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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chocolate marshmallows

To quote B, I've been a marshmallow making machine lately.  First I made a batch of giant vanilla marshmallows.  I followed that up with coffee (espresso) marshmallows, which were giant fluffy pillows of coffee deliciousness.  Then I made these.  Chocolate marshmallows.  Yummy, fluffy, light chocolately marshmallows.  I promise I'm not sitting at home stuffing my face with the dozens of marshmallows I've made so far....(and I also promise that I have at least one other flavored marshmallow up my sleeve for later this week).  I'm making them for something.  It's just a secret (for now).  But there will be a big reveal soon, this I swear to you!

In the mean time, I leave you with all of these delicious marshmallows.  These chocolate marshmallows would be delicious in just about anything (hot cocoa, coffee, chocolate milk).  They're insanely good on their own, too.  Hell, they'd be good on shoe leather!

Chocolate Marshmallows
Adapted from this recipe


1 cup of room temperature water, divided
3 packets of unflavored gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp fine salt
50 grams Dutch-processed cocoa -- then I added more to taste

Marshmallow coating:

1.5 cups of confectioners sugar
1 cup corn starch
2 Tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa, sifted


Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with Pam, and line the bottom with parchment paper.  Feel free to spray the parchment paper with some Pam, too, since when I made the vanilla ones it stuck a little.

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, pour in half a cup of the water and sprinkle the gelatin over it.
Let it stand.

In a medium saucepan over high hear, stir together the water, corn syrup, sugar, and salt.
Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil.
Stop stirring and once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, continue boiling for one minute.
Remove from the heat (it helps to then pour the mixture into a 2-cup glass measuring up, to make it easier to pour the mixture.

Turn the mixer to low and mix the gelatin a bit to loosen it.
Very slowly and carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl by pouring it gently down the side of the bowl.
Continue to mix on low until all the sugar mixture is added.

Turn the mixture to high and whip for 10-12 minutes until the marshmallow batter almost triples in size and becomes very thick.
Sift the cocoa powder over the marshmallow mixture.
Whip to incorporate.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula or bench scraper to spread the marshmallow evenly in the pan, pushing it down into the corners.
Work quickly, as the marshmallow becomes more difficult to manipulate as it begins to set.

Spray a sheet of plastic wrap liberally with Pam and lay it across the top of the marshmallow, sprayed side down.
Using your fingers, smooth the plastic wrap on top of the marshmallows a bit to seal it smoothly and tightly against the marshmallows.

Leave the marshmallows to set at room temperature for at least 3 hours, or even better, overnight.

Mix together the confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, and corn starch.

When you're ready to cut the marshmallows, put a little bit of the corn starch mixture on a cutting board and flip the marshmallows onto the mixture.
Cut the marshmallows using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.  Or, use cookie cutters to make shapes.
Toss the cut marshmallows into the coating to cover, and then shake off the excess coating mixture using a strainer.
Place the marshmallows in a single layer in a pan, and then place waxed paper on top, and then continue layering marshmallows.
Store in an air tight container, for up to a week....if they last that long!

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