I had every intention of using my Grandmother’s recipe to make marshmallow treats for my son’s teachers. However, after making the first batch of marshmallows, I came to my senses and realized what a daunting task this was. I knew myself well enough to know I would crack under the pressure to make perfectly formed marshmallows –exquisite enough to be presented as gifts. Of course, this revelation came the night before the Christmas parties.
Using the time I had left, I figured out a way to make the ingredients portable, measured them, and packaged them, complete with instructions. Here’s how I made marshmallow gift kits:
- Butter to coat the pan
- 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cornstarch for dusting
- Sterilized canning jars held the corn syrup
- To measure the sugar and corn syrup, I used a scale, and the kids helped make sure each bag was exactly right.
- Pre-packaged plain Knox Gelatin packets, already sealed, were dropped into the bags
- The sugar fit into a Ziploc bag.
- Next, I copied and printed the recipe with my printer, complete with step by step instrcutions.
- I used asterisks to highlight specific ingredients that were omitted, (water, salt, vanilla, and butter. Although a real vanilla bean would add a nice touch.)
- The recipe was printed and rolled with a ribbon.
- All the ingredients fit perfectly into a white paper bag, tied with a ribbon.
Phew! That was easy!