Unknowing to many, marshmallow often contains gelatin made from animal sources. In North America, the source is often from pig. Halal alternatives are much better now than when I was growing up, but finding high-quality ones can still be a challenge.
It wasn’t until last year that I had the opportunity to taste gourmet marshmallows – yes people, gourmet halal marshmallows! Winter went by just a little warmer with some peppermint ‘mallows tossed in my hot chocolate.
Anyway, enough about my love for marshmallows, here’s how you can make your own halal vanilla marshmallows to throw in your own hot chocolate during winter (or anytime!)
Here’s what you need to make your own halal marshmallows:
- 1 cup of cold water
- 90 grams of unflavoured halal gelatin
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- A dash of salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (or any other flavour you wish to use)
- 1 cup icing sugar
- Line a rectangular-shaped pan with aluminum foil and then spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
- Whip out your KitchenAid: Pour ½ of the water into the large metal bowl, and then sprinkle the halal gelatin over it.
- Let it cool for about 10-20 minutes until the gelatin absorbs the water.
- Mix the sugar, salt, ½ cup of water and corn syrup in a saucepan, and stir over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat and bring it to a boil (about 115 degrees celsius)
- Now comes the hard part: pour the hot mixture into the gelatin mixture slowly, while the mixture runs at the lowest speed possible.
- Slowly increase the speed of the mixture to high until the mixture starts to form peaks and becomes thick (about 20 or so minutes).
- Add the vanilla or your choice of flavour, and mix it a little bit more.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and let it sit for several hours until completely firm.
- Once it’s firm, sprinkle lots of icing sugar on your work surface and turn the marshmallows onto it.
- Then sprinkle more icing sugar onto the marshmallow once you’ve peeled the foil off.
- Cut the marshmallows into any shape you’d like, but regular cubes seem to work best for me and my hot chocolate!
Our halal marshmallow recipe might take a few attempts before you get it just right! Do not attempt substituting halal gelatin with pectin or agar agar, it will leave you with a mess! Halal gelatin can be found rather inconsistently at halal grocery stores throughout the GTA. If you aren’t able to find any, ask you halal grocery store to see if they’re able to source it anywhere for you!
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