Red Hots Marshmallows!
When an idea for a treat pops into my head, I scribble out a sketch on the nearest thing I can find. It might be an envelope, a sticky note, the back of my book of checks (what? you don't do that?), or, if I'm lucky, the notebook I have dedicated just for this purpose. Then..I get all excited and antsy until I can take it from paper to pan! I love coming up with a new flavor of marshmallows. These Red Hots Marshmallows come to you by way of a favorite candy of mine from childhood. I always had a stash of these wonderfully cinnamon treats.
I think these turned out great!
Let's start with these yummy Red Hots!
Just 1/4 teaspoon and the flavor was just right!
Let's crush some candy! If you don't have a food processor,
just smash these candies in a baggie with a rolling pin.
After crushing candy, pour into sieve. Using a spoon, stir to separate powdered candy dust from the bigger pieces. Empty into separate bowls.
Preparing the *bloom*.
Half way through mixing time, add vanilla and Red Hots candy dust.
Pretty red paper straws. They just look like a party!
Aren't these sweet?!
Red Hots Marshmallows Recipe
2 Tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup Red Hots (crushed)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot tap water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon oil
Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl with 1/2 cup cold water, stir and set aside. Pour Red Hots into food processor. I pulsed mine several times for about 45 seconds to a minute.
(See photos above for explanation on dividing crushed candy)
In a heavy bottomed, straight sided saucepan, mix together sugar, Red Hots candy pieces, corn syrup, hot water and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. (Don't worry that the Red Hots will not be fully melted) Attach candy thermometer. Continue cooking without stirring until candy reaches soft ball stage. Thermometer will read 235-240 degrees. Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture and cinnamon oil. Set aside.
In mixer, with whisk attachment, beat egg whites till stiff peaks form. With mixer on low speed, carefully pour in hot sugar mixture and flavors. Switch to high speed and mix for 10 minutes. Halfway through, mix in the powdered Red Hots candy dust and vanilla, continue mixing. If making marshmallow pops, snip off corner of large size baggie, insert a large circle decorating tip and fill with marshmallow. Prepare surface liberally with confectioners sugar, lay paper straws over sugar and pipe onto the straws. If you want regular cut marshmallows, pour into a pan lightly sprayed with non-stick spray and let sit overnight. Cover candy loosely. Cut with pizza wheel or sharp knife sprayed with non-stick spray. Fill bowl with confectioners sugar and shake marshmallows till completely coated.
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Keeping Life Sweet!
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