Vegans don’t have to miss out on the classic Easter festivities! Ditch the egg decorating but not the decorating fun with this two-ingredient Easter project. Vegan marshmallows provide the perfect canvas on which to swirl, dunk, and dye.
By using vegan marshmallows, you’re not just avoiding eggs, but also the gelatin found in conventional marshmallows. Gelatin is produced from animal collagen found in bones, hooves, snouts, and other undesirable animal parts leftover after slaughtering. Once you’ve read the full story on how gelatin is made, you’ll probably want to skip the Jell-O and all other gelatin-made products such as marshmallows.
Buying the Ingredients
Luckily, there are a couple of gelatin-free options for marshmallows. Dandies air-puffed vegan marshmallows hold up great and look gorgeous once dyed. Another option is Sweet & Sara which also makes vegan marshmallows, although they are square rather than round. Both options can be found at Whole Foods and online.
Plant-based food coloring gives these vegan marshmallows their pretty hues. By using plant-based coloring, you’re avoiding the artificial coloring and parabens in conventional food coloring. When shopping for plant-based coloring, try your local natural food store such as Whole Foods or try an online retailer.
India Tree’s natural coloring will produce vivid colors and is made from vegetables including beets and cabbage. Color Garden also makes plant-based food dyes in a wide variety of colors made from natural sources such as turmeric. Both of the aforementioned dyes will allow you to color your marshmallows to be just as festive and vibrant as traditional easter eggs.
How To Dye Vegan Marshmallows
- Dandies vegan marshmallows
- Plant-based food coloring
- Optional: Skewers, gloves, cotton swabs
- Mix 3-4 drops of food coloring with ¼ cup water in a bowl or cup. Mix with a spoon. Add more dye or water until desired color is achieved.
- Dunk a marshmallow into the colored water either using your gloved hands or skewers. You can do this bare-handed but you might have a bit of staining for a few days. Leave marshmallow in for no more than 5 minutes otherwise, it will start to disintegrate.
- For tie-dye marshmallows, dip a cotton swab in the colored water. Dab it onto a skewered marshmallow, leaving space in between each dot. Dip the other end of the swab into a different color and dab blank areas. The colors will start to bleed on the marshmallow and form a tie-dye effect.
- Dry marshmallows on a cooling rack for 4-5 hours, until they are no longer sticky.
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