So the other day when I went to look for my recipe post online, I couldn’t believe what I saw… my little man in the pictures blew me away! I even sent it to my husband and we giggled together. He was just so tiny! THAT’S how long ago it was when I posted it… And my daughter was inside my tummy at that time… just amazing. So it then occurred to me that my little girl, now 4, had never made them with me, nor had she even tried them.
So I set out to change that.
|(she did all of this herself…my favorite is her checking the 1 cup line on the measuring cup)|
…Microwave the gelatin/water on high for 15 seconds, stir and again for another 15, stir and again for another 15. It should now be liquified and hot.
Dry off your now hot mixing bowl and beater and place the gelatin mixture in, along with 1 cup of agave nectar (I prefer the light instead of the amber because it produces a whiter marshmallow, but we only had the amber on hand), 1/4 tsp kosher salt, and a good splash of vanilla extract.
Turn your beater on medium at first to get it started, then begin to increase the speed as more air becomes incorporated and the mixture becomes lighter and fluffier.
See stages below…
This takes 8-10 minutes, sometimes 15, depending on the weather and your mixer. But I highly encourage standing by and watching the magic take place…
It’s done when it’s completely white and fluffy and holds its shape when it drops back into the bowl from the whisk…
And do not forget to give that whisk to your little chef. She earned every bit of that gooey goodness.
(And be sure to work quickly because it will soon harden and become un-lickable.)
…Dust your counter with flour and invert the pan.
Slap the back of the pan to release it onto the counter.
Using a pizza cutter dusted in flour, cut into desired sizes (you can see here the chef chose the extra large size…and mama later cut them in half).
Toss your cut marshmallows in some more flour to prevent sticking, although they will remain a bit tacky.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for as long as they last in your home.
*These are great to add to lunchboxes, they’re fun to make crispy rice treats with, they’re fun to even cut into different shapes for different holidays. We’ve even dyed the whole mixture before and then cut into bunny shapes for homemade ‘peeps’.
*I do not recommend using these in hot chocolate. THEY WILL SIMPLY PUDDLE. These are made from an already liquified sweetener, unlike traditional marshmallows that boil white sugar and corn syrup until they ‘candy’, so they just melt back into liquid. And they’re just not as fun in that sense.
But they are entirely fun in every other sense…