Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fabulous Favors: S'more Bar!

While setting up the candy buffet last weekend, a light bulb went off...
While I was putting out the Hershey's Bars, I started thinking about how adorable a S'more Bar would be for a winter wedding. Food favors are always best when they're homemade, and as fate would have it, I happened upon this delicious homemade marshmallow recipe from My DIY Wedding Day yesterday:
1/2 cup cold water
Electric mixer
3 envelopes of Knox gelatin, unflavored
9 x9 in. pan
Plastic wrap
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Confectioner’s sugar

Step 1: Put 1/2 cup of cold water in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, slowly pour in all three packs of gelatin. Set the bowl aside.
Step 2: Line a 9 x 9-inch pan with plastic wrap and lightly oil it. Set aside.
Step 3: Combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a quick boil, then llet boil for about a minute only. (You don't want to burn the sugar!)
Step 4: Pour the boiling syrup into the soaked gelatin and turn the mixer on high speed. (Add flavoring and colorants at about 12 minutes.) Add the salt and beat for 15 minutes.
Step 5: You’re halfway there! Oil your spatula, then scrape marshmallow into the pan you prepared and spread it evenly.
Step 6: Let the mixture sit for a few hours to set.
Step 7: Sift equal parts cornstarch and confectioners' sugar. Coat the top of the marshmallow loaf with the mixture, then tilt to remove any excess. Remove the marshmallow from the pan, flip it, and then use the mixture on this side too.
Step 8: Use scissors to cut into equal parts then dredge marshmallows in sugar.
detail of Black/Walburn candy bar

In my vision for this awesome favor, it would be set up in apothecary jars and bowls like a candy buffet, with Hershey's Bars, Graham Crackers, and these homemade Marshmallows. Guests take home a bag that they fill with each of the ingredients.

Take it to the next level: If your venue has a fire pit or will allow you to bring one in, set up a bonfire outdoors for your guests to roast the marshmallows and enjoy the treat on site!
*If you're not a Do-It-Yourself kind of bride, you can buy homemade marshmallows (they even have a chocolate version!) at Whimsy & Spice.

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