Hot Chocolate Mix
and Dehydrated Mini Marshmallows
Dehydrated marshmallows are a great way to store a large amount of marshmallows, especially when fresh marshmallows may go stale before being eaten. Dried marshmallows are crunchy and can be eaten dried as a snack, rehydrated in a mug of hot chocolate, or added to baked goods. Dehydrated marshmallows make wonderful gifts during the holiday season!
Marshmallows (store bought, not homemade*)
1. Ensure dehydrator trays are clean and dry.
Dehydrated Marshmallows
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2. Prepare marshmallows: marshmallows do not shrink much (if at all) during the dehydrating process, so cut them according to the size you would like for snacks/baking. Mini marshmallows can be dehydrated whole (or halved), regular marshmallows are best cut into 2-4 pieces and jumbo marshmallows are best cut into 6-8 pieces. Use clean, sterilised kitchen scissors to cut the marshmallows easily. Ensure the cut marshmallows are not too tall, otherwise they will stick to the tray above.
3. Spread marshmallows over the dehydrator trays so they do not touch the sides of the dehydrator trays (and do not touch one another).
3. Dehydrate at around 50°C (125°F) for 12-18 hours or until the dehydrated marshmallows are very crunchy (test once cooled to ensure the middle is not chewy). Fully dried marshmallows will flake and crumble if cut. Larger marshmallows will take longer to dry. The crunchier the dehydrated marshmallows are, the longer they will keep.
4. Cool marshmallows completely.
5. Store dehydrated marshmallows in an airtight container (vacuum sealed is best) at room temperature. If any moisture is present inside the container within 24 hours, return marshmallows to the dehydrator and continue drying for a few more hours.
6. Consume dehydrated marshmallows within 12 months.
* Homemade marshmallows may work if they contain gelatin, however sometimes they don't (i.e. melt into a puddle onto the trays instead of drying into crunchy, bite-sized pieces). We recommend looking for store-bought, good quality marshmallows on sale and drying for gifts and snacks all year long!
Author: Megan Radaich          Image credit: Megan Radaich          
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