Easy Homemade Marshmallows {and Hot Chocolate} Recipe

It's my personal philosphy to try to make everything from scratch at least once.  Not only does it put you in touch with what is actually in your food, but you'll learn what is worth making yourself and what is fine another way.  This weekend I tried that with marshmallows and hot chocolate.  I'm only sad that I didn't try this sooner!  Both of these recipes are from Alton Brown, one of my favorite go to chefs.  I made some modifications of my own.  They are easy and fun and WORTH doing from scratch!

3 pkgs unflavored gelatin (look near the Jello)
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
equal parts powdered sugar and cornstarch (I used about a cup of each total)

Prepare a cookie sheet.  Line a sheet with a generous portion of parchment paper.  Sprinkle the entire surface with powdered sugar/corn starch mixture covering the whole surface. 

Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of your mixer. 

Combine 1/2 cup of water, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a pan on the stove.  Cover and heat up over med high heat for 3-4 minutes.  Uncover and boil until it reaches 240 degrees.  Now my candy thermometer was in need of a new battery so I just guessed.  I waited until the mixture reached a boil and let it cook for seven minutes after that and that worked perfectly.  I stirred occasionally. 

Turn on your mixer with the whisk attachment on low.  Slowly pour the sugar mixture in along the side.  Once added, turn to high and allow to whisk for 12-15 minutes.  The mixture should have no heat when it's done. Add the vanilla at the very end, mix until incorporated.

Spread out over the parchment lined pan.  Use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly.  Sprinkle the top with more powered sugar/cornstarch. 

Once set, cut into squares using a pizza cutter lined with powdered sugar/cornstarch.  Coat the exposed sides as you go with excess powdered sugar mixture.  Store in an air tight container for up to three weeks. 

Enjoy with hot chocolate...recipe below!

This weeks teacher treats are some homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows! This recipe is also Alton Browns! It's simple and tasty!

Hot Chocolate

Combine the following in a large bowl:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 1/2 cups nonfat dry powdered milk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch

To serve, use 2 tbls to 8oz hot water or milk. 

Enjoy! What better to do during the cold cold winter than experiment with some new recipes?

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