Make Your Own Marshmallows

I know, I know, this isn’t a cooking blog… but I made these, and people seem to *really* like them… so I’m gonna share!

Making your own marshmallows is EASY.

First: sift together 1/4 C powdered sugar and 1/4 C corn starch.  This is your “dust”… it keeps your marshmallows from sticking EVERYWHERE.  This was plenty, I thought… but better too much than not enough!

Spray a small pan (8″x8” for thick marshmallows or a bigger pan for thinner or smaller ones) with cooking spray.  Line with parchment or foil with extra hanging over two ends and spray it as well.  Sift half your “dust” on the pan bottom and sides.

Pour 1/2 C cool water in a large bowl and add 2 packages (1/4 oz ea.) of unflavored gelatin.  No need to stir just let sit.

Combine 1.5 C granulated sugar, 2/3 C Karo syrup, and 1/2 C water in a pan.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook until it reaches 240˚ or the soft ball stage (about 7 minutes).  DO NOT STIR.  Remove from heat.

With your mixer beat gelatin to break it up, then gently pour sugar mix down the side of the bowl and slowly incorporate into the gelatin.  Be careful, it’s HOT!  Increase the speed of your mixer slowly until it’s on high and beat until soft peaks form… 12 – 15 minutes.

Pour into your dusted pan.  Coat with the rest of the dust.  Let dry for four hours or overnight…

Lift out of the pan using the “handles” of overlapping parchment or foil.  Cut into squares, dusting your knife and edges with the dust to keep from sticking.

Voila!

Keep them in ziplocs and enjoy!

VARIATIONS:

  1.  Peppermint: After beating until doubled add 1 tsp. peppermint extract and food coloring.  Blend well.  Great for minty hot chocolate.
  2.  Chocolate: Add 1/4 C cocoa to the “dust” mix.  6 T cocoa and 3 T hot water mixed and added to gelatin.  (Not all of my cocoa melted, so I had little pockets of cocoa powder… no one complained.)
  3.  Coffee:  Make your favorite flavor of coffee EXTRA STRONG.  Use instead of water in the recipe.
  4.  Vanilla:  A tsp. of vanilla can be added for regular marshmallows or more to make French Vanilla.
  5. Use your imagination…  I wonder if flavored jello could be used if you cut back on some of the sugar… Strawberry, lime, orange marshmallows anyone???  Try it and let me know.

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