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3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream, warmed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, for dusting
1 cup cold water
3 (1/4-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Combine 3/4 cup sugar and butter in heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 10-12 minutes or until mixture is light golden brown. Remove from heat; slowly stir in warm cream. Return to stovetop; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 45-50 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 230°F. Remove from heat; stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Meanwhile, line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges; spray with no-stick cooking spray. Generously coat bottom and sides with powdered sugar; set aside.
Pour 1/2 cup cold water into bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment. Sprinkle gelatin over; add 1 teaspoon vanilla and salt. (Do not stir.) Set aside.
Cook 2 cups sugar, corn syrup and remaining 1/2 cup cold water in 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil; boil 10-15 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 240°F. Do not stir while boiling.
Once sugar mixture reaches 240°F, start mixer on low speed. Carefully pour sugar mixture over gelatin in bowl; increase speed to high. Beat on high speed 8-10 minutes or until volume doubles and stiff peaks form.
Tip: Sugar Syrup into Mixer
Gently fold half of caramel into marshmallow mixture until swirled (do not overmix). Spread into prepared pan; drizzle remaining caramel on top, using knife to create swirls. Sprinkle top with additional powdered sugar. Cool completely.
Tip: Swirling Caramel
Remove marshmallows from pan using foil overhang. Cut into 48 marshmallows using sharp knife dusted with powdered sugar.
Tip: Cutting Marshmallows
After cutting, toss marshmallows with additional powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking together.
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