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Author Notes: These tart cranberry marshmallows enrobed in dark chocolate are the epitome of holiday elegance. More at home with a glass of bubbly than dangling on a stick over a fire they are the perfect holiday gift. —Couldn't Be Parve
Makes about 80
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry concentrate
- 3 tablespoons powdered gelatin
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/4 cups corn syrup
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, for coating (or use coating chocolate)
- Lightly spray an 11 x 15 jelly roll pan or 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spray a spatula and set it aside.
- Combine the first quantity of water, the cranberry concentrate and gelatin in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended and smooth. Set aside.
- Combine second quantity of water, corn syrup, salt and sugar in a 4-quart saucepan and place over medium heat. When mixture boils, brush down the sides of the pan above the upper surface of the syrup with a clean, moistened pastry brush to dissolve any lingering crystals.
- Place a candy or instant read thermometer into the syrup and continue to cook, without stirring, until syrup reaches 255F. Remove the pan from heat and carefully stir in gelatin mixture.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Quickly cover bowl with loosely draped plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel in order to avoid splatters, and gradually increase the mixer speed to “high”. Whip mixture for 10-12 minutes.
- Scrape mixture into prepared pan and spread out smooth with oiled offset spatula. Set marshmallow aside, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 4 hours or over night before cutting.
- Before cutting the marshmallows, sift the cornstarch and confectioners sugar together into a medium mixing bowl. Cut marshmallows with a lightly oiled knife or pizza cutter and break into individual pieces. Another good way of cutting the marshmallows is to coat the knife in the cornstarch mixture between every few cuts. Toss the cut marshmallows in the cornstarch mixture to completely coat, shaking off excess as much as possible in a strainer.
- If using real chocolate, temper the chocolate after the marshmallows are cut. If using candy coating melt the coating. Dip each marshmallow into the chocolate with a fork, scrape off the excess chocolate and place on a baking sheet to set.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Confection