Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Tinted Marshmallows.

Marshmallows are actually quite simple to make and require only a few ingredients.  You just need the right equipment or else you’ll be standing at your counter beating a bowl of fluff for hours on end (although you would have nice arms by the end of it should you decide to go that route.)

The base starts with adding a simple syrup (made with TWO kinds of sugars – yes!) to softened gelatin (which make marshmallows technically not vegetarian for herbivores like me, but I won’t tell if you won’t tell)  while you beat the hell out of it for about ten minutes.  My mixer was begging for forgiveness by the time the fluff got to the right consistency.

Toward the end of beating, you can add whatever extracts and tints you like.  I just stuck with vanilla and a pale pink hue (getting in the spirit for Valentine’s Day), but I think coconut, orange, strawberry, peppermint, lavendar or one of the other two dozen extracts I have would have fit the bill.

You then spread the mixture in a 9×13 pan (sorry, forgot to take a pic!) and let it rest for a few hours or overnight so it will hold its shape once you remove it from the pan.

Then you cut the marshmallow slab into whatever shapes and sizes you’d like.  I thought about doing hearts, but then realized just the thought of that made me sick.  So I settled for plain old squares.  You then toss them in sifted confectioners sugar or potato starch so they are not too sticky handle.

This is where Martha’s recipe ends, and my genius begins.  What one ingredient makes almost anything better?  Besides cheese, butter or gravy?  CHOCOLATE.  So I dipped one end of the ‘shmallows in melted chocolate.  Seriously, doesn’t that make them so much better?

(By the way, homemade marshmallows are a bitch to clean out of your carpet if your toddler decides to grind them in with his fist.)


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