The tops of these will get a little crunchy after the first day, but they still taste good.
I make these for Christmas. We use in hot chocolate (though they melt quickly), and I put them in a little baggy in their stockings and tell them it's snowman poop. :) They think it's funny.
You could also make them for Easter as "Peeps" by coating with some India Tree sugar crystals from Whole Foods but we haven't tried that yet.
Our next experiment will be adding 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract to make them peppermint flavored. You would still add 2 teaspoons of vanilla, just also add another 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract. These would be good in hot chocolate. You could also drizzle some chocolate on top of them or cover them in chocolate and then top with some crushed up candy canes. I get them at Whole Foods around Christmas time (TruJoy brand).
We've also added 1/3 cup of strawberry puree to the gelatin and water mixture. (To make strawberry puree, I put about 1 cup of fresh strawberries into my food processor and chopped them up, along with about a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Puree until smooth.)
We've also added about 1/4 cup of cherry juice from a jar of marachino cherries (Tillen Farms from Whole Foods) to the gelatin/water mixture, then also added a few cherries chopped up into the marshmallow mix right before pouring into the pan. These are really good if you cover in chocolate too!
The possibilities are endless! :)
For chocolate covered marshmallows, melt one cup of chocolate chips (Enjoy Life for dairy free or Ghiradelli) with 1 TB of shortening (Spectrum or I use Tropical Traditions Palm Oil Shortening - order online from them). Allow chocolate to cool slightly, then dip and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Place in the fridge to set. Store in fridge. They melt at room temperature. You don't need to dip your marshmallows in powdered sugar if you will be dipping them in chocolate.
I got some googly eyes from the craft section at Wal-Mart and then we used Surf Sweet jelly beans to decorate for Easter. My kids will each get a chocolate covered marshmallow bunny for Easter this year.
If you are stage one, you could make some vanilla frosting, then use a thin frosting tip to draw on a nose, mouth, ears, etc. You could also use some pink India Tree sugar crystals on top of the frosting to make it pink.
Feingold Stage 1 (the jelly beans would make it stage two)