I don’t know about you, but marshmallows are a staple of my diet during the winter season.
You put them on sweet potato pie (Yes, I confess that I’m that family member who takes the melted marshmallow topping and leaves behind the sweet potato underneath), you use them to make rice crispy treats, and of course, we can never forget that marshmallows are hot chocolate’s best friend.
But, when it comes to marshmallows, the homemade route is the way to go.
Yes, I know the store bought kind is more convenient.
Yes, I know the store bought kind is probably cheaper.
And yes, I know the store bought kind is fun to throw at people.
But with ingredients like TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, RED 40, BLUE 1, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, and DEXTROSE, the homemade route is definitely the healthiest way to go. My rule of thumb is, if I can’t spell it or pronounce it, I’m not eating it.
And people don’t realize just how easy it is to make marshmallows from scratch.
- 3 packets of Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 cup of Water (divided into 2 (1/2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Powder Sugar
- 1/4 cup Corn Starch
- Non-Stick Spray
Step 1 – In a mixer (Though a stand mixer is the best option, you can also use a hand beater for this recipes) place the gelatin and 1/2 cup of water. Don’t mix it. Just let it sit.
Step 2 – In a medium saucepan, combine the rest of the water, white sugar, and light corn syrup. Place on medium/high heat and get the sugar time to completely dissolve and combine with the light corn syrup. After a few minutes, the liquid should turn completely clear and bubbling. Once it’s really bubbling, remove from the heat.
WARNING!!!! Be extremely careful while performing the next step. Melted sugar is very hot and it WILL BURN YOU if it makes contact with your skin. WARNING!!!
Step 3 – Turn the mixer on low speed. Slowly add your melted sugar mixture into the mixer and gradually increase the speed. Keep increasing the speed of the mixer until it reaches high. Add the vanilla extract. Mix for about 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is white and resembles marshmallow fluff.
Step 4 – Heavily spray a baking pan with non-stick spray. Add the marshmallow mixture to the pan and cover with plastic wrap (be sure to spray the plastic wrap with the nonstick stray too). Allow them to sit for 5-6 hours to set.
Step 5 – Once set, remove the marshmallows from the pan and cover with the cornstarch and powder sugar. Cut into squares and enjoy!
How to Make Variations?
*Follow the same ingredients and direction of Basic Marshmallows while adding these ingredients. Note: All of the ingredients will be added during Step 3.*
Nutella Marshmallow: 3 tbsp of Nutella and 1/4 cup of Chopped Hazelnuts.
Cayenne Marshmallows: 1 tbsp of Cayenne Pepper and 2 tbsp of Honey.
Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows: 2 tbsp of Peppermint Extract and 2 cups of Dark Chocolate Chips. Bonus: For a little more fun add a few drops of green food coloring.
Coffee Lovers Marshmallows: 1 tbsp of Instant Espresso and replace one 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of Brewed Coffee.
Hawaiian Marshmallows: 1 cup of Shredded Coconut and 1 tbsp ofPineapplee Extract.