There is nothing better on a cold, winter day than a comforting hot cup of cocoa. If your family is like mine, you go through hot cocoa like water during the long winter months. My son loves to have a cup when he gets home from school. I have to admit that I, myself also love to drink cocoa on the weekends when I am snuggled up on my sofa. The best part of any hot cup of cocoa has to be the marshmallows floating on top. That is, as long as those marshmallows don't contain artificial ingredients and gelatin. You can make your own vegan marshmallows to ensure that you know exactly what is inside each one -- and not only are these marshmallows vegan, they are super fun to make -- and doing so is a great weekend baking project to enjoy with your children.
These marshmallows also look fantastic wrapped up and given as gifts -- and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you can give them as a sweet treat to your friends and family. We cut some of our marshmallows into heart shapes, and they'll be a welcome topping to our cups of cocoa all February long. You can store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator until you are ready to give them away or enjoy them immediately. Read on for the simple instructions!
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
- 2 1/2 tablespoons agar agar
- 1/4 cup and 2 tablepoons water
- 2 teaspoons organic vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups organic sugar
- 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons organic corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- powdered sugar
Step 2: Soak the Agar Powder
Combine the 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons water with the organic vanilla extract. Sprinkle the agar agar powder over the liquid and let it sit for 1 hour. I recommend doing this in your stand mixer, so you don’t have to move the agar agar mixture later.
Step 3: Heat it Up
Once the agar agar has been soaking for about 30 minutes, begin preparing your sugar syrup. Combine the corn syrup, regular sugar, salt and 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil with a lid one and without stirring, once it comes to a boil continue to let it cook without stirring until it reaches soft-ball stage (235-240 F). Do not overcook the mixture, so use a candy thermometer.