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.

60 Responses

  1. Marie @ Myculinarycalling

    Yum! My sister and I made homemade marshmellows at christmas time! So easy and so yummy! Peanut butter dipped? Oh yum!

  2. Kori

    Wow, so many fun ideas! I love how you dipped some in PB and also added some V-Day sprinkles! Holiday goodies are just so much fun. Thanks for laying out the step-by-step process…I'm excited to try these sometime.

  3. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet

    Cinnamon marshmallow, peanut butter white chocolate marshmallow, Mmmmm the marshmallowy yumminess is never ending.

  4. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    Wow I think homemade marshamallows would be way better than normal shop-bought stuff. I think I'll give this a go..we love them!

    And well done for cleaning out your cupboard! I always find an assortment of lost jars or sauces in there too

  5. Jocelyn

    so many fun variations for your marshmallows…i have been wanting to try homemade marshmallows. now i really want to try them:-)

  6. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    Ps. How much in grams to you think the gelatine sachets are? I only have powdered gelatine..would that work?

  7. Ryan

    Ohhh, those look delicious! And so cute! Do they taste much different from store bought ones?
    Yay for cleaning out the pantry! I need to do that, but I'm a bit scared of what I'll find xD I'm pretty sure we have some cans that expired in 05… pretttyyy scary stuff 😛

  8. divateacher

    I have always wanted to make these but was totally intimidated. Your step-by-step has taken that intimidation away. I'm so trying this now! Thanks!

  9. Mara...

    How fun are those!!! I love the marshmallow tutorial, looks like something that I possibly might tackle. Maybe. Love the smores combo!

  10. Tiffiny Felix

    One of my most favorite things is chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and I'm appalled I've never made my own. I absolutely must fix that. Thanks for such a fun post 🙂

  11. Holly

    Yum!!! I made Martha's recipe too!! Loved it and will be making them again-I love all your awesome additions to yours:) Instant S'more-total genius!!!!
    Oh and I admire you for the clean pantry…I still {ugh} have to get that done{ugh, ugh}!!!

  12. Alicia (The Red Deer)

    OMG! These look so delicious – I love all the different finishes you did to them – I think I need an crushed Oreo marshmallow right now!

  13. Butter Hearts Sugar

    Wow, I cleaned and sorted out my pantry too! everything is in new matching containers, stacked and labelled. Your marshmallows look fantastic, I love the marshmallow pop idea. such fun pictures.

  14. Caroline

    I love making marshmallows! These are beautiful, mine are typically a little more 'ragged' around the edges. I'll have to make the oreo-covered one… and then eat them. Delicious!

  15. nelsonturf

    I might try it! I live in mortal fear of the candy thermometer! Quit inspiring me already!
    Would the dental floss trick work? Cutting them with plain dental floss or fishing line?

  16. Trainer T.s Fitness

    Your always great with direction and pictures.
    I so want to eat them all, but then I saw the PB and you got me hooked.

    How about Chocolate flavored PB too, its fabulous like Nuttella but not so bad for you.

    You RAWK!

  17. Erin

    These look absolutely delicious! I've been too afraid to make my own marshmallows. They look hard. But these look so yummy I might have to try!

  18. blackbookkitchendiaries

    this looks so pretty..really love the step by step pics too! nicely done:) thanks for sharing this and have a great day.

  19. Kristan

    I am especially LOVING the hot chocolate marshmallow!!

    Wouldn't you know it, but I just happen to have several unopened boxes of gelatin in my cupboard.

    Weird…I know. Great minds, I guess!! 😉

  20. Patti

    haha..fort Knox was in your pantry.I have never tried homemade marshmallows. I need to try them. Makes me wish I hoarded unflavored gelatin. I think it's something going onto my baking/cooking bucket list…the making of marshmallows not the hoarding of gelatin. LOL

  21. Debbie

    I love how you call them "Nekkid Marshmallows" too cute! I wish I could reach right through the screen and try that smores marshmallow!

  22. Monet

    You and this post are just too adorable! I loved the "sift" picture. So cute! Ryan adores marshmallows, and I know he would be tickled pink if I made a batch for him. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe with me. Sweet dreams, my friend!

  23. cookies and cups

    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!

  24. 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!!

  25. 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:)

  26. 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!

  27. 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! 🙂

  28. 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!

  29. Tracy

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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!!

  33. 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!

  34. 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?

    1. shelly

      It the amount was too much for your stand mixer, I would say no…just make 2 separate half batches, unless you have a good hand mixer that you can use!. Sorry I could be more help!

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