Marshmallow Sherbet Cones

I have always been a big fan of sherbet in the many forms it comes in. As a kid, I loved those sherbet cones you bought from the corner store – semi solidified sherbet in a stale cone, with chewy marshmallow on the top, coated in hundreds and thousands. I also loved Wiz Fizz – fruity sherbet in a glassine bag with a little plastic shovel. I’d most often buy these on the way home from the pool, because they were only five cents. Unfortunately, my hands were usually still wet from the pool, turning the bag to a sloppy mess before I could eat its entire contents.

For my 10th birthday my mum decided to include homemade sherbet cones on the menu. Thanks to The Australian Women’s Weekly recipe cards, we had the recipe for sherbet and marshmallow, albeit, on different cards. My clever mum bought flat bottomed square cones, half filled them with sherbet and then topped them with pink or green marshmallow. Of course each had a liberal sprinkling of hundreds and thousands.

In my exploration of old seventies recipes, I’ve revisited sherbet cones to see how they look in the new millennium. Very retro, of course!

1 cup pure icing sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¾ tsp tartaric acid
8 flat bottomed wafer cones

½ cup cold water
2 ½ tblsp gelatine powder (unflavoured)
½ cup water
1 ½ cup caster sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
½ tsp cochineal food colouring

1. Sift the icing sugar through a loose sieve to remove all the lumps. Add the bicarb soda and tartaric acid. Stir to combine.
2. Sift all ingredients together through a triple sieve. If you don’t have one, put it through the other sieve three times. You must do this to achieve the light and airy consistency of sherbet.
3. Spoon two heaped teaspoons of sherbet into each sherbet cone. Make sure you leave about half a centimetre of cone space from the top to allow for the marshmallow.
4. Combine the gelatine and water in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Stir to combine, then allow to stand for around 10 minutes. This is to ensure the gelatine has fully dissolved.
5. Combine the water, sugar and corn syrup in a heavy bottomed pan. I used a frying pan, but a saucepan will do too. Bring to the boil and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Continue boiling until the syrup reaches 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Be very careful – this mixture will cause severe burns if you get it on your skin!
6. Turn the electric mix on low and slowly pour the boiling syrup mixture into the gelatine mixture. Continue mixing on low until all ingredients are combined. Then increase the mixing speed until – on a Kitchenaid this is eighth gear. Also note, I chose the paddle beater for this task. Other recipes will say use a whisk attachment, but this mixture will break your equipment if you do! I’ve also made this on a Sunbeam Mixmaster – it brought the beaters to a standstill and nearly burned out the motor!
7. Continue beating the marshmallow mix until it goes white and triples in size. Depending on your mix, this will take 7-10 minutes. Add the food colouring – adjust amount according to the intensity of colour you want.
8. Fit a star-shaped piping tube into a piping bag. I recommend you use a disposable bag to help with clean up later! Spoon as much marshmallow into the bag as you can – it’s very sticky and stringy so be careful not to get it stuck in your hair!
9. Pip marshmallow around the top of each sherbet cone, covering the sherbet and working in clock-wise circles to build up to a peak. Sprinkle immediately with hundreds and thousands.
10. Allow to stand for about half an hour. The marshmallow will relax a little bit, but it should not drip.
11. For any left over marshmallow, fill a Teflon tray with sifted pure icing sugar. Pipe long strips of marshmallow into the icing sugar, then cover it with more sifted icing sugar. Carefully dust the marshmallow and allow to set for about half an hour. Using a pair of scissors, cut one inch pieces of marshmallow. Store in an airtight container and eat whenever you get the urge!
12. Marshmallow cones should keep in an airtight container for about two weeks.


Anonymous said…
Hi, how many cones does this recipe fill please?
Petrina said…
The number of cones depends on how much sherbet you put in each, the shape of the cone and the size. For a smaller cone you should expect to get a dozen if you pipe the marshmallow as shown. Petrina.
Anonymous said…
I'm making this at the moment. The description of the mix as thick enough to break a beater and stringy sounds way different from my normal recipe. I wonder if I should have used an American tablespoon to measure the gelatine?
Petrina said…
All measurements at Australian/metric.
Elisha Harris said…
What could cause the marshmallow to not whip up enough? I heated the syrup to 245F on the thermometer, used the paddle attachment on level 8 for what felt like forever, but the marshmallow never got thick :-(

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