Homemade Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This was our first attempt at making marshmallows!

One of the few things that this original recipe called for was gelatin. Because I'd never worked with gelatin before I didn't have any on hand. So I ordered some and began the marshmallow making process, it turns out however that gelatin is pretty gross stuff and it smells like it. I was so excited about the idea of finally making these marshmallows and all the future dessert tables I would love to see these on but I knew I wouldn't want to use gelatin so I very easily found a vegan substitute in agar agar! These were so easy to make and the kids were so happy to help. It was the perfect snow day craft!

In Stand Mixer fitted with Whisk attachment
1 oz.  agar agar
1/2 c. water

In saucepan
1/2 c. water
1.5 c. sugar
1    c. corn syrup
1 tbsp. vanilla

In stand mixer, whisk together 1/2 c. water with agar agar

Combine corn syrup, sugar, 1/2 c. water in your saucepan on medium high heat with your candy thermometer in the pot allowing your mixture to reach 240 degrees

Gradually add your sugar mixture to the stand mixer whisking on high to a thick consistency (about 15 minutes)

Next add in your vanilla

Your marshmallow mixture will look glossy and can then be poured into your 9 x 13 inch baking dish dusted with powdered sugar

Smooth out the top with a rubber spatula and dust with more confectioner's sugar

Allow to sit uncovered 4 or more hours and then cut into your favorite shapes

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