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Home-made Patriotic Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows

For those who are chocolate lovers, you couldn’t go wrong with these easy tips to make patriotic chocolate-covered marshmallows. For the holiday theme it’s decorated  in red, white, and blue, and arranged them in a flag-y kind of way.

Here’s The Tips:

Ingredients:

♦ Cooking spray
♦ 3 packages unflavored gelatin (vegetarian substitutions)
♦ 2 cups granulated sugar
♦ 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
♦ A candy thermometer
♦ 1 cup powdered sugar
♦ 2 cups chocolate chips
Red, white, and blue toppers of your choice—strawberries (sliced), raspberries (halved), blueberries (halved), shaved white chocolate (I just used a bar of chocolate and a potato peeler), dried pineapple, coconut flakes, gummy candies (sliced), crushed rock candy, etc.

Procedures:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 of a cup of cold water with the packets of gelatin and allow to sit until gelatin forms, about 15 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the sugar and a 1/2 of a cup of cold water and stir until sugar has dissolved—about 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Keep the mixture at a boil until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

3. Slowly pour sugar mixture into the bowl with the gelatin, simultaneously using a mixer on low. Gradually increase speed to high and continue whipping until the mix is very thick, about 10 to 15 minutes—imagine the consistency of pourable taffy. NOTE: A stand-up mixer is ideal for this type of recipe, but rest assured, you can do this with an electric hand mixer. I did it—it just requires a little coordination and comfortable shoes.

4. Add vanilla to marshmallow mixture, then whip for another 30 seconds or so until it’s completely mixed in.

5. Line the inside of a 9×13-inch cake pan with tin foil, then coat with cooking spray.

6. Pour the mixture into the cake pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula. (Spray spatula with cooking spray as needed to keep it from sticking.) Let the marshmallow sit for about 6 hours, uncovered, until completely set.

7. Cover a surface larger than the marshmallow slab with powdered sugar and flip the cake pan over so that marshmallow lands on the dusted surface. You have to do it quickly, and it’s going to kick up some “dust,” so just prepare yourself. (It’s all part of the fun, right?)

8. Cut marshmallow in whatever shapes you’d like. (It helps to continually coat the knife or cookie cutters with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking.)

9. Dust all sides of marshmallow pieces with powdered sugar.

10. Prepare toppers if needed (e.g. slice blueberries in half, dice dried pineapple, etc.).

11. Prepare a cake pan or plate covered with parchment paper to set chocolate-dipped marshmallows on.

12. Over high heat, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and place a bowl in the saucepan. Be sure the water doesn’t get displaced enough to spill over into the bowl.

13. Pour in chocolate chips.

14. Stir until completely melted.

15. Dip marshmallow into chocolate to cover about a 1/2 inch of marshmallow, then place chocolate side up on plate or cookie sheet.

16. Place toppers on each marshmallow.

17. Once all marshmallows are finished, refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes until chocolate has hardened. Store covered in a cool spot until serving. (If you are topping these with fruit and you’re not serving them right away, store in the refrigerator—I actually prefer them refrigerated because it keeps the chocolate hard.)

Right now, you can prepare this at any styles or arrangement you want that your kids must love. Be creative.

This chocolate covered marshmallows are a fun treat to serve for any patriotic holiday. It’s easy and fun to prepare! So enjoy and have a happy holiday.

Did you know?

Marshmallow is probably the first came into being as a medicinal substance since the mucilaginous extracts come from the root of the marshmallow plant? Althaea Officinalis, which was used as a remedy for sore throats. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical purposes as well. The root has been used since Egyptian antiquity in a honey-sweetened confection useful in the treatment of a sore throat. The later French version of the recipe, called pâte de GUI mauve (or “guimauve” for short), included an egg white meringue and was often flavored with rose water.

You Might be Wondering:

What Is Marshmallow?

A marshmallow is a sugar-based confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, a water and gelatin whipped to a spongy consistency, molded into small cylindrical pieces, and coated with corn starch. Some marshmallow recipes call for eggs. This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea Officinalis, the marshmallow plant.

Sources:
pineandcravebymackenzie.com:/ Patriotic Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows
en.wikipedia.org/: Marshmallow

 

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Don’t Forget The Peacemakers On This Patriotic Holiday

On Memorial Day, as we pause in remembrance of those who have died in service in the U.S. military, I hope we also remember as well the diplomats and the mediators, those working in conflict resolution, the activists dedicated to preventing wars and to bringing existing wars to diplomatic resolution once they have begun, and the individuals of conscience who refuse to give over their minds, their souls, and their bodies to armed conflict.

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Photo credit From: history.com/: MEMORIAL DAY

Let’s remember the practitioners of nonviolent resistance in the face of tyranny and oppression, the anti-war activists who strive to educate their peers, their citizenry, and, yes, their government to the perils of unjustified and unjust armed conflict and incursions into lands not their own in advance of appropriate attempts at diplomatic means of resolving conflict.

Individuals and groups who stand up and put their lives on the line to defend their country from very real threats to our national security, as do those in our nation’s military, are true patriots. But true patriots are also those who speak out, stand up, and challenge our governmental leaders, those who put their lives on the line by actively advocating for justice, freedom, and liberty through peaceful means.

Looking over the history of humanity, it is apparent that tyranny, at times, could only be countered through the raising of arms. On numerous occasions, however, diplomacy has been successful, and at other times, it should have been used more extensively before rushing to war.

I find it unacceptable when one’s patriotism and one’s love of country is called into question when one advocates for peaceful means of conflict resolution, for it is also an act of patriotism to work to keep our brave and courageous troops out of harm’s way, and to work to create conditions and understanding that ultimately make war less likely.

On Memorial Day, let us expand our definition of “patriot” while we remember and honor all of those serving our country.

You Might Be Wondering:

What Is Memorial Day?
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Photo credit from:history.com/:MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day Celebrated on the last Monday of May, May 30 (traditional).  It is a sacred day to all war veterans. It commemorates men and women who have died serving the United States. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens be reminded of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime. By honoring the nation’s war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice. All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

SOURCES:
lgbtqnation.com/: Don’t forget the peacemakers on this patriotic holiday
vfw.org/: PATRIOTIC DAYS