Give marshmallow flowers instead of regular flowers for a cute (and edible) surprise!
2 1/2 teaspoon powdered gelatin
1/3 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 vanilla bean pod (seeds only)
Pink & yellow food coloring
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
Pour 1/3 cup of cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the powdered gelatin on top. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Place the sugar and 1/4 cup cold water in a small pot and set to medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has melted.
Attach a candy thermometer to the pot and boil the sugar until it reaches 238F. Brush the sides of the pot with a wet pastry brush if sugar crystals stick to the sides.
Add the hot sugar to the gelatin and stir the mixture by hand whisking for a few minutes to slightly cool. Then beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 8-10 minutes, until soft peaks form. Then add the vanilla bean seeds and mix well.
Place a small amount of marshmallow mixture in a bowl and dye it yellow. Dye the remaining marshmallow pink. Place both marshmallow mixtures in piping bags fitted with round tips.
Generously spray a flower-shaped mold with cooking spray. Pipe yellow into the center of the flowers. Pipe pink around the yellow to make the petals. Set the marshmallows aside for 2-3 hours, until firm.
Combine the confectioner's sugar and corn starch in a small bowl. Gently unmold the marshmallows and dust in the sugar and corn starch mixture. Bounce the marshmallows in a mesh sieve to remove any extra powder.
Stick the marshmallows onto lollipop sticks and arrange them in a vase or cute mug filled with hard candy.