Snowy white or colored marshmallows - it's your choice!
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatine
1/2 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix granulated sugar with the 3/4 cup water. Simmer to soft-ball stage. Remove from heat.
Soften gelatine in the 1/2 cup cold water. Place on a large platter. Pour hot syrup over softened gelatine. Stir until dissolved. Let stand until partially cooled.
Whip until thick and white, and mixture will nearly hold its shape. If you are using food coloring, add at this point. Add vanilla extract and salt. Pour into straight-sided pans lined with equal parts of cornstarch and confectioners' sugar, mixed together. Let stand in cool place until firm (not in refrigerator).
Cut into squares with scissors and dust with confectioners' sugar.
Mint marshmallows: Whip in 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract.
Rainbow marshmallows: Dye them any color you want with food coloring. I prefer paste food colors as they are more intense. Add a few drops or dabs until you achieve the color intensity desired.