I make these every year at Christmastime. I don’t know why I only do it then other than I will eat them if I make them and this way they stay as a special treat. As long as you have a Kitchen Aid mixer you will be fine making these at home. I would not try it with a hand mixer, I doubt it could do it without burning it up.
There is no real trick to making them other than you have to beat them at least 10 – 12 minutes. You also need to be careful not to add too hot of water to the gelatin to soften it or it will get stringy and the marshmallows will not have the right consistency. I use water that is barely warm to soften the gelatin and that is the first step I do to give it plenty of time to bloom. Marshmallows also don’t last usually longer than a week, they are at their best of course when they are first made. They start to loose some of their volume the longer they sit. Store them in an airtight container.
Stick a candy cane in them to put in your hot chocolate or to dip in chocolate for eating as is. Knock a little of that powdered sugar off if you are going to do that or don’t use it all after cutting. I would cut them right before I needed them if I was going to dip them. These are the perfect addition to a hot cocoa bar. These are sure to be a hit with whatever you decide to do with them.
Big, soft, fluffy marshmallows. Make your own homemade marshmallows and taste the difference.
- Vegetable oil, for brushing
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil; set aside.
- Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 9 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
- Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.
- Sift 1 cup confectioners' sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners' sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.
I have a little more detailed directions over at my blog, Recipes, Food and Cooking. Just a note: I got about 30 marshmallows cutting them this large size. These are pretty big. I might use a larger pan and make them a little thinner.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile says
I have never make marshmallows before. The look scrumptious and so fluffy and pretty. Will pin to try.
Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Trivia.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
Mary Ellen says
You have to try them Wanda, you will love them. They aren’t like the ones in the bag and you can flavor them anyway you want. Merry Christmas to your also!
Gorgeous looking marshmallows Mary.
those marshmallows look great!
Mary Ellen says
These are so cute, absolutely love them!
[email protected] Tastes Good says
I’ve never made homemade marshmallows before. Thanks for the tips and this festive recipe!
These look like the perfect holiday treat. I am glad I have a kitchen aid so I can try my hand at making them. Thanks!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
I’ve never made marshmallows before either! They look delicious!!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
Making homemade marshmallows has been something that has been on my culinary to-do list for a while. 😉 Thank you for the inspiration, Mary Ellen!
Mary Ellen says
You’re welcome Carrie! Hope you try them.
I love that you put candy canes in the marshmallows. Makes them so festive.
Mary Ellen says
Thanks Cristie! I was thinking they would be great for stirring in some hot cocoa.
[email protected]'s Kitchen Adventures says
I’ve never made homemade marshmallows, but now you’ve got me wanting to give them a try! These are beautiful!
I made marshmallows once and love how they taste! I’m ready to make it again. Thanks for the inspiration ?
Manikanta Naga says
Hi, Mary Ellen
Marshmallows are looking delicious. nice recipe. I’ll try it.