What can be better than homemade marshmallows? How about Marsh-Meows? Cut into kitty-cat shapes, just in time to celebrate the Netflix original, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, which lands in Netflix queues on January 16. Since Puss is such a milk connoisseur, why not cuddle up to a mug of milk-based hot chocolate with floating cat marshmallows? Or usher in the new adventures of Puss in Boots with a friend. Bring a jar full of hot chocolate mix, along with wrapped Marsh-Meows and share the purr-fect chocolate treat.
Hot Chocolate with Marsh-Meows
Yield: around 20 to 25 marshmallows plus extra squares
For the marshmallows:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
4 packages (¼ ounce each) unflavored gelatin
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract (or peppermint extract, if desired)
2 extra-large egg whites
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Cookie cutters in the shape of cats or paws
- Line a 12-inch by 18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment paper with cooking spray.
- Add sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; let mixture come to a boil. Raise heat to medium-high; cook until mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in extract; set aside.
- Beat egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture; with mixer running, gradually add to egg whites. Mix on high speed until very thick, about 15 minutes.
- Pour mixture into prepared lined pan, quickly using a spatula to make into an even layer. Let marshmallow stand, uncovered, at room temperature until firm, at least 3 hours.
- In a baking dish, combine cornstarch and confectioners’ sugar. Dip cookie cutters into cornstarch mixture and then cut into marshmallow sheet. To prevent sticking, making sure to dust cutters with cornstarch mixture between cuttings.
- Toss all the cat-shaped marshmallows with the cornstarch mixture to prevent them from sticking together. Any remaining marshmallow pieces not able to be a cat shape can be cut into pieces and still used.
For the hot chocolate:
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels
Milk, as needed
- In a jar, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, and chocolate chips morsels.
- To prepare, bring milk and hot chocolate mix to a boil over medium-high heat in a heavy-duty pot. (Use about 2 to 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix for 1 ¼ cups milk.) Gently whisk together until chocolate morsels are melted. Transfer to a cup and decorate with marsh-meows.