I really loved a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night with homemade marshmallows turning into gooey goodness on top... BUT when I made the decision to "go G.A.P.S." I had to let that little slice of heaven go.
Knox gelatin, cane syrup, white sugar and a dash of water made up the original recipe, but then I had the idea to just try substituting honey for the sugar syrup! Here are the results...
3 tbsp grass fed beef gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup honey
1/2 cup water
2 tsp Vanilla extract*
1. Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in a mixer bowl and let bloom while cooking honey syrup.
2. Combine honey, 1/4 cup water, and salt in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and allow to remain and a rolling boil for 3 minutes.
3. Turn mixer onto low with just the gelatin in the bowl. Pour boiling syrup over gelatin** and slowly raise the speed over about 2 minutes to avoid splatter. It's HOT!
4. Add vanilla at this point and continue to beat the heck out of the mix until it is the consistency of marshmallow cream. This usually takes about 5 -10 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen and speed of your machine.
5. Pour mix into a greased 9 x 13 pan and wait!
6. After about 4 hours, use a greased pizza cutter to slice and dice those bad boys into individual marshmallows!
These will keep in the fridge indefinitely. They are best to eat alone within 3-5 days, but will melt into raw milk hot chocolate perfectly forever!
I know this seems like a lot all written out, but after you do it once and see how easy it is, you'll be making them for everything! I want to try a chocolate variation of this for 3 Musketeer copy cat candy bars!! Will post that when I try it.
*A note regarding extract: I make my own with Mexican vanilla beans and vodka. Be careful when you are using extract that there is no added corn syrup or other things that are not allowed on G.A.P.S.
** Many people say this step needs to be very slow, but I've never done it that way. Dump that syrup in there and turn the mixer up!
Urban Poser has a recipe that is just like this in the ingredients, but the directions are a bit different. She coats hers in something (cocoa, coconut, arrowroot starch...) to keep them from being sticky, but I haven't found this to be a problem with mine.