Tiny babies take large amounts of love and patience. And these tiny marshmallows are the perfect thing to celebrate the arrival of such a wonderful little bundle, because they take love and patience too. Yes, it’s really great to create something quickly when you don’t have a lot of time, which is often the case. But there are times when you want to throw efficiency out the window, and just give yourself up to doing a really nice job, and forget about how long it takes. This is when you are making something with love. These marshmallows are one of those projects, and with these, I don’t care about the time; I want sweet, darling, cute little marshmallows, and since they are made with love, so much the better, don’t you think?
Still, it only took about two hours to make these, including mistakes. I hope my instructions are clear enough that things go smoothly for you.
Makes hundreds and hundreds
• 3/4 cup cold water
• 1 Tbsp (1 envelope) powdered gelatin
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 – 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp corn syrup
• liquid food coloring
• powdered sugar or cornstarch
Special materials needed: very large paper cones. A frosting tip will be helpful though not necessary – small frosting tips will make tiny marshmallows, large tips will make large ones. To make paper cones, use parchment paper and follow this one-minute tutorial.
Pour 1/2 cup of the water into the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the gelatin on top. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of water, vanilla, sugar, and corn syrup into a saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer to the side, being sure the end is in the liquid but not touching the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stir until the temperature reaches 234 – 240. This takes ten minutes or so.
Just before the sugar mixture comes up to temperature, blend the gelatin mixture for a few seconds. Then, after you take the sugar syrup off the heat, pour it slowly – while hot – into the gelatin mixture, beating on medium high. Gradually and steadily, continue to add a stream of the sugar syrup to the gelatin, beating constantly, eventually beating on high speed. After it has all been added, continue to beat until almost stiff peaks, for 8 – 10 minutes.
Divide the marshmallow foam among three large bowls. Into the first bowl add three drops of yellow food coloring, into the second add two drops of blue, and into the third add two drops of red. Stir vigorously, each with its own spoon, to incorporate the color. If you want a more intense color, add more drops of food coloring.
Line two or three cookie sheets with wax paper or parchment paper. Make three paper cones and prop up in empty drinking glasses. Spoon the marshmallow fluff into the cones. Starting with one color, pipe one kiss to the size you want. You will probably experiment with several first before arriving at your desired shape. Once you have achieved the desired shape with one, pipe another in the very middle of the sheet of parchment. This one will be your guide. Refer to it while piping all the rest; this will help you keep them a uniform size.
Allow to rest 24 hours in a cool dry place. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, place in a bag and shake off the excess.
Make parchment or tissue paper liners for the ballotin boxes, press them in place gently. Carefully fill the boxes with marshmallows, then decorate with labels, ribbons, tags, etc. Put all the boxes into a large plastic bag and store in the refrigerator until ready for your event. The marshmallows will keep up to two weeks refrigerated.