My Grandma is one of those people who can do just about everything, and through out my life she has taught me so much. When I think of the most influential people in my life her and my mother and definitely the top two. She has so many talents, one of which is making amazing candy and another is teaching her grandchildren how to do it too. Every year for Easter, her and my mom make all of us our own Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg. This year is no different, I went over and helped them make the family eggs and then came home and tried out a batch of my own.
My favorite part is the chocolate, but first we have to start by making the marshmallows.
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1/3 C. cold water
1/2 C hot water
2 C sugar
1 tsp. salt
Start by dissolving the packets of gelatin in the cold water.
Bring the 1/2 cup of hot water to a boil, then stir in gelatin mixture. Slowly add sugar and salt. Take off heat and beat with electric mixer until it reaches marshmallow consistency. (about 10 minutes) Immediately pour into to molds and cool.
I’ve seen people just pour the marshmallows into a large pan and cut into squares if you are just making marshmallows for any occasion, but for the egg shapes we create molds using plastic Easter eggs and flour. It works the best if you use a plastic egg that splits down the middle length wise.
Fill a cake pan with flour, however deep you want your eggs to be, and press the plastic egg into it to create the egg mold.
When your marshmallows are thick, spoon them directly into the eggs shapes in the flour.
This allows them to dry and form into the shape that you want, with out sticking to a pan or plate. Once they have been drying for a little while, my Grandma usually covers them completely with the flour to help take away the rest of the stickiness. Once you can touch them with out having the marshmallow stick to your fingers you can move them out of the flour to prepare for dipping. (Time of drying varies depending on the temperature of your room. It took mine over night.)
To prepare for dipping all you need to do is wipe off the excess flour so the chocolate can stick directly to the marshmallow.
(RM and JJ dusting the flour off the marshmallows and so excited to start dipping.)
Now for my favorite part- the chocolate!
Is there anything more wonderful than a GIANT bar of chocolate? My grandma generally buys chocolate in twenty five pound bars! Delicious! Because these are so think we have to cut them with a knife into small chunks for melting. If you have never melted chocolate before you want to be very careful not to burn in. Put it in a flat microwave safe bowl and microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals. Check it and stir it often.
It will be pretty lumpy to start with, when stirring try to break up the lumps as best as possible.
It doesn’t take long and it should be nice at creamy. Now Grandma says that in order to do it right you have to use your hands. Check the temperature, stir and dip all with your fingers.
It’s very messy!
The temp should be surprisingly cool when you start dipping. (When dipping chocolate, it won’t be perfect the first time. Trial and error is really the only way to find the right temp.) When you think the temperature is good throw your first marshmallow in. Use your fingers to completely cover it and use two fingers to pull it out of the chocolate. Place the dipped marshmallows onto wax paper to dry.
You want to dip in a somewhat cool room to help the chocolates dry. If you notice that the chocolate is starting to turn white as it dries that means that the chocolate was too hot when you dipped. If it is too hot you can cool it off by stirring in small chocolate shavings until it reaches the desired temp.
After we dipped all of our marshmallows we had some extra chocolate so we decided to start dipping some other things just for fun. RM loves gummy bears so he wanted to throw some of those in the chocolate. Pretty delicious, but so hard to get out of the chocolate bowl! Then we got out some girl scout cookies and the boys got to dip those on their own. They were very excited that they could hold on to one side of the cookie and stir the chocolate with the other. (I think we ate more cookies than we dipped!)
It was very tough to convince them that they should leave all those tasty treats alone to dry.
Once it has dried it turns into to a nice chocolate shell.
You can decorate them any way that you would like, or leave them blank.
We’ve always written our names on them with decorators frosting and added some little spring time flowers.
The boys and I really enjoyed making our Easter treats and I have always loved learning from Grandma!
I hope that you will enjoy them too!