Woo Hoo! Homemade marshmallows! I’ve wanted to try this for quite some time now and I finally got to it last weekend. They are so good! And they’re not hard to make at all. You just need a little time and maybe a little patience…and being okay with making a bit of a mess…I had powdered sugar everywhere! But it all cleaned up pretty easily. It was worth it to have marshmallowy goodness that I made all by myself!
from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
2/3 c. water, divided
3 (1/4 oz.) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
pinch of kosher salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar, for dusting
What To Do
Lightly spray the inside of an 8”x8” pan with vegetable cooking spray. Generously coat with powdered sugar and set aside.
Pour 1/3 cup of the water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and stir briefly to incorporate. Let stand for about 10 minutes, or until the gelatin has softened.
In a saucepan, off the heat, combine the remaining 1/3 cup of water and the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Clip a candy thermometer on the inside of the pan, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom. Cook the mixture without stirring until reaches 240°F. Brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush, dipped in water, to gently wipe away any sugar crystals.
With your mixer on low speed, very carefully add the hot syrup to the softened gelatin. Add the vanilla and increase the speed to medium-high. The mixture will start out clear, but quickly turns very white. Beat for about 8 minutes, or until the marshmallow gets very thick and sticky, and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, in string-like pieces.
Spread the mixture into the prepared pan using a lightly oiled spatula. With wet hands, press the batter evenly into the corners of the pan. Keep rewetting your hands to help with the stickiness. Set aside for at least 1 hour, or until the mixture is firm and cool.
Sift the powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Run a wet knife around the edge of the cooled pan to loosen the marshmallow. Remove the marshmallow from the pan, onto a cutting board. Cut into squares, using a pizza cutter. Toss each marshmallow in the powdered sugar until completely coated.
I used a larger tray to put my marshmallow batter in. It’s about 9″ x 13″ and I used it because I wanted them to be thinner so I could use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
I kept a bowl of water on the counter so I could dip my hands in it as needed when spreading the batter into the pan.
I didn’t use a pizza cutter, just a cookie cutter and a butter knife.
You can store these in an airtight container for a couple weeks at a moderate temperature.
Some Photos Along the Way
The gelatin and water
The water, sugar, corn syrup and salt boiling
Mixing the hot syrup and vanilla with the softened gelatin
Mixing complete – it’s white now!
The marshmallow batter spread out into my pan
Cutting out Christmas tree shapes!
Square-shaped marshmallows in some hot cocoa
From the top – I put too many in, these melt differently than store-bought, so be careful!
Tree-shaped marshmallows dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles!
I don’t know that I’m going to stop buying marshmallows from the store but this certainly was super fun to try and I would do it again for a special occasion. The possibilities are endless, or at least there are as many possibilities as there are cookie cutters. Next time I’d like to incorporate some flavors, like maybe some juice from raspberries or something like that. I think it’d be pretty and tasty, especially dipped in chocolate!
Have a wonderful weekend!