How about something a little different today? Let's make some treats for our sweeties!
It's fun to do, but I'm warning you – it IS messy! These are homemade marshmallows! I followed a Youtube video but changed a few things. First, I sprayed the pan with a little cooking spray, then put in the parchment paper. The oil helps keep the parchment from moving around too much. Then I mixed 1/2 cup corn starch and 1/2 cup powdered sugar together and sprinkled a heavy layer of that over the entire bottom of the pan on top of the parchment. Next I followed this video. Be REALLY careful pouring the hot mixture into the mixer, then gradually go from slow to high to keep it from splashing out. I didn't spray any of that oil onto the marshmallow. Who wants oily marshmallows? Yuck! I did add the peppermint extract and also a little red food coloring. After I dumped the marshmallow mixture onto the corn starch & powdered sugar layer, I did NOT spray it with oil, I sprinkled on another heavy layer of the corn starch & powdered sugar mixture. Then I placed a piece of parchment over that and gently pressed to level it out. The next day, I cut it into squares and dusted all sides with the corn starch & powdered sugar mixture. This keeps them from sticking but they don't absorb much. Then I put them in a storage container and shook them to knock off the extra powder. Store in an airtight container. For the large ones, I shoved in a lollipop stick and coated them in melted chocolate chips. I thought the chocolate covered the peppermint flavor too much, so I crushed up a Starlite mint and sprinkled it on 2 of them. For the little ones, I just cut them smaller and put them in a plastic bag. (Don't forget to dust all cut sides with the powder mixture) They are for adding to hot chocolate. Mmmmmmmmm! Hot Chocolate!!!!!!!! Enjoy these treats with your sweetie! Susan