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Vegan Unicorn Sweets Tutorial

Vegan Unicorn Sweets Tutorial

I’m really excited to share this with you today, not only are these treats super pretty, but they are also totally vegan, so they are an all inclusive hen party snack!  I’m not currently vegan myself, but my husband is vegetarian and I’d say I’m pescatarian although I only eat fish rarely, and never at home. We are, however, trying to seriously cut back on anything with animal products, so hopefully someday soon we’ll get there!

So onto unicorns, they’ve had a bit of a comeback haven’t they? My love for unicorns has developed over the last year or so, and I’ll let you into a little secret as to why. Some of my friends and I play Dungeons and Dragons together quite regularly (yes, I am a proud geek), and my character has a pet unicorn who I named… wait for it… Flump! So you may now see where I got the inspiration for this post from! In fact, this tutorial started off as a marshmallow recipe, which didn’t really go to plan. The marshmallow wouldn’t set so I decided to bake them like meringue and see what happened! And so a tasty treat was born!

So these are totally animal friendly – edible unicorn horns.  Lets just say that this particular breed of unicorn re-grows their horn right? They kind of taste like a cross between marshmallows and candy floss, sounds pretty good right? Ok, lets get cracking!

I’m not going to lie, this is a bit of a messy one, and it can take a little bit of time, although I think if you get organised it probably doesn’t take much more time than a the non-vegan recipe for marshmallow would do. So make sure you get super organised before you start, I’ve made you this cute step by step diagram to print out and follow, so make sure you download that before you start.It has a couple of unusual ingredients, but I managed to order them off of Amazon easily and fairly cheaply. The rest of the ingredients I already had, so I haven’t included them in my costs.

 

The Stats

  • Time to make : Allow  a good 2 hours for the making. In addition it takes 2.5 hours to bake and 4 hours of setting time.
  • Cooking utensils: 2 pans, 1 pyrex dish, electric whisk, sieve, 3 pint glasses, 2 bowls, 3 piping bags, toothpicks, baking tray, baking paper, spoons, thermometer
  • Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas), 2tsp agar powder, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, 1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup cornstarch, food colouring.
  • Yield: You should be able to make 16 ‘horns’ if you use all of the mixture. I only made half that because I didn’t have enough room on my baking paper for more, so make sure you have enough space!
  • My Costs: agar agar £2.99, xanthan gum – £3.49, Light corn syrup – £6.49
  • Total spend – £12.97  It should be noted that I only used a small proportion of the ingredients I bought. You could probably make 3 or 4 times the amount of marshmallow I made, or use the ingredients for other vegan recipes, hurrah!

For the basic instructions to make the marshmallows I followed this awesome tutorial by party hard potato, who also supplied this recipe sheet. Once that process was complete I separated the marshmallow into 3 bowls and coloured them each yellow, pink and purple. I then put each colour into its own piping bag, snipped off the end and piped a 1cm thick line onto a surface covered heavily in a mix of equal parts cornflour/icing sugar. You should be able to make about 4 lines of each colour.

I left these for about 2 hours to set and then twisted 3 strands together then I left them overnight to set. I cut each twist into 4 pieces, then I popped them in the oven for 2 and a half to 3 hours at a low heat of 100c.

To see the full instructions you can have a look at the video below. And don’t forget to take a look at my step by step diagram here 

If you like this tutorial don’t forget to give me a like! I’m new to Youtube so it would really help me out 🙂

These should last about 2 or 3 days before they start to go a bit soggy. If you wrap them in cellophane then they’ll probably last longer.  If you want to make these for a party as favours then you can download the ‘magical unicorn candy’ labels here. Wouldn’t these just be the best surprise for a vegan, unicorn loving gal? Or any unicorn loving gal for that matter!

Thats all for today, see you next week for another DIY!

The Henthusiast x