Homemade Marshmallow Peeps
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
It’s officially Peeps season! Visit any store in the U.S. and you’ll see large displays of the cute yet creepily crusty marshmallow candies, alongside Cadbury eggs and pastel colored packages of regular year-round candy as well. After my enlightening experience making homemade marshmallow for the first time, I thought making homemade Peeps would be fun.
I bought colored sugar, which saved me some extra effort, but you can easily achieve the same look by mixing food coloring with the sugar in your pantry. If you use liquid or gel coloring, you may have to sift out a few lumps but it should work just as well.
- 1/2 C cold water, divided in half
- 1/4 C light corn syrup
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 C sugar
- 1 1/2 t unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 t vanilla
- Colored sugar (or make your own with food coloring and sugar)
- Cocoa powder and water (optional; for eyes and nose)
In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 C cold water, corn syrup, sugar and pinch of salt. Whisk together over medium heat. Once sugar is dissolved, let sit unstirred until mixture reaches softball stage (around 235-240°F).
While sugar mixture is boiling, sprinkle gelatin over remaining 1/4 C cold water in a large, deep heatproof bowl (a stand mixer bowl is perfect for this). Let stand for about 1 minute, until it softens. Beat this at medium speed.
Once sugar mixture reaches softball stage, remove from heat and carefully pour into gelatin, avoiding the beaters and sides of the bowl. Immediately begin mixing on high speed, for 5-8 minutes, until mixture increases in volume and turns white and thick. Add vanilla and beat for a minute more.
Pour into a lightly greased casserole pan. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight.
Using lightly greased cookie cutters, cut desired shapes out of marshmallow. Drop onto a plate covered with colored sugar and cover all surfaces. To make eyes and nose, sprinkle some cocoa powder on a clean plate. Dip a toothpick in water and then dip wet tip into cocoa. Dab dots onto sugar covered marshmallow.