Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

It’s cold.  It’s snowy, blowy (is that a word?) and just plain frigid out and winter has just begun.  Time to break out the hot cocoa and marshmallows.  Better yet, time to make your own marshmallows because ……………….now get closer ’cause my voice is getting softer………it’s pretty easy!   Yeah, you heard me; IT”S PRETTY EASY!  

Here is a great recipe for Marshmallows. So break out your heavy duty mixer, because this recipe does require one that will run on a high speed for a lot longer than you normally run a mixer when making cookies, bread or any other batter!

Those jet puffed marshmallows don’t stand a chance against a homemade marshmallow!  Plus you can cut them into any shape you would like.  I spread mine in a squared edged 9 x 13 pan for a thick marshmallow. But if you wanted a thinner marshmallow so you could use a cookie cutter for a particular shape, then spread them in a jelly roll size pan.  Have fun and enjoy!

Homemade Marshmallows

 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin like Knox brand

2/3 cup of cold tap water (divided)

1 ½ cups of granulated sugar

2/3 cup of light corn syrup

1/8 tsp of salt

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Vegetable spray

Powdered sugar

 Coat a straight sided 9 x 13 cake pan heavily with vegetable spray.  Line with parchment paper and then spray the parchment paper.

Pour 1/3 cup of water in mixing bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin –no need to mix just let the gelatin granules soften in the water.   Let stand for at least 5 minutes.   Mixture will get actually pretty hard.

Gelatin mixture after about 5 minutes

Meanwhile, place the sugar, corn syrup, salt and the remaining 1/3 cup of water in a heavy duty sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Cook on medium heat until syrup reaches the soft ball stage of 238 degrees F on a candy thermometer.  Swirl pan gently to mix while its heating-no need to stir like a madwoman.  This should take a total of about 5-8 minutes

Break the gelatin mixture up with your hands or a metal spoon, and leave in mixing bowl.  With mixer on low speed, begin whisking gelatin mixture and slowly pour in syrup mixture in steadily doing your best NOT to splatter this on you- it will burn like crazy! I try pouring it as close to down the inside of the bowl as possible.   After entire syrup mixture has been added to bowl gradually increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is thick, creamy, glossy and has pretty much tripled in volume.  It will look like shiny shiny meringue!  Add the vanilla and beat another 30 seconds just to combine.


Mixing on High!


See how glossy!

Pour into lined pan.  At this point you are going to find this pretty hard to just pour.  Work quickly and put some vegetable spray on your spatula to keep mixture from sticking to it.

I sprinkled my marshmallows with sparkly sugar and some snowflake decos.

Let stand for at least 4 hours or overnight uncovered. 

Cut marshmallows either using a well greased cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or just a knife for squares.  Toss in powdered sugar to well coat all raw edges and store in an airtight container!  Voila!

Big Fluffy Squares of Marshmallow!


The perfect pairing: Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa

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