Homemade Marshmallows

27 May 2015 | By

homemade marshmallowsWhy buy marshmallows at the grocery store when you can make your own? Homemade marshmallows are actually pretty easy to make–and they cost less, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-confectioners’ sugar
-2 tablespoons gelatin
-1 1/4 cups water
-2 cups granulated sugar
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Use a bit of butter to grease a baking dish, preferably a square, 8×8-inch one. Line your dish with parchment paper, grease the wax paper, and sprinkle a light coating of confectioner’s sugar.

Mix the gelatin in half a cup of cold water. Then, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add salt, granulated sugar, and 3/4 cups of boiling water into the saucepan, whisk together, and bring to a boil. Continue whisking the mixture until it boils–once it does, stop whisking and allow the mixture to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, until it becomes a thick, syrupy consistency. You can also use a candy thermometer to check the temperature–remove from heat when the thermometer readsĀ 236 degrees F.

Take the syrup mixture and pour slowly over your gelatin. Next, pour syrup and gelatin mixture to a mixer, add vanilla extract, and beat on medium speed for 20 minutes.

Use a spatula greased with butter and scrape the mixture into your baking dish. Smooth out the surface and place in the freezer to set overnight.

Remove the block of marshmallows from the dish, peel the parchment paper off, and cut into small square shapes using a butter-greased knife.

Lightly dust all sides of the marshmallow pieces with confectioner’s sugar.


Photo by Kirsten Skiles / CC BY-ND 2.0

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