Well as THE holiday approaches the invites become more frequent. For those of you who, like me, have so many things still to do and events to brings goodies for what can you bring that is easy to make. Why not hot melted chocolate and homemade marshmallows? That is what I am bringing to the neighbourhood-get-together this weekend. Perfect for after dinner too. You can add these sweets to coffee as well for those who are watching their weight. I know they are marshmallows after all, but one is okay.
I found this a while ago at Baking Bites after watching a You Tube video on making them. There is a recipe in the video but I wanted to just have a printable one and I came up with this winner.
HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS

3 envelopes of Knox Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
 2 cups sugar
 2/3 cups light corn syrup
 1/4 cup water
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or crushed vanilla bean
Line 9 x 9-inch pan with plastic wrap and lightly oil it. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and boil hard for 1 minute.
Pour the boiling syrup into soaked gelatin and turn on the mixer, using the whisk attachment, to high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, add in the vanilla extract beat to incorporate.
Scrape marshmallow into the prepared pan and spread evenly (Lightly greasing your hands and the spatula helps a lot here). Take another piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap and press lightly on top of the marshmallow, creating a seal. Let mixture sit for a few hours, or overnight, until cooled and firmly set.
In a shallow dish, combine equal parts cornstarch and confectioners’ sugar. Remove marshmallow from pan and cut into equal pieces with scissors (the best tool for the job) or a chef’s knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners’ sugar mixture.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes 36 big marshmallows. Enjoy!
Here is the inspirational video link.       It has an ‘Amelie’ feel to it, so naturally I just had to try it.
HOT MELTED CHOCOLATE

1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch salt
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Combine the milk, cream, cinnamon and salt in a medium saucepan. Warm the mixture, whisking constantly, until it just barely comes to a simmer. Add both chocolates and some sugar to taste. Whisk until completely melted and smooth.
**Alternately you can replace 1/2 cup of the heavy cream with a ripe banana or how about 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Really just play around with it and bon appetit.