Step 4: Beat It
Now that your agar agar has been soaking for 1 hour, add it to your stand mixer and start mixing on medium speed. Slowly and carefully start to pour your hot sugar syrup into the agar agar. Once you have added all of the sugar syrup, bring the speed up to high. Seriously, be careful – this mixture is very hot and you don’t want it to splash on you. Continue mixing for at least 10 minutes or until you get fluffy, stiff peaks – it may take longer depending on where you live and the amount of humidity in the air.
Step 5: Now Make Marshmallows
I covered the entire bottom of the baking dish with parchment paper and then a layer of powdered sugar. Then, pour the sugar-agar mixture into the pan. and smooth out the top with a spatula. Let the marshmallows rest at room temperature overnight.
Step 6: Cool Out and Shape Up
In the morning, turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and peel them off of the parchment paper. You can dust the tops with the powdered sugar and cut them into heart shapes using a cookie cutter or knife. Or you can cut them into cubes – I used kitchen shears, however you can use a pizza cutter or knife. Keep them in an airtight container in your refrigerator until you have used them all – they won’t last long, I promise!
Step 7: Add to Hot Cocoa and Enjoy!
Surprise your favorite people with organic hot cocoa and heart shaped vegan marshmallows! What could be more fun on Valentine’s Day than that?