I've made marshmallows before and they were just okay. These blueberry marshmallows are way more than okay. They are soft, and so blueberry yummy. AND they are a beautiful blue color. These would be great for a kid's FROZEN party. It's relatively easy to make, too. Basically, you are making a gelatin and then adding a syrup to it that has been heated to 240 degrees.
However, the SMORES that come from these blueberry marshmallows are OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS! First you need to make the marshmallows....
How to make blueberry marshmallows:
½ cup blueberry juice (can buy it or make it)
2 packages unflavored gelatin
¾ cup cold water
¾ cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
Dash of salt
To make the blueberry juice: take 1 cup of water and ½ cup blueberries and put them in a small sauce pan. Crush the blueberries and bring to boil, slowly cooking for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid. Use ½ cup in recipe.
Mix the gelatin in the ½ cup blueberry juice in a small microwaveable bowl to let the gelatin soften.
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, ¼ cup corn syrup, ¼ cup water and salt to a boil. Leave on medium low heat and with a candy thermometer bring the syrup to 240 degrees.
While that's happening put the ¼ cup of corn syrup in a bigger bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until frothy.
Remember the gelatin in the blueberry juice? Microwave it for about 30 seconds and that will dissolve all the gelatin and pour it into the bigger bowl with the ¼ cup corn syrup. Beat this on high until it is frothy and fluffy.
Now the syrup must have reached 240 degrees. Slowly drip this into the large bowl with the gelatin and corn syrup mixture. Keep beating this mixture on high as you add the heated syrup in a fine stream. Keep beating this on high for another 5 minutes or so. It gets very fluffy and lovely. Tasting at this stage is a must.
Prepare the dusting powder. Marshmallows are kind of sticky so they need a dusting powder.
Mix together ¾ cup of confectioner's sugar and ½ cup cornstarch and place ½ in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch pan. Pour the bowl of marshmallows into the pan on top of the dusting powder. Spread marshmallow batter evenly in the pan. Dust the top with the rest of the powder.Let sit for a few hours. Cut up and serve.
Makes about 50 small marshmallows or 24 larger ones. This is an amazing process.
Now for the smores....
2 graham crackers, a blueberry marshmallow and a tiny milky way bar is a winning combo! I like to use milky ways in the smores since the caramel just makes everything so much yummier. My nephew, Mike, said this is a super marshmallow especially after it's toasted over the grill.