What better way to celebrate Easter than with some homemade magic? Forget shop-bought treats – this year, let’s whip up a batch of adorable and delicious marshmallow bunnies! It’s the perfect family activity, bringing sweet smiles and sticky fingers galore.

Gather your ingredients:

  • ½ cup (120 mls) cold water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons powdered gelatin
  • ¾ cup (180 mls) hot water
  • 1 ½ cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Food coloring of your choice (pink for noses and optional for ears)
  • Bunny molds (silicone molds work best)
  • Piping bag (optional)
  • Desiccated coconut or powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Now, let’s hop to it!

  1. Bloom the gelatin: In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, until it becomes spongy.
  2. Melt the magic: In a saucepan, heat the hot water and sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches 240°F (115°C). Use a candy thermometer for ultimate accuracy!
  3. Whipped to perfection: Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and immediately add the bloomed gelatin. Using an electric mixer, whip the mixture on high speed for 10-15 minutes, until it’s thick, white, and holds its shape.
  4. Vanilla twist: Add the vanilla extract and any desired food coloring for the bunny bodies. If you’re using a piping bag, transfer the mixture to it now.
  5. Mold the cuteness: Lightly oil your bunny molds. Pipe or spoon the marshmallow mixture into the molds, ensuring all cavities are filled. Tap the molds gently to remove any air bubbles.
  6. Chill and reveal: Refrigerate the molds for at least 2 hours, or until the marshmallows are completely set.
  7. Bunny makeover (optional): For pink noses, mix a tiny amount of red food coloring with some leftover marshmallow mixture. Pipe or dab these onto your bunny faces. You can also dust them with desiccated coconut or powdered sugar for an extra fluffy touch.
  8. Egg-cellent reveal! Pop-out your adorable marshmallow bunnies from the molds and marvel at your creation!

Tips for success:

  • Don’t overcook the sugar mixture – it could become brittle.
  • Work quickly with the marshmallow mixture as it sets quickly.
  • If your molds are small, use a teaspoon to fill them instead of a piping bag.
  • Get creative! Add edible eyes, sprinkle decorations, or even dip your bunnies in melted chocolate for extra Easter cheer.

Happy Easter baking from Ace Academy Early Learning!

P.S. Don’t forget to share your bunny creations with us! Tag us on social media and show off your marshmallow magic!