Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marshmallow Fairy Wands

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My 4 year old munchkin has been asking for marshmallows and hot cocoa for weeks. And for weeks I have been saying, "No, get those marshmallows out of the cart! They are not good for you!" But then I realized, hey, you're only 4 once - let's have some fun and make our own marshmallows.

This was my first time making marshmallows and they turned out to be very simple. I started with Martha Stewart's recipe because it did not require the use of a candy thermometer which - gasp - I do not own. The less gadgets a recipe calls for, the better, in my book.

 
After cooling the mixture overnight in a baking pan, we used a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes. And since a little glitter makes everything better, we added gold shimmer dust. A lollipop stick transformed the sparkly stars into magical fairy wands.
       What little girls don't love pretending to be fairies?





But these aren't just for little girls.


Wouldn't they be fabulous at a hot cocoa bar for a winter party or wedding? Dreamy...


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Or how about atop a Slim Paley Marshmallow-tini?


















Marshmallow Fairy Wands
printer friendly recipe 

Nonstick cooking spray
3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract plus seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped 
Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for coating
colored sanding sugar, sprinkles, or edible shimmer dust  
equipment: 
star cookie cutter
lollipop sticks (available at craft stores) 

Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. *YM note: I used 2 (8-in square) baking pans.  Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.

Add vanilla extract; mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula or your hands with cooking spray. Spread gelatin mixture evenly into pan using prepared spatula or your hands. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Let stand for 2 hours.

Carefully remove marshmallows from pan. Remove all plastic wrap and discard. Cut marshmallows into stars using a cookie cutter coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle stars with sanding sugar. Insert one lollipop stick into each star.

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61 comments:

  1. My little girl would love these, especially with a little bit of that glittery fairy dust :)

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  2. Sounds lovely! And simple! Thank you :)

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  3. These are just adorable! And I agree they are only little once, and you are making very special memories, that's really priceless!

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  4. We are on the same wave lengths!!! Those marshmallows are so darling! Your girls always put a smile on my face!!

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  6. These are adorable! I would have loved these as a little girl, wait who am I kidding I would still love them!

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  7. not gonna lie. i'm pretty impressed. little fairy wands! that you can eat!

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  8. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Love this! I have two girls and I know they would go crazy over these! Thank you!
    - Victoria

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  9. Marshmallows on a stick = genius! Love the shapes you made....I let Indigo have one per day if she is good at school.

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  10. This is genius! My daughter would love me forever & ever if I made this for her!
    (FYI going to share on my FB page)
    :)

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  11. Oh Marina---the fairy wands are the cutest things ever---makes me wish my girls were 4 again, they would have gone crazy for these. You are a genius.

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  12. I really need to make marshmallows. They look wonderful, I love that you cut them into a star, to cute!!

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  13. So sweet. Both my girls love to pretend to be fairies! Kelsey even asked Santa for 'fairy dust' this year! lol Too cute! Hope you have a fabulous New Year Marina! :)

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  14. Yum! I haven't made marshmallows in several years now. But they are wonderful...so much better than the store bought kind. In fact, they really don't even taste anything alike! ha.

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  15. What a cute idea, these look amazing! :)

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  16. Well I have a 2.5 year old munchkin who would also love to eat these. I'm happy to have found this great foodblog.

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  17. Yummy! these are so cute! what a great idea!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thanks Marina! This is just so lovely. My 2 year old (who is a reincarnation of Tinkerbell) will definitely let out her costume green dress and her multicolored-glittered wings and use these marshmallow wands to turn everything into whatever she likes them to be. We will definitely enjoy every step of making these yummy treats. Thanks for sharing. You are a terrific mom!

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  19. Look at those sweet fairies! And what a cute idea!

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  20. So cute! I'm sure they loved their fairy wands. :-)

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  21. It's definitly on my to do list too! These are so gorgeous as are your lovely models! I am sure they taste so much better than the store bought ones. Lovely as usual.

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  22. These are too cute. The photos of your daughters are adorable. Also, I love the design of your blog!

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  23. I am now following you on Pinterest. I have had lots of trouble with followers lately, they haven't had them show up and then almost 200 were missing in one day, so I don't know if it will show on your board. I know several others who are having the same troubles.

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  24. Now that is my kind of wand. I love your pictures. They are always so fantastic. Happy New Year.

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  25. Magical with a dash of tasty whimsy!

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  26. Aren't marshmallows so easy to make?! I've used Ina's but I'll try this one too!

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  27. This is so sweet! What a fun idea. You are awesome! (:

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  28. YOU are my favorite foodie blogger...yep I said it! haha! I LOVE LOVE this! I want to try this asap. Pinned of course

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  29. I would go crazy over a marshmallow want...haha!! Probably just as crazy as my son would. Great idea!

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  30. The kids would love these, might have to try them for new years while I induldge in a martini :)
    Happy New year!
    XO
    Kristin

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  31. My kids will love these. I just love the marshmallow wands. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I am not gonna wait until my baby girl is actually able to eat marshmallows, I am gonna make them really soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. You never cease to amaze! Wow. Beautiful.

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  34. Your star marshmallows look perfect for hot chocolate, but I have to admit the marshmallow martini caught my eye! :)

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  35. I became a follower of your blog, Marina, and also on Pinterest.Thanks for such lovely ideas!

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  36. Always looking for great recipies to try. Following you back from MBC. Thanks for the follow.

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  37. Hi Mrs Marina, Hope you have a Blessed New Year to come...

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  38. Beautiful. Can't help asking: the star-cutters are they the ones I got B. from Ikea?

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  39. I am curious... looking to use this for an event of which I must prepare in advance... how long do you believe these will keep? And what method of storage would you recommend? You are so creative. I cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring. Blessings to you and yours

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  40. These are gorgeous! I have a little girl that would LOVE these!

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  41. These are awesome. I've always wanted to try and make my own marshmallows and what better why to eat marshmallows than have it in stars :)

    http://www.lyzhang.com

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  42. Romaine, I think you could keep these for up to a week stored in an airtight container. I kept them in a large tuperware type of container. Enjoy!

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  43. I have made homemade marshmallows only once, but they were square and plain. Yours are darling and so fun! Happy New Year, my friend!

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  44. This is so cute! I found your blog via Homemaker on a Dime, your pictures look great! Come check out my blog sometime :) http://bridgetbakes.blogspot.com/

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  45. These are adorable! My daughter would LOVE them...maybe for her birthday.

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  46. These are so cute where did you find the longer sticks at? I bought some but they are to short for "fairy wands" and I'm going to make these for my nieces first birthday. :)

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  47. Pastrychefgrl, I'm so excited you're making them for the 1st birthday! I know I have seen two sizes of lollipop sticks in the past. I have gotten both sizes at our local craft store. The sticks I used for this project are 6". I would call Michael's or other craft store and ask if they carry them. Good luck! Please come post pics of your finished product on my facebook page! :)

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  48. After all that I went to michaels and there they were so I bought some longer ones! Lol thank you I can't wait to show you my finished product! I love making my own marshmallows when I figured out how to do them almost 4 years ago I never bought another store bought one again! :)

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  49. gorgeous photography and the wands are magical!

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  50. Vanessa5:14 PM

    These will be perfect for my daughters fairy birthday. Question, in the instructions, you say to add vanilla but I'm not seeing it in the ingredients listing. How much vanilla? And did you use clear vanilla or the regular dark vanilla? Thanks.

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    1. Oops, sorry about that.
      1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract plus seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped if you have it.

      Have a great party! My little one turning 2 tomorrow!

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  51. Wooow! It is look really yuammy!

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  52. These are the cutest treats EVER! I don't have daughters (yet) but I don't think that's going to stop me from making these ;)

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  53. Thank you for the amazing idea!! I can't wait to try these!
    I also wanted to let you know that I linked your page on my blog:
    http://do-what-i-want-to-do.blogspot.com/

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  54. I think this is a wonderful idea, I must give it a try!
    Did you use the pure vanilla extract and the vanilla bean, or can you do it with just the pure vanilla extract??

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    1. Hi Jennifer! You can do it either way :)

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    2. Can I replace corn syrup with brown rice syrup

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    3. That's a great idea! I have never tried it so I can't say for sure. Let me know how it turns out!

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