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Marshmallow Chicks

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Marshmallow Chicks

3 1/2 cups fine white sugar
Food coloring (your choice)
2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
Cold water

Place 2 cups sugar into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Add six drops of food coloring to the jar, close the lid, and shake vigorously for about a minute. Repeat, adding food coloring a drop or two at a time, until the color is to your liking. Cover the surface of a large baking sheet with a layer of colored sugar and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin into 1/3 cup cold water and leave it to sit for about five minutes. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar. Stir together over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Place a candy thermometer into the sugar water and boil until it reaches 238 ° and becomes a thick syrup. Remove the syrup from heat and add it to the softened gelatin. Place bowl under a stand mixer and, using a whisk attachment, beat on medium high for about 10 minutes, until peaks form. Quickly place the mixture into a large pastry bag. Pipe one oval shape, about an inch wide and a little longer, onto the sugared baking sheet. Pull upward at the back end of the oval to create a tail, then add a head by piping on a small mound and pulling downward to make a beak. Sprinkle sugar over the entire surface of the chick. Using a toothpick, dab a small amount of cocoa powder onto the head, where the eyes would be. Repeat until all of the marshmallow is gone. Allow the chicks to set before eating.

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