Each Easter, you splurge on those delicious marshmallow chicks. Here's how to make your own and enjoy them all year round.
- Step 1: Make colored sugar by putting 2 cups of sugar and a squirt of food coloring gel in a plastic bag. Then shake and massage the bag until the gel is evenly distributed.
- TIP: Add more gel to the sugar with until you achieve your desired shade.
- Step 2: Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, spread a generous layer of colored sugar over it, and then set it aside.
- Step 3: Mix the gelatin with 5 tablespoons water in a bowl and let sit.
- Step 4: Heat 1 cup of sugar and 4 tablespoons of water in a saucepan until it boils. Cook until it reaches 235 degrees on your candy thermometer.
- Step 5: Remove the saucepan from the heat and add its contents to the gelatin bowl. Mix thoroughly and let it cool until it's only slightly warm.
- Step 6: Mix for another 10 minutes until the mixture is no longer clear. Then add the vanilla extract.
- Step 7: Whisk the mixture with your electric mixer for 10 minutes on high speed until the candy is white. Then add food coloring
- TIP: Use the same color food coloring as you used to color the sugar.
- Step 8: Immediately put the candy mixture into the pastry bag with the round tip.
- Step 9: Make the body of the bird by holding the pastry bag at a 90-degree angle and then squeezing the bag to form a 3-inch round body, tapering it off to create the tail.
- Step 10: Make the chick's head by piping a dollop of the candy mixture on top of the chick's body. Squeeze while swaying the tip away from you, and then sway the tip towards you and taper it with an upward flick to make the beak.
- Step 11: Sprinkle the chicks with colored sugar. Then attach colored candies for eyes.
- Step 12: Let the chicks sit overnight to set. Indulge in this tasty treat and store any leftovers in an airtight container.
- FACT: Americans buy more than 90 million pounds of marshmallows each year.