Who doesn't love a good holiday tradition? It's been fun blending traditions from each of our families and making some new traditions along the way. One of these newer traditions is homemade marshmallows. I've been making them for several years now and I have to say there is just something about giant, fluffy and perfectly square marshmallow in your hot cocoa. Additionally I love wrapping up a little bag of marshmallows with a couple packets of fancy hot chocolate and giving them away as neighborhood/friend gifts. A little different from the usual cookie plate. And while the first half of the recipe is not kid friendly (boiling sugar then pouring lava-hot mixture into a mixer!), the second half is kid friendly and kid fun. Here's the recipe I use (from Martha Stewart here).
Instead of a larger 8x12 inch pan, I use a smaller 9x9 inch pan which makes for thicker, perfectly square 'mallows. (My pictures are from the end of step 4 and on.) After you've let the mixture sit overnight turn the entire marshmallow block out onto a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
Then you just cut, roll in powdered sugar, slice and roll in powdered sugar some more. The marshmallows are super sticky so coating them in powdered sugar is important.
This is where the kids come in. They love doing this part and I love having the help. A great way to keep little hands....
Be aware that they are very sweet! So if you are making your own hot cocoa don't use as much sugar. And if you're using pre-made hot coca mix, just be aware that towards the end your drink will be very, very sweet!
Like many of you I'm sure, I've still got Newtown Connecticut on my mind and in my heart. My friend Kendra found the address for Sandy Hook Elementry and suggest writing a letter of love and support. I think this is a great idea.
Sandy Hook Elementry
12 Dickenson Drive
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
And if you have time please read these inspiring words and thoughts about Newtown via Kelle Hampton.
And then click here.