I admit, I feel a bit hypocritical eating marshmallows, which is why I don't do it very often. This conflict is rooted in not having eaten meat in 20-plus years. And while I do identify as vegetarian, marshmallows--unlike myself--are not. Conventional marshmallows have gelatin in them, a substance made from boiled animal bones.
That said, I am not sure the vegan or vegetarian ones are much better for me (or you). They are pumped full of things I cannot pronounce and to me, that is just as bad. So here you go...old-fashioned marshmallows.
And let me just add this, I toasted one of these babies with a cooking torch and OH MY GOD, there is nothing better than a fresh marshmallow toasted--to die for! Oh, and stay on the look out, this recipe is the beginning. I will be using these marshmallows for my Valentine's Day recipe which is coming out tomorrow. It's dripping with warm chocolate and oozing with gooey marshmallow.
- 2 tablespoons gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a small bowl, combine the gelatin and half of the water. This part is pretty disgusting. The powdered gelatin gels rather quickly and you are left with this transparent, yet yellowish, substance that doesn't move. It doesn't even jiggle. Seriously, the smartest thing Jell-O ever did was having people skip this step. It would've taken a lot more than Bill Cosby to sell this stuff if they hadn't.