Servings: Makes 8 bunnies
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon French vanilla extract
1 teaspoon raspberry extract
1/8 teaspoon red food coloring
2 (14-ounce) bags pink candy melts
1/4 cup all-vegetable shortening
2 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
2 (1-ounce) squares white baking chocolate, melted
White nonpareil sprinkles
Lightly spray a 13x9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, place cold water. Sprinkle gelatin over water, and let stand for 5 minutes to soften.
In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 240˚ on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, and add gelatin mixture, whisking to combine; set aside.
In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With mixer running, slowly add gelatin mixture in a steady stream. Add extracts and food coloring; continue beating for 10 minutes.
Pour marshmallow mixture evenly into prepared baking dish. Cover marshmallow with a piece of parchment paper sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Chill for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove parchment paper, and invert marshmallow onto a cutting board. Using a 4-inch bunny cutter, cut bunnies from marshmallow, reserving scraps for Confetti Cereal Bars, if desired. Place bunnies on a parchment-lined pan, and freeze for 30 minutes.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine candy melts and shortening. Melt according to package directions; cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, roll chilled bunnies in melted candy melts. Place on parchment paper to dry. Once dry, decorate bunnies as desired with melted chocolates and white nonpareil sprinkles.
Note: Hop-Along Marshmallow Bunnies can be wrapped tightly and stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow bunnies to come to room temperature before serving. We used Wilton candy melts. They can be purchased in the cake decorating section of craft stores and at wilton.com.
Recipe Courtesy of Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine