These were a disaster, but a tasty disaster that ended up ok after all. I completely burned the first batch, due to my brand new candy thermometer which was 60 degrees off. Go figure. I knew I should have calibrated that thing... Second batch went much better just using the cold water test. Unfortunately I was interrupted in the middle by my 2 month old, so after breaking for a quick feeding, my gelatin mixture was already beginning to set up. I tried to pour it into my egg white mixture anyways, but "pouring" was sort of a joke by this point, so it was more like gloppy spoonfuls that got pulled up into the spinning mechanism of my KA mixer. Glop got EVERYWHERE. And I do mean EVERYWHERE. My husband essentially had to partially dismantle my mixer to get it clean. I don't know how I actually got ENOUGH of the glop into the egg mixture to actually make these work, but somehow I must've! These were fantastic in cocoa and I also used them to make an AWESOME homemade peppermint mocha. (Made peppermint mallows instead of vanilla). My kids were eating them by the spoonful. Even I enjoyed them, and I actually hate marshmallows. So, despite the disasters, call me crazy, but I'm making another batch today. Only thing I'll change is to cut the peppermint extract to 1/2 tsp. One full tsp was just a little too strong for my tastes. Next project: Hot chocolate on a stick with a homemade peppermint marshmallow in between two chocolate blocks.
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These were a disaster, but a tasty disaster that ended up ok after all. I completely burned...