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Easy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

Make Your Own Marshmallows

A couple of years ago, I hosted a fondue party for Valentine's Day. I thought it would be fun to dip marshmallows into chocolate fondue and, always one to pay special attention to little details, I wanted heart-shaped, pale pink marshmallows. Since pink heart marshmallows are not sold, I decided to try making them. Now, I'm addicted to homemade marshmallows! The method is surprisingly easy, but you do need an electric mixer. They're basically a combination of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. This mixture is whipped until tripled in volume, resulting in a light fluffy mess of marshmallow cream. It's so pillowy and delicious, it's hard not to lick the bowl. Start a day ahead: the finished marshmallows need a night to set.

Marshmallows

Marshmallows

Easy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe 2010-01-22 11:15:14

Ingredients

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Directions

  1. Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
  3. Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture.
  4. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
  5. Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  6. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
  7. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  8. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Makes about 9 dozen.


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AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Hey, thanks, Party. I'm still trying to get hubby to help me out with these. It would be fun to make some peppermint ones for my hot chocolate!
weffie weffie 6 years
PS my ex was a millwright and once worked in a gelatin processing plant... after witnessing the sights and smells in there, just looking at Jell-O made him gag. The whole crew was made up of tough, meat-eating men who certainly had no problem with the ethics of eating gelatin, but it was just so disgusting to see what it's actually composed of that they could no longer stomach it.
weffie weffie 6 years
There is no such thing as vegetarian gelatin. There used to be a product called Kosher Jel that listed carageenan, locust bean gum, and maltodextrin as its only ingredients, so many vegetarians (including myself) used it. However, a few independent organizations had it tested in different food labs, and it was discovered that Kosher Jel was, in fact, about 50% gelatin. The company, Emes, denied that it had made false claims on its packaging but, oddly enough, completely closed down within a couple of months of the gelatin story surfacing. Vegan marshmallows are available, but I stay away from anything claiming to "replace" gelatin now just to be safe.
weffie weffie 6 years
There is no such thing as vegetarian gelatin. There used to be a product called Kosher Jel that listed carageenan, locust bean gum, and maltodextrin as its only ingredients, so many vegetarians (including myself) used it. However, a few independent organizations had it tested in different food labs, and it was discovered that Kosher Jel was, in fact, about 50% gelatin. The company, Emes, denied that it had made false claims on its packaging but, oddly enough, completely closed down within a couple of months of the gelatin story surfacing. Vegan marshmallows are available, but I stay away from anything claiming to "replace" gelatin now just to be safe.
Pampire Pampire 6 years
I will have to try them, they look yummy! My 6 year old absolutely loves marshmallows, he really loves the flavored pack with orange,lime, strawberry etc. I imagine I could use orange extract etc. Instead of vanilla to get the fruity ones.
Triste3030 Triste3030 6 years
Mmmmm, looks yummy! :)
Triste3030 Triste3030 6 years
Mmmmm, looks yummy! :)
partysugar partysugar 6 years
The heart shaped ones totally turned out! But I made them a long time ago, before YumSugar existed, so the only photo I had was of the cut out marshmallows.
syako syako 6 years
I made homemade marshmallows for the first time for the holidays this year. They are DELICIOUS!And relatively easy too. I'd recommend trying it out at least once, otherwise you don't really know what you're missing. :P
syako syako 6 years
I made homemade marshmallows for the first time for the holidays this year. They are DELICIOUS! And relatively easy too. I'd recommend trying it out at least once, otherwise you don't really know what you're missing. :P
amandaaa amandaaa 6 years
i swore i saw pink heart marshmallows at the dollar tree!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I don't have a Whole Foods near me, but I have a Trader Joe's, and they're pretty much the same thing. Do they really sell a veggie-based gelatin? Is it pectin? I'll have to check it out. I would love to make these with my little one (my birthday is Valentine's Day), but not with regular gelatin.I'm not a vegetarian, but gelatin grosses me out. And it really is in everything! Candy, chip dip, marshmallows. It never fails to shock me, food companies will feed you anything if they think you won't read the label.I'm not an expert, but... I think anything that's vegan (besides booze) is automatically halal, halal means does it not include forbidden animals (pork and anything carnivorous) and has been slaughtered in the proper way. Milk is halal and cheese is halal if it's not made with pork enzymes. Gelatin can be halal if the cow is properly slaughtered. I would recommend reading the label before buying anything.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I don't have a Whole Foods near me, but I have a Trader Joe's, and they're pretty much the same thing. Do they really sell a veggie-based gelatin? Is it pectin? I'll have to check it out. I would love to make these with my little one (my birthday is Valentine's Day), but not with regular gelatin. I'm not a vegetarian, but gelatin grosses me out. And it really is in everything! Candy, chip dip, marshmallows. It never fails to shock me, food companies will feed you anything if they think you won't read the label. I'm not an expert, but... I think anything that's vegan (besides booze) is automatically halal, halal means does it not include forbidden animals (pork and anything carnivorous) and has been slaughtered in the proper way. Milk is halal and cheese is halal if it's not made with pork enzymes. Gelatin can be halal if the cow is properly slaughtered. I would recommend reading the label before buying anything.
zeze zeze 6 years
I wish they would open a whole foods near me! Some Halal is made from fish, some says vegetarian (but I've only seen pre-made marshmallows, not the gelatin). I don't think I've ever seen Halal from any animal besides fish though.
Vampyre Vampyre 6 years
Halal gelatine is still made from animals though, so it's not vegetarian. Or do Halal stores carry actual vegetarian gelatine as well?
soapbox soapbox 6 years
^ Whole Foods have vegetarian gelatin/marshmallows, but I get mine from Halal stores because it's cheaper :)
zeze zeze 6 years
How can I get vegetarian gelatin?! I would LOVE that...
jessie jessie 6 years
My friend just made homemade marshmellow....soooo good!!!!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
You can make and buy vegetarian marshmallows. You would be surprised how many packaged foods have gelatin in them
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I posted on the thumbnails, but did the heart shapes come out or did they just balloon up shapeless?
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I want to make these so bad, but I don't have the whisk attachment for the KitchenAid yet. As soon as i get it, I'm going to whip up a batch.
lawchick lawchick 6 years
Wow I never realized marshmallows aren't vegetarian :( (they have gelatin in them)
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