A great gift idea, Snowman Marshmallow Toppers are fun to make and the sweetest thing to top your cocoa.
Course: Candy, Dessert, Snack
3packages unflavored gelatin
1/2cuplight corn syrup
1 1/2teaspoonsvanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Nonstick cooking spray
1cupBlue candy melts
1cuporange candy melts
1cupbrown candy melts
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with 1/2 cup of the cold water.
In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, the granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. When the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.
While the mixture is whipping, whisk the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Coat a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl and set aside.
Pour the marshmallow into the prepared pan and use a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly in the pan. Dust the top with just enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut the marshmallows into circles just large enough to barely fit a standard sized mug and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Set aside.
Melt the blue candy melt in the microwave for 1 minute and stir until smooth. Repeat with the orange and brown candy melts. Transfer the melted candy to a zip top bag and snip off a corner. Decorate the snowman as you'd like. Allow the chocolate to set. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.