Thursday, December 6, 2012

Homemade Marshmallows

You might be asking "why make my own marshmallows when I can buy a giant bag at the store for less than $5?"
Homemade marshmallows are to store bought marshmallows,
what pizzeria wood fired oven pizza is to a pizza pocket.
Or your mother's famous meatloaf is to a lean cuisine.
Yes a store bought marshmallow will do the trick, but it's not nearly as good. Homemade marshmallows are a dessert all to themselves.
They are amazing . . . simply calling them marshmallows doesn't do them justice. They are tiny clouds of sugary goodness. ;) hehe
They were insanely easy to make (albeit a little bit sticky), and very very good. Definitely worth the effort!
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (Light)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting after. 
  • another 1/2 cup water.
1) Pour half a cup of cold water into your mixer bowl (it is best to use a kitchenaid mixer or other stand mixer because there is a lot of mixing about to happen).
2) Add 3 packages of unflavored gelatin to the water, let sit.
3) While the gelatin in sitting, add the corn syrup, 1/2 cup water and sugar to a small pot and heat until granulated sugar dissolves.
4) Once sugar is dissolved, raise heat until it reaches around 250 degrees (or just under) it's suggested that you use a candy thermometer to do this. I don't own a candy thermometer (I know, the nerve), so I just used a meat thermometer and watched it go close to the 250 mark.
5) Turn the mixer on, and slowly mix in the syrup we just made in the pot.
6) Once it's all in the mixer, turn on high and beat for 10-15 minutes! Add Vanilla.
7) Dust an 8" x 8" pan with confectioners sugar, and pour out marshmallow mixture.
8) Let cool on the counter for a few hours, or overnight.
9) Loosen edges and pull out of the pan. This was the hardest/stickiest part. You'll have to figure out your own way of doing this, it's a bit difficult and a bit messy but nothing too crazy.
10) Cut into large squares, and dust each with confectioners sugar so they don't stick together.
Done! Fairly easy and oh so worth it. Just imagine a cup of hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow on top!

16 comments:

  1. That flower fabric in the back ground is super cute, where did you get it? I love homemade marshmallows as well!! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks,
      It's not a fabric, it's a piece of scrapbook paper I had lying around.
      Sorry,
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  2. Pinned! Will definitely give this a go - never have made homemade - sounds fab.

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  3. This made my mouth water! I'm definitely mentioning it to the wife.

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  4. Those look so good!! I've been wanting to try making my own for a while - good to know it is worth the effort!

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  5. Oh my gosh they look so good! I definitly have to try them eventhough I am sure that they won´t very long here at our house. Thanks so uch for sharing

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  6. YUM! Need to try this. Has to be easier than making Divinity!

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  7. First off, I love the floral pattern in the photo..is it scrapbook paper? I believe I have the same one.

    Secondly, I kinda dozed off while holding the iPad and when I opened my eyes, the screen was your beautiful marshmallows!!! I was absolutely mesmerized! I would not want to eat them...I would just stare at them all day. In fact, I just might make that first photo my screen saver!!

    Thank you for spelling correctly! A pet peeve of mine is "marshmellows". Ugh!!!

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  8. DIY Marshmallows? This is a totally new one to me. Sounds amazing :)

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  9. Okay, I admit, I might have made these one day in the future but now that you mentioned putting them on top of hot chocolate ........... I'm so making them now!!!!!

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  10. I personally don't care for marshmallows, but I do LOVE the way the homemade ones looks. They look so decadent. The first person I ever read an article regarding making them was Martha Stewart. I should probably try one day to make them. My Mother loves marshmallows.

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  11. Could you use wax paper, or maybe a silicon pad to make them less sticky to the pan? Just a thought.

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  12. Made them today and enjoyed them in hot chocolate this evening. They are a revelation! Thanks for such a yummy and easy recipe. This is a new part of our holidays.

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