Homemade Marshmallows-Sweet and fully, homemade marshmallows are easier to make than you think.
Winter is one of my favorite times of the year. I am a homebody and love nothing more then staying inside, reading a good book and enjoying all things wintry. Homemade marshmallows are best enjoyed through the winter months. I've made them at Christmastime and gifted them to family, friends and teachers. Homemade marshmallows are always a huge hit!
I allow my marshmallows to sit overnight in a 9x13 inch pan and I drape a clean kitchen towel over the top. That's the longest part involved in making marshmallows...waiting!
I know it may seem like a daunting thing...making your own marshmallows. I use to wonder how to make marshmallows...before I actually made them. I suppose it's because I really love marshmallows. I often grab a handful of the store bought kind when I am craving something sweet. The ingredients are few and the process is not daunting.
Make sure to use a candy thermometer to know when the sugar and corn syrup mixture has reached 240 degrees. I've made a couple of recipes before that didn't turn out, but this one is from The Food Network and I've enjoyed it and I hope you do too!
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Combine the gelatin and ½ cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
- Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners' sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners' sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
- Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners' sugar.
A pizza cutter makes cutting the marshmallows much easier.
My candy thermometer never reached 240 degrees. After a few minutes if rapid boiling at 230 degrees I decided it was time ti remove it from the heat and proceed. Adapted from Foodnetwork
I have been wanting to tr making homemake marshmallows for some time--I think I will very oon!
You really should, Diane!! 🙂
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm
Never made homemade marshmallows, they sound awesome but I am always weirded out by having to use a thermometer and gelatin, LOLL.
Sophia, you've got to try them!! I promise it's not very difficult. 🙂
Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
They definitely look easy to do. Very sweet and delicious!
They're soo good, Ilona!!
I have never made marshmallows and think I may have to give it a whirl!
I've never even imaged of making homemade marshmallows. I have to give this a try in the near future.
Brenda, I hadn't either until a few years ago. They're really not that difficult either. 🙂
Holy cow I cannot WAIT to try this!!! Beautiful pictures, by the way!
Thank you so much, Brittney!!
Not only do these sound delicious, but you take beautiful pictures!
Thank you so much, Lauryn!!
I've been wanting to try this like forever! My kids would be so happy if I did! Marking this on my to do list.
Caroline, kids would love this!!
Oh what a perfect recipe for winter and topping all those yummy hot chocolates!
Alice, they're perfect together, aren't they?!?
Thalia @ butter and brioche
Never have I made marshmallows from scratch before - this is definitely something I need to try!
Thalia, have fun making them!!
This looks like such winter fun! I never thought to make my own but will give it a try!
I hope you enjoy them, Tara!!
They're great during the winter!!!
Kimberly | Chic & Sugar
I didn't know it was so easy! This has me yearning for some hot cocoa ASAP!
They're perfect for hot cocoa, Kimberly!!
Lou @ Mommy Sanest
these are so pretty! I am a big fan of hot chocolate, and I'm going to have to try these next time.
Thanks, Lou!! I hope you love them as much as we do!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
You are my hero! I want to do this so badly, but it just intimidates me. I'd love to see it done before I try to emulate the process - it would give me more confidence!
Lindsey, it really isn't as difficult as it may seem. I promise! Cook your mixture and make sure you have a thermometer. Mine never reached the desired temp, but once it was holding steady for a few minutes I decided it was done...or it can burn. Very slowly pour into the bowl of your mixer and have the mixer running on low speed. Gently increase the speed and watch the mixture transform into white fluffiness, yet sticky! 🙂
hi,I come from europe,where corn syrup is not readily available.Is there a substitute for this, thanks!