Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 25 minutes
Makes about 64
Ellen Carlson of Sacramento was looking for an eggless marshmallow recipe. Judi Wallauch of Granite Bay shares this recipe, which has become one of her family's Christmas traditions. Her granddaughters, Belle and Olivia, love to put these in their hot chocolate on Christmas night.
2½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 cup water, divided use, plus 1 tablespoon
1½ cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Lightly coat an 8-inch square pan (at least 2 inches deep) with cooking spray. Heavily dust the pan with powdered sugar, then set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the gelatin and ½ cup of the water. Let stand 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the remaining ½ cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, over low to medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring often. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Reduce heat to medium and boil at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 244 degrees, about 15 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent mixture from boiling over. If necessary, reduce heat to medium-low.
With the stand mixer and whisk attachment, on low to medium-low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture. Increase the mixer to high and beat 15 minutes. The mixture should be thick, white and nearly triple in volume. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon water, then beat until combined. Spoon mixture (it will be very sticky) into prepared pan. Let stand, uncovered, overnight.
Loosen the mixture from the pan by running a knife around the edges. Invert onto a cutting board dusted with powdered sugar. With a large knife, cut the block of marshmallow into 1-inch squares. Dust squares with additional powdered sugar.
Per marshmallow: 35 calories; 0 protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 16 milligrams sodium; 0 fiber; 7 grams sugar.