Easter Candy Recipes
Easter Activities For Children - Marshmellow Eggs
This is an Easter Activity that has been in my family for years, I used to do this with my grandmother who used a wood stove and beat by hand with a wooden spoon!
I have made these with quite young children as they love measuring and beating, and love making the eggs at the end. But you need to be really careful during the cooking stage as boiling sugar is extremely hot.Ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons of gelatine
OR 2 Tablespoons of Jelly Crystals if you want colored eggs.
- 6 Tablespoons of cold water
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
- Yellow food coloring
Tray lined with baking paper
Dissolve the gelatin (or jelly crystals) in the cold water and put in a bowl to one side.
Boil the sugar and boiling water approximately 15 minutes until it gets to the soft ball stage when you drip some into cold water.
Pour it over the gelatine mixture and leave it to cool.
When lukewarm add the vanilla and start beating until it goes white and cloudy, it takes a while, maybe 10-15 minutes.
Put some into a separate bowl and mix in a few drops of yellow food color for the yolks.
If I have just one child helping, they usually want to do the yolks, so I spoon out the white marshmallow mixture into an egg shape and the child spoons in the yellow yolk into the center. I use two dessertspoons to shape the egg shape.
We often sprinkle castor sugar or coconut on top.
A variation that is fun, but messier, you can get a spoonful of white (or we often use the colored Jelly crystals for these) and then put a blob of yellow in the middle followed by another spoonful of white. Then you quickly try to shape it in your hands like an egg shape and roll in coconut. Dust your hands with icing sugar or cornflour so the marshmallow doesn't stick. We've also tried dipping them in chocolate. Yum!
Kids love making these Easter Candies, we don't make them at any other time, so it is a special Easter Activity.