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Nothing says winter like a warm cup of cocoa - and making your own marshmallows is fun and easy. We found a way to combine them both in this Snowman Marshmallow Straw edible craft.
When you make your own marshmallows, you end up with a large baking pan size, which is perfect for cutouts. Just take a snowman cookie cutter and create these fun snowmen on a straw. You could even try one of our flavored marshmallow recipes for a new twist.
Whip up a batch to take with you caroling, or hand out at your neighborhood Christmas party. If you can't wait to eat your marshmallow snowmen, go right ahead and dunk him into the hot cocoa. The more patient among you can push him down the straw as he slowly melts.
- Homemade marshmallows (directions below)
- Holiday straws
- Snowman cookie cutter (stars, gingerbread men and Santa cookie cutters work well too)
- Black decorating gel or icing
- Evenly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer combine gelatin and water (1), fit with whip attachment and set aside.
- In a saucepan combine sugar and water (2) and cover with a lid. Boil for 3 minutes and remove lid. Attach a thermometer on side of pan and boil until syrup reaches 240°F. Do not stir syrup as this may cause it to crystallize.
- Remove from heat, engage mixer in medium speed and while whipping pour hot syrup in a slow and steady stream onto whipping gelatin. Once all combined engage mixer in high speed. Add salt.
- Whip until mixture feels lukewarm and looks like marshmallow fluff, about 8-12 minutes. Stop mixer and scrape marshmallow into prepared pan. Spread evenly. Dust with a partial amount of powdered sugar.
- Allow to cool, preferably overnight while covered with plastic food wrap.
- Next day remove from pan and use a snowman cookie cutter to cut into shape, toss generously into powdered sugar to make them less sticky.
- Slide the snowman onto the straw starting at the snowman’s head (so the bottom of your straw that will be in your cocoa mug will have the marshmallow residue).
- Fill in your snowman’s hat and draw in coal eyes and buttons with black decorating gel.
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