When crafting with food, one of my favorite "mediums" to work with is marshmallows. They're the perfect canvas for just about anything you can think of–you can draw on them with food-safe markers, paint them with food dye, dip them in chocolate or icing, and slice them into any shape you desire. When I created these marshmallow-popcorn "sparklers"
I decided to try something different than my usual approach. I wanted to dye a large batch of marshmallows different colors
for playful fun throughout the year. Through a late evening of trial and error, I finally figured it out.
Dyeing marshmallows is much like dyeing eggs - except without the hot water and no vinegar.
You submerge them in water with a few drops of food dye. The problem is, marshmallows float
. They do not sink as eggs do, so my simple solution (Patent pending! See pictures below.) was to stick a toothpick into the top of each marshmallow, pack them into a large glass measuring cup, and set a plate on top of the toothpicks so that the marshmallows remain under water. It's a little tricky at first, but as long as you pack them into the cup, the 'mallows should stay upright, and the toothpick/plate approach will work just fine.
An alternative to this approach is to pile marshmallows into a French press
and press down the plunger until they are fully submerged. I only think of this now, because my French press is sitting next to me at my desk! If you try it, let me know how it works out. I'd imagine it's much easier!
Leave the 'mallows submerged for about 5-10 minutes (depending on how deep you want the color to be), and throughout that time, rotate the marshmallows presed up against the glass so that they dye evenly. Be careful not to let them sit in the water for too long, otherwise they'll dissolve!
When they've reached the color you desire, remove them from the water, and set them to dry overnight on a sheet of wax paper. In the morning they will be sticky, so use a clean basting brush to dust them with corn starch. Store in a plastic bag as you normally would marshmallows, and you'll have a fun-colored batch of 'mallows to play with!
Click here to learn how to make Marshmallow-Popcorn Sparklers
If you have any questions leave them in the comments below, or share your tips with me if you've found an easier way to do this!
Shannon McCook is dash's crafty associate editor whose appetite for play in the kitchen keeps our readers (and us) endlessly entertained. Find her daily on our Facebook page, or follow her on twitter@mccoooky.
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