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BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

October 23 2012

Spooky Homemade Marshmallows

1 cup water, room temperature, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Argo® Corn Starch

Combine 1/2 cup water, salt and gelatin in large bowl of a stand mixer. Stir and set aside.
    
Combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Using a candy thermometer, cook until mixture reaches 240 degrees F or soft ball stage.
    
Gradually pour the hot syrup over the gelatin mixture with the mixer on low. Turn the mixer on its highest speed and beat for 8 minutes. Add vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes. The mixing bowl will get very full. The marshmallows will become very thick, white and shiny. Spread mixture onto greased baking sheet with sides. For thicker marshmallows, use a 13 x 9-inch pan.
    
Let marshmallows cool at least 4 hours or overnight. Combine powdered sugar and corn starch in a shallow pan. Cut the marshmallows into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife or scissors, dropping one at a time into the powdered sugar. Toss to coat well. Store marshmallows in an airtight container in a cool place. Best used within 1 month.