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Homemade Marshmallows

 Homemade Marshmallows
My husband Dale's grandmother fixed these fluffy marshmallows only for special occasions. Since she had no electric mixer, beating the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes was a labor of love. Now, Dale makes them. They're delicious!
48 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold water, divided
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Toasted flaked coconut or ground pecans, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup of water and gelatin; set aside. In
  • a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, salt and
  • remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and
  • continue cooking for 3 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals.
  • Uncover and cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a
  • candy thermometer reads 270° (soft-crack stage). Remove from the
  • heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes.
  • Add vanilla; beat on medium for 10 minutes.
  • Spread mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. pan sprinkled with
  • confectioners' sugar. Cover and cool at room temperature for 6 hours
  • or overnight. Cut into 1-in. squares; roll in coconut or nuts if
  • desired. Store in airtight containers in a cool dry place. Yield:
  • about 8 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 67 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.