After seeing this recipe from MarthaStewart.com, I decided heart-shaped marshmallows would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my friends this year. I especially like this idea because these marshmallows pair up really well with my [hot chocolate truffle balls]. Plus, I like that they can be customized. For instance, you can add a flavor extract (like peppermint or vanilla), food coloring, or you can even dip them in chocolate if you want to make them super fancy.

Homemade Marshmallows

Recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com

Ingredients
• Nonstick cooking spray
• 3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
• 1/2 cup cold water
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup light corn syrup
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Powdered sugar

Directions
Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine gelatin with 1/2 cup cold water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil, and allow it to boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin-water mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.

Optional: Add a teaspoon of vanilla or peppermint extract, or add a few drops of food coloring to make pastel colored marshmallows.

Using a greased rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Let stand for at least 2 hours to set. (I find it best if left overnight.)

Carefully remove marshmallows from pan. Remove all plastic wrap and discard. Using a heart-shaped cutout greased with cooking spray, punch out marshmallow shapes. Coat with powdered sugar, and set aside. Once you’ve punched out as many hearts as you can, use a greased knife to cut the leftovers into marshmallow cubes. Coat with powdered sugar and store in an airtight container for up to three days.

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To package my heart-shaped marshmallows, I set them inside cupcake liners, and wrapped them in cellophane. I secured the cellophane with baker’s twine, and added my grapefruit colored personalized tags in the style Luxe.

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Lindsay is a writer/blogger from Oregon who loves crafting, cooking, gardening, and simple living. You can find her writing about all of this and more on her blog A Wooden Nest.


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