Vegetable oil, for brushing onto a 8x8x2 in. dish, as well as parchment paper long enough to hang over edge.
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water for stove top as well as 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cold water for gelatin mixture.
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Brush the vegetable oil onto the bottom of the 8x8x2 pan, then line parchment paper at the bottom and then brush oil onto the top of parchment as well, leaving enough parchment to hang over two sides to pull marshmallows out later.
In the meantime, place 2 packets of unflavored gelatin into your mixing bowl with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cold water, let stand for approximately 5 minutes to soften and absorb water.
In a medium saucepan put in the granulated sugar, water, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, do not stir, and place your candy thermometer into pan . When it reaches 140° F remove from heat. Be careful, the mixture is very hot. Slowly pour into gelatin mixture, mixing on low with hand or stand mixer, until all sugar mixture is absorbed. Gradually increase the speed to high and continue to mix for approximately 12 minutes until it begins to thicken. It will be a thick constancy like marshmallow fluff at that point, then mix in the vanilla. As soon as vanilla is mixed in, pour into your 8x8x2 lined pan and let sit uncovered for approximately 3 hours to firm.
After it firms, pour 3/4 cups of powder sugar onto your cutting board and release the marshmallows from the pan onto the sugar, and tossing sugar over both sides to absorb stickiness. Using a serrated knife, cut the marshmallows according to size preference. Then toss all sides into powdered sugar.
Select any melting chocolate you prefer, as well as nuts, edible glitter, etc… to decorate your marshmallows. You may even prefer them plain.
Store up to 5 to 7 days in an air tight container, enjoy by themselves or in your hot cocoa!