Step 1: Ingredients!
1 lb (16oz) of Mini Marshmallows
2lb bag Confectioners Sugar (Sifted, to prevent lumps)
4 tablespoons of water
3/4 cup of Vegetable Shortening
Food coloring and/or flavoring (optional)*
*I personally prefer to paint the fondant with food coloring, rather than mix it in.
Step 2: Melt 'em
If you are using food coloring or flavoring add them to the melted marshmallows for easy mixing. You can knead in coloring later but it makes an awful mess.
Step 3: Mix 'em
Once the Marshmallows are melted, sift and mix in 3/4 of your powdered sugar. Mix together with a fork and once the mixture gets stiff coat your hands liberally with vegetable shortening (if it looks like too much you have just enough) and knead the mix like bread dough. As the mix gets sticky, reapply your shortening.
*Be careful, the marshmallow will be hot and if it sticks to your hands it will burn the expletive out of you*
After you have worked all the powdered sugar into your fondant grease up your counter with some vegetable shortening and knead in the remaining 1/4 powdered sugar. Work quickly, it is easiest to knead/mix while the fondant is still warm.
Step 4: Fondant
If you are going to store your fondant before use grease it up to prevent sticking or drying out. This fondant will keep for a couple weeks properly refrigerated.
Also, be sure to bring the fondant to room temperature before rolling or molding. (I always nuke it for 15 seconds to make rolling easier)
Step 5: Get Creative