Everyone needs to try their hand at Homemade Marshmallows at least once because the end result is just SO MUCH FUN! The amazing thing with this recipe is that once you make them, you will not want to go back to store bought.
I’m not even a marshmallow lover, but I will eat these and once you’ve tried this recipe a few times, and worked out any kinks, you can start experimenting with the flavors. There are so many fun, creative things you can do with the recipe like substituting peppermint for the vanilla or other varying flavors.
I do think homemade chocolate marshmallows would be quite a winner as well. (For that, just use hot cocoa powder mixed with the powdered sugar mixture.)
Also, once they are done, think of the optional toppings and garnishes – hot fudge, caramel ice cream topping, crushed cookies or candies rolled on the chocolate (or how about both?), sugar sprinkles or my friend loves crushed coconut. I know you can think of a host of other varieties, but this should get your creative juices flowing.
They are just so fun and make the perfect party favor.
The first time you try them, don’t be intimidated by all the steps. I know I called this recipe “Simple Homemade Marshmallows,” and the ingredient are that simple, and if you follow these direction, the marshmallows will turn out. They are sticky to make, and sometimes when you add the vanilla, the mixer goes a bit crazy, so be warned, but it’s so worth it.
Are you ready? I know you’ll do great!!
Let me know how your amazed friends react. I can’t wait to hear.
Recipe: Simple Homemade Marshmallows
Summary: Everyone needs to experience making homemade marshmallows at least once. They are that fun to make.
- 3 packets of unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. salt
- The seeds of one vanilla beans, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, OR 1 tbsp. vanilla paste
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- nonstick spray
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup cold water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
- Put the lid on, turn the heat to medium-high, and allow it to bubble for four minutes.
- Take off the lid, place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan, and cook another 7-8 minutes until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F.
- Using a whisk attachment, whisk the sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture on low speed.
- Add the sugar mixture slowly.
- Once it’s combined, add the vanilla. Turn the mixer to high, and beat 15 minutes or until the mixture is white, shiny, and gooey (it may be less depending on mixer).
- Combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
- Line a 13×9 pan with foil or parchment paper, and lightly spray it with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle a bit of the cornstarch mixture into the bottom of the pan and along the sides.
- Pour the whisked mixture into the pan. Top with more of the cornstarch mixture. Allow it to sit uncovered for several hours or overnight.
- Turn the marshmallow square on to a board sprinkled with the cornstarch mixture. Cut the marshmallows into the desired size, coating all sides with the cornstarch mixture.
- Store in an airtight container.
Number of servings (yield): 12
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