The recipe I used requires these ingredients:
3 envelopes knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
confectioners sugar for dredging
Step 1: Put 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer & sprinkle gelatin over it. Leave it there for 10 minutes. (the photo in the top, left corner below shows what it will look like at the end of the time)
Step 2: Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. (shown before & after boiling in the top right & bottom left photos below)
Step 3: Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt & beat for 12 minutes. Add vanilla and incorporate into mixture. (shown in bottom, right photo below)
Step 4: Scrape mixture into a 9x9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. (I put mine in a larger pan & that worked out just fine- we sure ended up with a TON of marshmallows!!) Let sit for a few hours.
Step 5: Remove from pan and dredge the marshmallow slab (have I mentioned how cool it is to have a giant marshmallow slab in your hands? haha) in confectioners sugar (dredge just means get the sticky edges covered in the sugar, so that they won't be too sticky)
Step 6: Cut into squares with scissors or a chefs knife.
Step 7: Dredge each piece of marshmallow in the confectioners sugar. (my girls loved helping with this)
Step 8: Store in an airtight container.
Step 9: Enjoy in hot chocolate! Or make something else fun!
(I'll share what we did in a future post ;)