As most of you know, I’m dehydrating food as my independent project, and I’d say it’s been going pretty well! This week I experimented with marshmallows. Why? I saw that I could, so I tried it for fun! I had this vision in my head that my fresh, Kraft Jet Puffed marshmallows would turn out like those tiny marshmallows I find in store-bought instant cocoa. Well, that’s not exactly what happened…
I started with a fresh bag of mini-marshmallows…mmmm, yummy.
I had to use a mat on the tray so the marshmallows wouldn’t slip through, then I slid the tray in and started the machine. I thought I should check the marshmallows after a couple hours. To my surprise, the marshmallows were plump, and larger than when I put them in – then it hit me…duh. The dehydrating temperature was too hot, and I was basically cooking the marshmallows! They were very soft and gooey. Hmmmm…this wasn’t working out like I thought it would.
Maybe, if I turn down the temperature, and continue awhile longer, they’ll dry, and possibly shrink. Back in they went for a few more hours…and then I checked again.
The marshmallows did not shrink, but they were dry. They had the consistency of dinner mints (like you serve with nuts at a reception). They still tasted great, but didn’t look anything like the tiny marshmallows I was expecting!
Oh well, I can still use the marshmallows in my cocoa, and I won’t have to worry about them drying out at all! I popped them into a freezer ziploc, and they’re going in the camper!
Does anyone have a good homemade cocoa recipe?