What is a Marshmallow?

I had planned to post this, yesterday.. but my back won the fight.. (so just pretend its still Sunday..)

I never really considered marshmallow candy, before. I don’t really know why.

What is a marshmallow?

Well, let’s say..

Sugar Stages are what the hot sugar syrup does when a bit is dropped into ice water. (I prefer the thermometer method, personally.)

Suckers are hard candy on a stick.. syrup that got real real hot before being molded onto a stick. (hard crack stage)

Taffey is syrup that got a little less hot, and had air pulled into it. (soft crack stage)

Marshmallows are syrup that got even less hot, and had air whipped into it. (soft ball stage)

The color changes are amazing, to me. My syrup was brown. My vanilla extract is brown. My marshmallows ended up white.

thermometer stages 1

I can cheat, with my candy thermometer, and I don’t have to “know” any temperature stages, by number. When I graduate into Alton Brown category of candy making.. I’ll put a chart on the inside of the cabinet door.

marshmallows

HM Corn-Free Marshmallows Recipe

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What is a Marshmallow?

I had planned to post this, yesterday.. but my back won the fight.. (so just pretend its still Sunday..)

I never really considered marshmallow candy, before. I don’t really know why.

What is a marshmallow?

Well, let’s say..

Sugar Stages are what the hot sugar syrup does when a bit is dropped into ice water. (I prefer the thermometer method, personally.)

Suckers are hard candy on a stick.. syrup that got real real hot before being molded onto a stick. (hard crack stage)

Taffey is syrup that got a little less hot, and had air pulled into it. (soft crack stage)

Marshmallows are syrup that got even less hot, and had air whipped into it. (soft ball stage)

The color changes are amazing, to me. My syrup was brown. My vanilla extract is brown. My marshmallows ended up white.

thermometer stages 1

I can cheat, with my candy thermometer, and I don’t have to “know” any temperature stages, by number. When I graduate into Alton Brown category of candy making.. I’ll put a chart on the inside of the cabinet door.

marshmallows

HM Corn-Free Marshmallows Recipe

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