Marshmallow Fairy Wands – a fun cooking in the kitchen activity for the kids this summer.
Hello there! It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog. I am so super excited to be a part of The Crafting Chicks’ Summer Series! I love seeing all the fun crafts, activities and recipes for the kids to do. Today I am combining both an activity and recipe in one. These Marshmallow Fairy Wands are a fun way to get the kids in the kitchen by making an adorable edible craft.
My daughter just turned four and she is definitely into princess and fairies. She just loves dressing up and playing pretend. Her and I had such a fun time making and eating these marshmallow fairy wands. I mean, what is better than a marshmallow covered in sprinkles on a stick?!
First, I started by making a homemade marshmallow recipe that does not require a candy thermometer.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 3 (1/4 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup + ¼ cup cold water, divided
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Confectioner's sugar, sifted, for coating
- Lightly spray a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Line prepared dish with plastic wrap, leaving a 2 inch overhang on all sides and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand for 10 minutes. In the meantime, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Turn the mixer on high and slowly pour the syrup mixture into the mixing bowl with the gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing on high for 12 minutes.
- Add vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the marshmallow mixture with the prepared spatula into the dish and spread evenly. Coat the top of the marshmallow mixture with sprinkles and gently press the sprinkles into the mixture. Let stand for 2 hours.
- After the marshmallow mixture has set, coat a working surface with confectioner's sugar. Carefully remove the marshmallow mixture onto prepared work space, sprinkled side up. Cut marshmallow into stars using a cooking cutter coated with cooking spray. Insert a paper straw into each star.
After I made the marshmallow mixture and let it cool, it was time for the fun part for my daughter. She cut out star shapes using a cookie cutter sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and inserted a paper straw in each star. These marshmallow are super thick and extra fluffy.
My daughter pretended with the marshmallow fairy wands while also taking nibbles here and there. Her and I had so much fun making and playing with these wands. We will definitely be making some more wands in the future. I hope you and your kiddos have a good summer and can take a try at making some marshmallow fairy wands!
This post is part of a 5 post series in our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide. Be sure to check out the other activities, books, recipes and crafts as part of In the Kitchen Week.