DIY Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

individual-recipe-vanilla-bean-marshmallowsThis is another great DIY, handmade holiday gift idea from the team at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. These homemade marshmallows are full of flavor and will brighten any holiday gift basket. Make sure you keep some extras on hand for your hot cocoa and holiday baking needs! 

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
3/4 cup cold water
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup original corn syrup (light color)
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar and corn starch; set aside. Line a 9 inches x 13 inches glass baking dish with foil. Lightly coat foil with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Pour 3/4 cup cold water into a large bowl of an electric stand mixer. Then sprinkle gelatin over water and let soften. Fit mixer with a whisk attachment.

In a medium, heavy, deep saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, water and salt; stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Attach candy thermometer to saucepan and continue to cook until mixture reaches 240 degrees F, about 10-12 minutes; do not stir. Remove from heat.

Turn mixer on low speed. Slowly pour stream of sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into softened gelatin. After all the sugar syrup has been added, gradually increase speed of mixer to high and beat until mixture is thick, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla bean paste during the last minute of beating.

Pour marshmallow into prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula; place in refrigerator until firm, about 3 hours. Sift half of the powdered sugar-cornstarch mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Turn Vanilla Bean Marshmallow onto sugared surface and remove foil. Using a pizza wheel cutter, cut into 1 inch squares. Roll marshmallows in remaining powdered sugar mixture. Store in an air-tight container.

Makes 5 dozen

Note: You can use Pure Vanilla Bean Paste in place of Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste to achieve a different, but still delicious, flavor profile. Simply use the same amount of the Pure Vanilla Bean Paste.

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