I don’t know about you, but I am SICK of snow days. I love my kids, but there is such a thing as too much togetherness.
The other night, they were outside for approximately four minutes before coming in because they were “frozen”, demanding hot chocolate. I gladly made it for them, but I had committed a major faux pas in the eyes of my eight year old. I didn’t have enough marshmallows.
I am always desperate for something that will keep the three boys from wrestling or annoying each other to death, or worse still, from whining about the wrestling and annoying. I decided we could make marshmallows at home together. I took care of the dangerous parts and let them man the mixer and spread out the marshmallows once it was done. This could potentially provide me with 15 minutes of near silence. 🙂
Yes, it’s probably more expensive to make these on your own, but it will provide you with an activity for your kids. You’ll need a candy thermometer, light corn syrup and gelatin. Those are the only things that I can think of that you wouldn’t readily have available. You will need a mixer, it would take WAY too long to mix this by hand with a whisk.
So here goes…
3 sheets of plain gelatin (we used Knox)
1/2 cup of ICE cold water, shouldn’t be hard in this arctic climate.
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1 cup of light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of confectioners (10x) sugar
Place ice cold water in the bowl of your mixer with the three sheets of gelatin. In the meantime, heat the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a saucepan. Clip the candy thermometer to the side and cook until the temperature reads 240 degrees. This took the longest and I did it without the assistance of any minor child.
Once the syrup reaches 240 degrees, slowly pour the syrup over the gelatin. Increase the speed of the mixer until the syrup/ gelatin mixture is three times larger than what you started with. Add the vanilla at the last minute. I had the kids watch the mixture and touch the side of the bowl to tell me when it was lukewarm. This sucked up about 15 more minutes of their time. The marshmallow is super thick and really messy at this point.
Now for the fun part!! I had the kids dust a baking dish with half of the confectioner’s sugar. I sprayed their impeccably clean hands with cooking spray (Pam or something like that) and had them smooth the marshmallows onto the pan. It’s really messy and kids love that so this will buy you about ten more minutes of peace.
We made the hot chocolate, sliced the marshmallows and they went to town. My eight year old was happy, I got half an hour of peace, and redeemed myself to my son. They all had a lot of fun! By the way, when you cut the marshmallows, spray or oil a pizza cutter or bench scraper. This will make it a lot less sticky. I hope you enjoy this one! I know we did!!