1 inch squares. Dip or drizzle marshmallows with toppings if desired; coat with garnishes as desired. Roll other marshmallows in the garnishes of your choice.

Store in air tight container in a cool dry place.

I love how rustic these look. They are far from the perfect little squares and that's how they are supposed to be. The more oblong and funky the better I say! Enjoy these tasty treats!!!



Melody said...

I've got to try this sometime. Such a cute gift idea. I have a craving for hot chocolate and marshmallows now!

MaryBeth said...

I love marshmallows but have never made them before...you did a wonderful job.

teresa said...

that is a fun gift! great job!

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