Homemade Marshmallows

 How has your January been so far?
You know what I did?
I cleaned out my pantry!
While I am sure that’s not big news to you, for me, it’s HUGE!
I hated every second of cleaning it out, but I will tell you that I discovered a few curious things about myself.
Apparently, I am a bit of a hoarder.
Not your average hoarder, mind you…
I am a very specific hoarder.
I unearthed 15 boxes of chocolate pudding, 7 jars of hoisin sauce, 5 jars of pearl onions and 9 boxes of Knox Gelatin.
I am weird.
7 jars of Hoisin sauce?  Weird.
So, anyway I decided to put my hoarding to use today…now that my pantry is cleaned out…by getting busy with some of that gelatin.
(I remember when I was little my grandma told me to drink it to make my nails stronger.  Uhhh, not so much.  Gag.)
Since my nails are ok I decided that the next best thing would be to make homemade marshmallows.  Because that’s the logical next step, right?
If you haven’t ever made your own marshmallows DO IT NOW!
They are so easy and totally yummy.
Trust me, I am big time scared of the candy thermometer, but you won’t mess it up.  I pinky swear.
Spray 9×13 lightly with cooking spray
line the pan with parchment coming up the sides (at least 2 inches) on each end.
Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray.
 Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Without stirring, continue to cook syrup until mixture registers 238° on a candy thermometer, between 7-9 minutes.
While the syrup is boiling pour 3/4 cup water into bowl of stand mixer.  Sprinkle the gelatin on the water and let it sit 5 minutes so gelatin softens.
When sugar syrup comes to a boil slowly pour the  hot syrup into the gelatin.
With the whisk attachment on the mixer beat on high for 12 minutes until marshmallow is very stiff.
Add vanilla and beat for 1 more minute.
Pour marshmallow into prepared pan and spread with a spatula.  It will be VERY sticky!
Let sit for at least 3 hours uncovered.
 When you’re ready sift 1 cup powdered sugar onto work space.
 Remove the marshmallow from pan onto sugared counter.
 Using a VERY SHARP knife cut the marshmallow into squares.
(You might find it helpful to spray knife with cooking spray)
 For plain marshmallows sift remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a bowl and coat each cut marshmallow with sugar.
Will store airtight for up to a week.
NOW…if you’re not about plain marshmallows, let’s have some fun…
I combined 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and instead of rolling the cut marshmallows in powdered sugar I rolled them in the cinnamon sugar…YUM!
and these I rolled in a combination of 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
These would be great in hot chocolate…
ok, now I got a little crazy.
I melted some white chocolate and dipped in sprinkles…
 mini chips…
hearts for Valentines 🙂
Crushed Oreos, because that’s completely necessary.
 I heated up some peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and dipped the marshmallow in…then I dipped it in the white chocolate.  Hell yes I did.
…and finally the genius idea (that was 100% not mine) of dipping the marshmallow in chocolate and then crushed graham crackers for an instant S’more.  High five to whoever thought that up!
 So here you go…a smorgasbord  of marshmallow to help your 2011 get off to a great start.
 I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not be happy when you’re eating a marshmallow.
Yep..completely impossible.
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Marshmallows. Period.


Ingredients:

  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water divided

Instructions:

  1. Spray 9×13 lightly with cooking spray
  2. Line the pan with parchment coming up the sides (at least 2 inches) on each end.
  3. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray again.
  4. Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Without stirring, continue to cook syrup until mixture registers 238° on a candy thermometer, between 7-9 minutes.
  5. While the syrup is boiling pour 3/4 cup water into bowl of stand mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin on the water and let it sit 5 minutes so gelatin softens.
  6. When sugar syrup comes to a boil slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin. With the whisk attachment on the mixer beat on high for 12 minutes until marshmallow is very stiff.
  7. Add vanilla and beat for 1 more minute.
  8. Pour marshmallow into prepared pan and spread with a spatula. It will be VERY sticky!
  9. Let sit for at least 3 hours uncovered.
  10. When you’re ready sift 1 cup powdered sugar onto work space.
  11. Remove the marshmallow from pan onto sugared counter.
  12. Using a VERY SHARP knife cut the marshmallow into squares.
  13. (You might find it helpful to spray knife with cooking spray)
  14. For plain marshmallows sift remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a bowl and coat each cut marshmallow with sugar.
  15. Will store airtight for up to a week.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Carrie
Carrie

My mon and I tried these tonight in anticipation of using them for some gifts. I think I’d recommend that anyone who doesn’t have a KitchenAid might want to cut this whole recipe in half. Our little Sunbeam mixer just about died while mixing these! 🙁 We had to tilt the mixer so it was out of the bowl more because the marshmallow was climbing the eaters like crazy after about 5 minutes of mixing. Any other tips besides us trying this in half amount next time?

Heather Rodin
Heather Rodin

What size is an “envelope” of gelatin. They seem to come in 2 sizes these days and I don’t want to mess it up. Thanks!!!

The Cookie Cutter
The Cookie Cutter

These were awesome! And super easy too. I posted a link in my blog: http://jaclynscookies.blogspot.com/2011/05/marshmallows.html

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks
Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks

I've been wanting to make homemade marshmallows for awhile now…you just gave me the final push I needed! FAB ideas…they all look delish!

Becki D
Becki D

Howdy again! I made these for my girl's 2nd birthday party – HUGE HIT. I made the smores version, and they were so yummy – plus everyone was incredibly impressed that I made my own marshmallows (who knew it was so easy?!) soo – as usual – thanks for sharing!!

Posti4
Posti4

the pictures really help! Thanks looks yummy. And the food pantry could always use some Hoisin sauce or pudding!

Monica H
Monica H

Marshmallow fun! I made some last year and dipped them in chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Yes, they are delish!

Joy
Joy

Those look great. I wanted to try it so bad for christmas but I didn't have time.

iamahoneybee.com
iamahoneybee.com

I love your photos of how to make marshmallows. I'm really into marshmallows right now but i have never made them. This makes it seem less scary than what I thought it would be.

doughmesstic
doughmesstic

I have never made marshmallows. I've always wanted to, though. Now I HAVE to. These will be perfect for Valentines day! Thank you for the step by step and for showing all of your clever flavor combos…I stumbled this post for you, too – it's too fantastic!

Whimsy Cookie Co.
Whimsy Cookie Co.

oh…I want to make these sometime this year!! Thanks for sharing..they are precious for Valentines!!

Ingrid
Ingrid

Been there…done them! 🙂 I'm not much for them plain but I do like 'em fancified.
~ingrid

Tracy
Tracy

Love this! I've never made my own marshmallows, but your post makes it look totally doable. Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

Leslie
Leslie

HOmemade marshmallows ROCK! All of your variations look scrumptious. I am a pantry hoarder too

betchacanteatjustone
betchacanteatjustone

These look so amazing! I tried Marshmallows once…years and years ago and they've been on my to do list to try again! mmmmm oreo marshmallows on a stick…I will dream of these tonight!

Peggy
Peggy

I made marshmallows once, but they weren't nearly as unique and arrayed as yours are! Too cute!

Di
Di

Mine are beating as I type and I can't quit sampling already. I'm in love! Thanks for hte step-by-step.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Wow. I have never made my own marshmellows but thank you for the amazing step-by-step! This is now on my to-do list.

grace
grace

is there such a thing as an average hoarder? i guess so. we have both extremes and then we have those of us on the middle ground…
regardless, i love your fluffy marshmallows! 🙂

Diane {Created by Diane}
Diane {Created by Diane}

they look great, I have them on my list of items to make for this year 🙂 thanks for making it look doable!

Raina
Raina

I have always wanted to make marshmallows but have been too afraid. Thanks for the pics and excellent instruction. I would not even attempt them without that. Yours look amazing.

Seven jars of hoisin sauce…lol That is funny. You must have been meaning to make a lot of stir frys:)

Summer
Summer

WOW! These look incredible! I'm going to have to try the Peanut Butter one:) I love your blog! You have so many great things on here!!

Val
Val

If I could live off of Marshmallows alone, I would. These look divine.

Vittle me this...
Vittle me this...

yummy yummy yummy!

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Les rêves d'une boulangère ~ Just wanted to let you know that according to Martha 4 packets equals 3 Tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons.
Hope that helps!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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