Monday, November 21, 2011

Chaotic Christmas Countdown Day 47

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Chaotic Christmas Countdown
Day 47



MMMMMMMM.....MMMMMMM....MMMMMM

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
and
Homemade Marshmallows!!!!


Ok!!!  I saw these hot chocolate on a stick at the "Christmas Gathering" this weekend but just stumbled upon the marshmallows!!!  My recipes came from MAKE AND TAKES!! If you have NOT ever had homemade marshmallows (not that I had either) then LIFE IS NOT COMPLETE!!!!  They are AWESOME!!!  Can not explain it but you HAVE to try them!!!  The recipes are pretty simple and not too time consuming BUT you have to know that the Hot Chocolate TAKES 12 HOURS TO SET UP!!!!!!!! 



Aren't they SOOOO STINKIN CUTE??????



SOOOOO, on to the recipes!!!





HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  •  14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • One 4-oz bar unsweetened chocolate broken into small pieces ( I used the German chocolate)
  • Wooden sticks
  • 8″x8″ pan, lined with parchment paper
Heat the cream and sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat until it starts steaming, stirring periodically. Remove from heat and add chocolate! Stir and let sit for 10 minutes, then put back on medium-low heat and stir with a whisk until chocolate is completely melted and shiny! I added a couple of teaspoons of vanilla!
Pour chocolate into prepared pan and spread chocolate as level as you possibly can. Let it sit FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS!!!!



Remove chocolate from pan and cut, top side face down, into squares. Divide the block into sixths each direction, so your squares will be a bit larger than 1″ x 1″. I used a long knife and later read that I should have run my knife under hot water to keep it from sticking to the chocolate!!!!
One stick is good for a regular coffee cup full of milk!!





HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS



3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided in halves
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray


Pour gelatin into the bowl of a  mixer set up with the whisk attachment along with 1/2 cup of the water!!!!
In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook  4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, this takes a while!!!  I just kept standing there staring at it!!  ;)


 Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes! Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping!

Prepare the baking pan!!!
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later!!!
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan!!  THIS is VERY hard!!!  It is EXTREMELY STICKY!!!!  Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover!!!  I spread the sugar/cornstarch mixture smoothly with a spoon!! Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours!!!
Dump the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza cutter dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary.  These can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks!!!!!


I am VERY PROUD of my accomplishments!!!  Who would have ever known that you could make HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS????





I am going to sit down and enjoy myself a NICE HOT CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE with HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS!!!



I am sitting here thinking that I am going to package these up in groups of 4-6 and give them for
Christmas Presents!!!

Sounds like a plan to me!!

See you tomorrow for
Day 48!!!!!



29 comments:

  1. REALLY good idea for Christmas presents, everyone know homemade gifts are the best! They are made with LOVE!! On the marshmellows, my page has 1 1/2 cups but nothing else on that line?? You did AWESOME!! I could never keep up!

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  2. Amazing idea! Everyone loves it.Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  3. Hi, Randee

    Wow, how yummy! My mouth is watering. LOL I will have to try this.

    Vanessa

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  4. Hi, Randee

    Thank you for stopping by www.homesweetbutterfly.com, I am a follower of your blog as well. Thanks again for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Vanessa

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  5. Hi Randee...came to you from Metamorphosis Monday...I like the idea of homemade marshmallows! Have you ever tried campfire marshmallows dipped in Baileys after they're cooked! So yum! xo

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  6. Oh My!!!!! That looks sooooo good! I will have to try these. Cheers.

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  7. Love, love, love, LOVE, love this idea!!! By the way, did I mention I love this?!? Definitely a feature for next week! The marshmallow making scares me too much ...sticky makes me tired...but the hot chocolate on a stick fits right into my "state fair food" philosophy! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your yummy recipe at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  8. you did a very nice job! I totally feel inspired andy just wanna eat one too! And yes, theory are so stinken cute! Love the way u explained how to make them too, pretty easy! thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower :)

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com -- you were featured today!!

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  10. What a fabulous gift for teachers, neighbors and friends! I'd be thrilled if you came and shared this at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

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  11. WOW!! great idea!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday - over at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  12. I am your newest follower! Will be making these for sure - I first saw them in Germany. They like to stick a wooden spoon in before it sets and use giant ice cube tray moulds.

    If you would like to share them at my new Christmas link up (on from Monday) that would be amazing.

    http://twelvecraftsofchristmas.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-link-party-no3.html

    Hope to see you there!

    Rosie

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  13. This is such a great idea and sounds delicious! I love your orange Kitchen Aid! http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com/2011/11/vanilla-bean-paste-giveaway.html

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  14. Yummi, this would make nice Gifts to Nikolaus or Chrismas. Thanks for sharing.
    Would try to make them very soon.

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  15. Creative idea!

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday!!
    Hope to see you there again tomorrow!
    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  17. GENIUS!!! I am so loving this idea. Can't wait to make them. Thanks!

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  18. I had NO idea that you can make homemade marshmallows. Wow! Congrats.. they look great Randee!! Love your series too.

    Thanks for linking this up to my Friday party.. cant wait to see what you share this week!

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  19. What a fantastic idea. This takes care of all those small gifts that add-up during the holidays.

    Thank-you so much for joining our Pin'Inspiration party. Would love for you to hop over and grab a button.

    Happy follower.

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  20. These look so yummy!! Thank for sharing at Shine on Friday! I hope you'll join us again soon:)

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  21. I love this idea! I am going to make them for Christmas gifts this year. One question: What exactly are the directions for making the hot chocolate? Is it pour boiling water over the hot chocolate on a stick or is it pour hot milk over the hot chocolate on a stick? Have you tried both? I want to make some tags to go with them for christmas gifts and I am not sure what to put. Thanks.

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  22. Hey there, thanks again for sharing last week at Pin'Inspiration Thursday. You are one of our features! Would love for you to drop by and grab a button.

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  23. Super-cute & would make awesome little gifts! Thanks so much for sharing this idea.
    CAS

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  24. Your idea is great! But I'm not sure if you realize!!! That 99%!!!! Of your punctuation!!! Is EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And that you sound!! Like! BILLY MAYS!!!! !!!! !

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  25. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-and-rural.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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