½ cup cold water
¾ cup confectioners' sugar
½ cup cornstarch or potato starch
Classic Coating: Sift the ingredients together in a large bowl or combine them in a food processor. I tend to make several cups’ worth at a time and store it in an airtight container; it keeps forever.
Lightly coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Whisk together the gelatin and cold water in a small bowl. Let it soften for 5 minutes.
Stir together the sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until it hits 240°F. Be prepared to lower the heat as needed--this syrup likes to bubble up. Microwave the gelatin on high until completely melted, about 30 seconds. Pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set the mixer to low and keep it running.
When the syrup reaches 240°F, slowly pour it into the mixer bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. Increase to medium-high and beat for 3 more minutes. Add the cinnamon, increase to the highest speed, and beat for 1 minute more. Quickly fold in the bacon bits. Pour the marshmallow into the prepared pan. Sift coating over top. Let it set for 6 hours in a cool, dry place. Use a knife to loosen the marshmallow from the edges of the pan. Invert the slab onto a work surface. Cut it into pieces and dust them with more coating.
Tips: The key to getting real maple flavor is using a dark amber Grade A or Grade B syrup, which are bolder than lighter Grade A varieties.
To make candied bacon, lay 6 or 7 bacon slices on a wire rack set over a sheet pan lined with foil. Combine ¼ cup light brown sugar with 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Rub over both sides of bacon. Bake at 350°F until deeply caramelized, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool before chopping into bits.
Recipe courtesy of Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes by Shauna Sever/Quirk Books, 2012.
½ cup Grade A dark or Grade B maple syrup
¼ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup water
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (about 1 1/2 ounce) finely chopped candied bacon
½ cup Classic Coating, plus more for dusting