Monday Menu ~ Homemade Marshmallows

Welcome to Monday!!

Okay, I know that Monday’s aren’t all that exciting but this recipe is AND the new recipe plugin that I installed. Now you’ll be able to easily print the recipes that I share with you. The little plugin will also help with the SEO on my recipes which we all know is pretty darn important, right?

It’s the middle of winter here in Michigan and all this cold weather (and now lack of snow) has left me and probably many others longing for warmer weather. Sunny days with a nice breeze at the beach and starry nights sitting around a campfire. Sounds nice, huh?

So, what goes perfectly with a campfire? S’mores!

Homemade Marshmallows

I figured that instead of the regular boring s’mores that I’d jazz things up this week and try my hand at making homemade marshmallows! At first I was a bit intimidated because while I can bake up a storm candy making isn’t my thing. Candy, you ask? Yes, homemade marshmallows are considered candy making because of the boiling sugar.

marshmallows

After a lot of reading and research I was ready to give it a shot. Besides the worst that could happen is that they turned out to be a big sticky mess….

prepping marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Spray a 13x9 cake pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and then coat with powdered sugar.
  2. In a bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup of the water.
  3. In a mixer beat the egg whites and vanilla until there are stiff peaks.
  4. While the eggs are beating stir the remaining 1/2 cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved and then boil until it reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Once this reaches temperature remove it from the heat and stir it into the gelatin until dissolved.
  5. With the mixer going pour the hot sugar/gelatin mixture in slowly and beat for 5 - 7 minutes. The marshmallow fluff with triple in volume and have stiff peaks when it's done and look like really thick cake batter.
  6. Pour the marshmallow fluff into the prepared pan and smooth the top as best as you can. Dust the top with a powdered sugar.
  7. Chill, uncovered, for at least 3 hours or until set. I left mine in the fridge overnight.
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Well, they didn’t turn out to be a big sticky mess. As a matter of fact they were really easy to make and turned out great! I will say that I didn’t use parchment paper and wish that I would have because the combination of the cooking spray & powdered sugar left a funny film on the bottom of them.

Soft, spongy, and perfect! I really think that it was the egg whites that made a huge difference. There were so many recipes out there that didn’t call for egg whites and only a handful that did so I gave it a go with the egg whites.

So what can you do with a homemade marshmallow to make it even better? Put it on a graham cracker and top it of with some dark chocolate ganache and now you have a phenomenal dessert. It’s like a grown up s’more minus the charred marshmallow.

I know that I can just run out and get some marshmallows from the store but they’re not the same. Trust me! They’re is a huge difference and best of all you control the ingredients.

Have you ever tried homemade marshmallows?

What do you think of the new recipe plugin?

26 Responses to Monday Menu ~ Homemade Marshmallows
  1. Jill
    January 21, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try out homemade mallows for a long time, but never got around to it. I just might have to now. Do they taste good alone?

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:27 pm

      Yea, they taste really good alone! They’re a lot lighter, softer, and fluffy than the store bought ones.

  2. Mrs. Jen B
    January 21, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Mmmm! I’ve never tried homemade marshmallows but you may make a convert out of me yet. I have to say that I loved that you and I both posted pictures of our stand mixers within a short period of time over the weekend!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:27 pm

      I love my stand mixer! It’s the best gift that I ever got.

  3. Kristen
    January 21, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    I want to swim in a giant mug of hot cocoa with these marshmallows! They look amazing.
    I am horrible with making candy but maybe I can get my girls to talk my mom into making them. Win-win…memories with grandma and sweet goodness in my mouth!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:26 pm

      You know what… I didn’t save any for hot cocoa!! This is a perfect grandma/kid recipe!

  4. Aleta
    January 21, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    And here I thought marshmallows were just marshmallows… not need to make them. I’m just starting to make homemade icing, so I can’t take on the marshmallows, but I’m going to save this post for when I’m feeling adventurous!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:26 pm

      They’re not that hard to make really! Give it a try.

  5. Caroline Murphy
    January 21, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    They look DELICIOUS!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:25 pm

      They ARE delicious!! So much better than the store bought ones.

      • Caroline Murphy
        January 22, 2013 | 8:25 pm

        Tonight we had homemade marshmallows that were dipped in chocolate for dessert. They were part of a party favor from this weekend that we never made it to. They were fantastic. I told my daughter how I had just learned about making them!

        • Jackie
          January 22, 2013 | 9:24 pm

          Aren’t they great? Let me how they turn out if you make them.

  6. Kimberly
    January 22, 2013 | 12:01 am

    Oh wow, I have never thought to make homemade marshmallows. What a great idea!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:25 pm

      I hadn’t either until a few months ago when I saw something on a cooking show. Then I decided I had to give it a shot.

  7. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 22, 2013 | 7:57 am

    I actually bought a recipe plug-in over Christmas break and I’m so busy that I haven’t had the chance to configure it. I need to do that!!!

    Anyhow, your marshmallows look like puffy wonderfulness!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:24 pm

      OH.. which one? I like the one that I have but I don’t like how it has the name of it & link at the bottom.

  8. Emmy
    January 22, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    They look so good! And so so impressed you made homemade marshmallows.

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:23 pm

      I’m impressed that they turned out!

  9. Mindi
    January 22, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    I’m drooling right now. Way to make a pregnant lady want some homemade marshmallows like right now! They look great!

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 6:23 pm

      Thank you! They were pretty good… as a matter of fact there are still some left!

  10. Tina @ Life Without Pink
    January 22, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    My boys would LOVE this! Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it :)

    • Jackie
      January 22, 2013 | 9:23 pm

      Let me know how they turn out!

  11. Poppy
    January 24, 2013 | 1:08 am

    I saw your “in progress” picture on Facebook and my curiousity was piqued. Glad they turned out – I’m pinning this to try for a treat, my kids would love it.

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