Sugar-Free Tangerine Marshmallows: Test 1

These marshmallows won’t spike your insulin but still taste great thanks to allulose! You can’t even tell the difference between these and their sugary counterpart.
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 day
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Yield: 1 9” x 13” pan

Equipment

  • Standing mixer
  • 9“ x 13” pan
  • Small sauce pan
  • Candy thermometer

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups allulose
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp LorAnn Oils tangerine oil flavor
  • 2 drops orange gel food coloring

Instructions

  • 1/2 cup water and the gelatin were added to the standing mixer bowl and mixed briefly using the whisk attachment.
  • In a sauce pan fitted with a candy thermometer, the remaining 3/4 cups of water, 2 1/2 cups of allulose, and salt were mixed and set on medium high heat.
  • The sugar mixture was heated until it reached 230° F which is not quite but almost a soft ball stage for allulose. Heating it more would have been better but unlike regular sugar, allulose begins to burn at a lower temperature.
  • While waiting for the sugar to get to temperature, I prepared the pan by generously coating it in coconut oil.
  • Once the sugar reached the temperature, the mixer was started on a medium low speed, and it was poured carefully against the side of the bowl into the mixer. The goal here is to avoid hitting the spinning whisk which will scatter the sugar mixture against the sides of the bowl.
  • The mixer speed was then increased to medium high and whipped until the mixture was airy and pale. The tangerine flavoring and a few drops of orange gel food coloring were added and the mixture continued to whip until lukewarm to the touch.
    Be careful with flavoring, this particular bran I used required just a few drops to impart enough flavor and more was overwhelming.
  • When thick and cool enough, the mixture was poured out into the prepared pan and left uncovered overnight.
  • Using additional coconut oil and an oiled knife, the marshmallows were cut to the desired size and very lightly coated in corn starch. This is optional but does help a good bit with keeping the marshmallows separated.

Results

These marshmallows came out incredible. Almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Allulose is always my choice for a non-sucrose (table sugar) sweetener because it has nearly no off flavors and is not poisonous to animals, unlike xylitol. The texture of these marshmallows is also very light, bouncy, and jiggly. Even these videos can’t really portray how nice these came out but I hope it helps at least.
 

References

Parent Notebook

Marshmallows

Marshmallows

Introduction

Marshmallows should be like biting into a sweet cloud. Like condensed cotton candy with a spring to it – gentle and delicate. This is what these recipes strive to achieve regardless of flavor.

Experimental Findings

What is the difference between the gelatin only marshmallows and those with egg whites?

I wanted to do a comparison between the marshmallows I always make which rely on the sugar and gelatin being whipped versus those that also have egg whites making up the base. I prefer the texture of the gelatin/sugar ones over those with egg whites. The egg whites lend a spongy texture where you can actually feel the small bubbles bursting under pressure. The one without the egg whites has a more bouncy texture which I feel is more familiar to most people and is what I normally would look for in a marshmallow. This is not to say that the addition of the egg white is bad, I just don’t think it’s good for a simple marshmallow.

On the other hand the egg white marshmallows are easier to handle and you don’t have to time it as precisely. It also produces more end product.

Tests

Vanilla Marshmallows: Test 1 – The classic
Sugar-Free Tangerine Marshmallows: Test 1 – They don’t suck!
Meringue Based Mocha Marshmallows: Test 1 – The classic alternative


Vanilla Marshmallows: Test 1

These classical vanilla marshmallows will blow away the store bought version. Light, airy, delicate, and richly vanilla flavored.
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time1 day
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Yield: 1 9″ x 13″ pan

Equipment

  • 9″ x 13″ pan or quarter sheet pan
  • Standing mixer
  • Medium Pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • PAM baking spray

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 3 packets Knox unflavored gelatin
  • cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsps vanilla paste
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Before starting, it’s best to prepare the container where the marshmallow will set. I used a quarter sheet pan, sprayed with baking spray and dusted with a mixture of 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup corn starch. You want to dust the pan generously with no bald patches or even thin patches. Marshmallow is very very sticky.
  • The gelatin and 1/2 cup of water were added to the standing mixer bowl, mixed, and allowed to bloom.
  • In the meantime, the corn syrup, sugar, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup of water were added to a medium pot set with a candy thermometer over medium high heat.
  • You do not have to mix the sugars but you can before heating. I found that regardless, as the mixture heats, it all mixes together. The sugar mixture was brought to 240°F.
  • As my mixture got close to the desired temperature I got the mixer running with a whisk attachment on medium low speed. On my mixer this was roughly speed 3-6 out of 12. Once the temperature is achieved, the sugar was carefully poured down the side of the mixer bowl. Be careful not to have the sugar mixture hit the whisk as it’s spinning by because this will throw it around the bowl instead of getting it into the he gelatin. This is also why I prefer to keep the speed relatively low while I’m pouring the hot sugar in.
  • Once all the sugar mixture was added, I Increased the speed to medium high, which on my mixer is somewhere in the 8-10 range. Then, I left it to whip for a while.
  • At this point it was good to add my flavoring. For this recipe I used vanilla but other flavored extracts can be added at this point or gel food coloring if desired.
  • I let the marshmallow continue to whip until the bowl was only lukewarm. I don’t like to let it cool further because it makes it hard to handle the marshmallow once it starts to set or when it’s whipped too much. This is one of those situations where a little experience helps. You want the marshmallow thick with enough air whipped in but not so thick that it’s hard to spread or it starts to set on you.
  • When the marshmallow was cool enough to handle and whipped enough to my liking, it was scraped out into he prepared quarter sheet and left uncovered for at least a few hours, though better if overnight.
  • Finally, the marshmallow was cut using a pizza cutter because it’s easier than using a knife, and generously dusted with more of the corn starch and powdered sugar mixture.

Results

This yielded a very light and delicate marshmallow. I make these every year for the holidays and enjoy it immensely as do all of my relatives and friends. If, for some reason, you’re looking for that store bought texture, feel free to let these treats go stale and you will have a very similar product. (That was definitely a back handed insult to store bough marshmallows)

Refrences

Parent Notebook

Marshmallows