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Heartmallows or Marshentines, Whichever


This will be my first Valentine’s Day ever when I will actually have a man to celebrate with!  Pathetic? Maybe, but I find it more stressful than anything.  What does a girl with a limited budget get her sweetheart?  I have been exploring a lot of options and I read this article yesterday that I found rather interesting.  

I have several jars of luster dust hanging around my house, and I suppose I never figured out the proper way to use them.  Mixed with a dash of vodka, the luster dust turns into edible paint… EDIBLE PAINT! Get your head out of the gutter, I mean for cakes.  The blogger said you can use it on any dry edible surface and it got me thinking about these marshmallows my mother used to make me as a kid.  On top of that, I knew I had some kosher gelatin in the pantry, and thus, my heart-mallows were born!

(adapted from My Baking Addiction)
7 1/2 tsp kosher gelatin* (about 3 packages normal gelatin)
2/3 cup light corn syrup** (substitute Agave nectar if made for Pesach)
2 cups white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract***
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup corn starch (optional)
Place 1/2 cup water in a medium sized bowl.  Sprinkle the gelatin over top, and let absorb for about 5 minutes or so.  Set up your electric mixture so it is ready to go at a moments notice.  You can even balance the beaters right in the bowl.

 Cover a baking pan completely in aluminum foil, and spray the foil down with cooking spray.

Whisk together 1/4 cup water, the corn syrup and the sugar in a sauce pan.  Place the sauce pan over medium heat and continue to whisk until the sugar is dissolved.  Let the sauce pan alone over the heat until it comes to a hard boil.  Let your sugar mixture remain at a hard boil for 1 minute until it looks like the picture below.  Once it reaches that consistency, immediately take it off the heat and beat it gradually (on either low or medium) into the gelatin.  Be careful to pour the sugar along the side of the bowl and not let the hot sugar touch the beaters upon entry.

Continue beating on low for 12 minutes.  Seriously, 12 minutes.  Set your alarm.  You will be there a while.

You may believe the consistency you’ve reached is thick enough, but it probably isn’t.  You want the mixture to form stiff, stiff peaks.  12 minutes.

Pour the marshmallow mixture into your pre-lined pan (this pan was 9″x6″), being careful to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.  Let it sit there are room temperature for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Once the marshmallows have set, it is best to cut them with scissors.  Be sure to oil the scissors before cutting.  I cut lengthwise, then cross-wise 1″x1″x1″ cubes.

Mix together the powdered sugar and the cornstarch.  Dredge each piece in the mixture until covered.  If you don’t do this, your marshmallows will stick together.  You may omit the corn starch and use just powdered sugar if you’d like.

This recipe yielded about 40 pieces.  Now for the Valentine-y part.  šŸ™‚
Take your luster dust (you can get this at Amazon, Michael’s, or Sur la Table) and mix with just a very small amount of Vodka until it is acrylic paint consistency.  In fact, I would recommend pouring the Vodka first, so you don’t over-pour and mess up the whole ratio.  The vodka does evaporate, so do not worry about serving this to kids.  
Paint as you would any canvas.  It’s really that easy!

Let the duster lust paint set for a solid 10 minutes.

And now you’re good!  Use them for whatever you’d normally use marshmallows for – hot chocolate, s’mores.  I guarantee the taste will be far superior to any mallow you’ve ever tasted. šŸ™‚

Oh! I should also mention that this whole venture cost me $0.00.  I had everything in my pantry!  Not bad, eh?

*There are vegan gelatin options available, and I believe you can buy them at Whole Foods (ahem, Evy).

**I have also read you can substitute honey for the corn syrup.  I have not seen this done, nor has this been tested by me, but if anyone tries it, let me know!

***To make the marshmallows a different flavor, just add 1/2 tsp of the corresponding extract to the vanilla.  For example, if you want peppermint marshmallows, at the end of the beating process, beat in 1 Tbsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract.

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