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HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS

HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS

OK. So I promised in a few other blogs that I would show you how to make homemade marshmallows. Don’t get freaked out…they are easier than you think. You do need a couple of special tools, but the actual making of the marshmallows is really quite easy. I make them all year long. I do tend to make more during the winter…because…ya know…hot chocolate! But they are the perfect base for other desserts too.

You can see my s’mores pops here. These are so much better made with the real, homemade marshmallows then the store-bought ones that tend to get stale quicker. I have also made them at Easter to create homemade peeps. I may try that again this year….definitely soooo much better than the store-bought peeps (even though, I ain’t gonna lie, they are one of my guilty pleasures). Anyway, there are endless possibilities for flavors and colors and shapes that they make a great option for themed parties or showers. They can be packaged with a hot chocolate mix as a cute party favor or food gift. SO.MANY.OPTIONS. For that reason, it is just a great recipe to have for so many reasons!
See directions and recipe below:

What you will need:
KitchenAid® Stand Mixer (unless you want to stand over a bowl and mix for 10-12 minutes straight. No, thank you!
Candy Thermometeringredients_Fotor

Step 1: Butter a 9×9 inch pan and place a piece of saran wrap in the pan with enough to overlap the sides. Side note: you can also just butter and cover with powdered sugar. I tried the saran wrap this time to help with pulling the marshmallows out of the pan once they have dried and it was much easier. I also sprinkled a little powdered sugar in the bottom just to make it as easy as possible.panprepped pan
Step 2: Place 1/2 cup cold water in your stand mixer. Sprinkle the 3 packages if gelatin over the water. Don’t mix it, just let it sit and do its magic while you cook the sugar.gelatin in bowl
Step 3: Combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan.sugar in pot
Step 4: Clip on your Candy Thermometer and place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture until sugar dissolves. Let this cook until your candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees. cooking sugar 1cooking sugar
Step 5: Once the mixture reaches the correct temperature, take off heat. Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the bowl. Once you have poured all the mixture in, add salt and turn the mixer to high and let it beat until stiff, about 12 minutes.
Step 6: Add vanilla and mix until combined.
mixed on beatermixed in bowl
Step 7: Butter a spatula and spread the mixture into the prepared plan.finished in pan
Step 8: Sift powdered sugar over the marshmallow and let sit out to dry. I usually do this overnight.finished in pan 1
Step 9: Lift up marshmallow out of pan onto a cutting board covered with powdered sugar. Butter a knife and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to cut into different shapes. Dip all sides into powdered sugar to keep them from sticking. finished (2)
Step 10: Make some hot chocolate and enjoy these delicious, soft, pillowy marshmallows!finished 1

HOMEMADE VANILLA MARSHMALLOWS

  • Difficulty: intermediate
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Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup cold water
• 2/3 cup light corn syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 (1/4 oz) packages unflavored gelatin
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Step 1: Butter a 9×9 inch pan and place a piece of saran wrap in the pan with enough to overlap the sides.
Step 2: Place 1/2 cup cold water in your stand mixer. Sprinkle the 3 packages if gelatin over the water. Don’t mix it, just let it sit and do its magic while you cook the sugar.
Step 3: Combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan.
Step 4: Clip on your candy thermometer and place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture until sugar dissolves. Let this cook until your candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees.
Step 5: Once the mixture reaches the correct temperature, take off heat. Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the bowl. Once you have poured all the mixture in, add salt and turn the mixer to high and let it beat until stiff, about 12 minutes.
Step 6: Add vanilla and mix until combined.
Step 7: Butter a spatula and spread the mixture into the prepared plan.
Step 8: Sift powdered sugar over the marshmallow and let sit out to dry. I usually do this overnight.
Step 9: Lift up marshmallow out of pan onto a cutting board covered with powdered sugar. Butter a knife and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to cut into different shapes. Dip all sides in powdered sugar and store in an airtight container.

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