Fluffy Homemade Marshmallows
Making your own marshmallows may not seem like something worthwhile to do. A large bag of them is fairly cheap and most of the time you probably aren’t interested in specialty flavors or colors. Until….you decide one day to make them yourself. Your life is forever changed! Alright–this might be a bit of an overstatement, but making your own melt in your mouth fluffy marshmallows at home is a really fun activity that is also truly delicious. Plus, they are easily customizable to infuse with different flavors. Set aside some time this evening or weekend to give these a try!
You will find numerous recipes for homemade marshmallows, but they all have the same basic steps and main ingredients. Some may include egg whites or honey, but this recipe makes marshmallows utilizing the most basic and necessary steps. Consider this your first of many marshmallow adventures–starting with an easy to follow, basic vanilla marshmallow. Once you have mastered this recipe, you can get to your own adaptations.
- Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, add a 1/2 cup of cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and allow to set.
- While the gelatin is setting, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and cold 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continually. Once you have reached a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute and then remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Turn the stand mixer on low to mix the gelatin and water very lightly (allow just 1-2 rotations). Keeping the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot sugar mixture down the side of the bowl.
- Once the sugar mixture is in the mixing bowl, switch the stand mixer on high and whip the marshmallows for about 10-12 minutes. The mix will become very thick and just about triple in size. As you are mixing, use a spatula to wipe down the sides of the mixer so that everything is evenly combined.
- Once the marshmallows are thick and fluffed up, add in your vanilla. Lightly mix the marshmallows to just combine the vanilla.
- Pour the marshmallows into a buttered 9×9 inch pan. Use your spatula to smooth out the batter as much as you can.
- Dust the top of the marshmallows with a light layer of powdered sugar using a sifter.
- Let the marshmallows sit out uncovered for at least 4 hours, if not overnight. They need to dry slightly and completely set.
- When the marshmallows have set, sprinkle a work surface with the sifted powdered sugar. Run a knife along the edge of your pan to loosen the marshmallows and carefully invert it on your surface.
- Take a handful of the powdered sugar and rub it lightly over the marshmallow slab.
- Use a large knife to cut the slab into roughly 64 2 inch x 1 inch pieces. Alternatively, you can cut them again in half once you’ve cut the marshmallow slab into 8 long sections (to make 16 long sections), before cutting again cross-wise. This will create double the fun with mini-marshmallows. The 2″ x 1″ marshmallows are perfect for s’mores and 2 bite treats, while the mini mallows are great for adding to hot chocolate and other desserts.
- Dust powdered sugar over the cut sides of the marshmallows to make sure they do not stick together when stored.
These marshmallows should store in an airtight container for about a week. For other marshmallow variations, you could try adding mint or almond extract instead of the vanilla. You might also try dusting the marshmallows with toasted coconut flakes, ground cinnamon, or add a few tablespoons of cocoa to the powdered sugar. Marshmallows are truly versatile treats in the different flavor combinations you can try. Just look online at some of the gourmet marshmallow retailers to get inspired about making your own copycat version at home!
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Katherine lives in Kansas City with her husband, toddler, and 3 furry children. When she is not at home with her daughter, she is finishing up her Ph.D. in psychology or working on one of her multiple half-finished art projects. She loves ceramics, crafts, fitness, paper mache, and pretending to learn French and Spanish.