Vegan Treats: Marshmallows!
Marshmallows are one of the most delectable treats, especially as ingredients in other delectable treats. This time of year especially, munching on a smore with gooey, yummy warm chocolate, or snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows as wintery, puffy clouds of joy on the top of your cup sounds so appealing. There’s nothing like watching the marshmallow melt right before your eyes in that cup of magic. The one and only downfall? Marshmallows have animal gelatin in them, which makes them inedible for some vegetarians and all vegans! FEAR NOT FRIENDS. YOUR DAY IS ABOUT TO BECOME SLIGHTLY BETTER. Here is a recipe for vegan marshmallows! Now you can join in the fun and top your hot cocoa with some marshmallows, or make yummy Rice Krispie treats also! For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 4 tsp. agar powder
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- Soak the agar powder in ½ a cup of water.
- While the powder is soaking, in a saucepan, bring the other ½ cup of water, sugar, and light corn syrup to a boil (235 degrees Fahrenheit). It is important to stir is constantly!
- Using a hand mixer beat together the soaked agar powder and the sugar mixture you have just boiled for about 10 minutes. You’ll get a fluffy, white mixture as your end result.
- Cover a baking dish with the powdered sugar and spread the mixture on top. Then, put the rest of the powdered sugar on top of the mixture.
- Allow it to cool and become firm. Then you can cut them into whatever shapes your little hearts desire!
- Keep in marshmallows in your refrigerator, in a tightly sealed container!
To spruce up the recipe a bit: you can flavor your marshmallows! To do this, mix in 1 tsp. peppermint extract into the mixture while you blend it with your hand mixer. Then when you spread the mixture out in a baking dish, drop in about 8-10 drops of red food coloring in various spots on top of the mixture, and swirl it around, down to the bottom of the dish, with a fork to make the swirls you see in peppermint candies or candy canes!
Vegan or not, you can all try these marshmallows all the same! They’re so yummy. So, give this recipe a go so you’ll be ready with some homemade marshmallows the next time you’re craving a cup of hot cocoa! Enjoy!
Stay on top of your finals friends, and finally, have a wonderful holiday season!
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* Recipe credit to: http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-homemade-vegan-marshmallows/ *