Trust me, this is so much easier than you expect! Yes, this can get sticky very fast, but marshmallow mess is a lot easier to clean up than expected. Plus it's delicious so go ahead and lick the spoon :). I was skeptical about liking this reciepe; I am not a huge marshmallow fan. Turns out, though, that I am just not a fan of store bought marshmallow! Don't get me wrong, I still can only eat one of these bad boys before my sweet tooth is satisfied, but these are so much better than any store bought versions. For a special occassion, or as a gift, these are definitely worth the sticky fingers!
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Optional: cocoa powder to sprinkle on top at end
Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
For the syrup, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Raise the heat to high and cook until syrup reaches 24p degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
With mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes.
Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Grease an 8in x 12in baking dish, then with a sieve generously dust with confectioners sugar.
Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners sugar.
Confession: I wasn't able to resist them to let them stand overnight, so mine were more moist than yours may be if you follow the directions. I personally didn't mind the moisture (and stickiness), but if you want them drier definitely don't skip that step.