Not everyone can stomach the flavor of peeps because they are super sweet. The ones that you make from home are much better for you and are fairly easy to make.
Things You’ll Need:
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
* 1/2 cup cold water
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 1/2 cup hot water
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 2 large egg whites
* 1 tsp vanilla or other extract for flavoring
Oil the bottom and sides of a 13x9x2 inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some powdered sugar.
In a large bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it stand to soften.
In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to moderate and boil mixture, WITHOUT STIRRING, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees- about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pout sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.
With a mixer, beat on high speed until white, thick and nearly tripled in volume- about 10 minutes if using a hand held mixture. In a large bowl with cleaned beaters, beat the egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla or other extract into sugar mixture just until combined.
Pour entire mixture into the baking pan and sift 1/4 cup powdered sugar evenly over the top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours.
Run a thin knife around the edges of pan and invert pan onto large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers, loosen marshmallow and let drop onto the cutting board. With a large knife trim edges.
Cut into 1 inch squares or use a metal cookie cutter to cut into your favorite Easter shape. Once they have been cut, you can lightly toss them in colored crystal sugar to make them the color you want.
*These are much healthier for you if you do not add additional sugar to the outside coating.
*These are sticky! Keep in mind that sticky fingers will more than likely be everywhere!