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How to Make Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

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How to Make Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

As the Christmas holiday song goes, “It’s a marshmallow world” I bet you never even thought about how to make homemade marshmallows. Neither did I until I read about it and discovered just how easy it is to make them. Making your own marshmallows is a novel thing to do. People will be pleasantly surprised when you serve them in hot chocolate, on top of a fruit cup, or all by themselves. You can make these homemade marshmallows any time of the year.

Today’s Quote: “Last night I dreamt I ate a ten-pound marshmallow. When I woke up the pillow was gone.” – – Tommy Cooper

Homemade Marshmallow Ingredients

Vegetable oil to brush onto the pan

About 1 cup powdered sugar to coat the pan and marshmallows.

3 (¼-oz.) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin

1 cup water

1½ cups granulated sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

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How to Make Homemade Marshmallow

  1. Brush vegetable oil onto the inside of a 9″ x 13″ pan or baking dish.
  2. Then, lightly dust the pan with powdered sugar.
  3. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, put the unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup of water. Stir lightly and let the gelatin dissolve and soften.
  4. Prepare the syrup. In a saucepan, put the granulated sugar, corn syrup, ½ cup of water, and salt. Bring it to a boil while gently stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and continue boiling the syrup until it reaches 240°F.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat. Wait for the bubbles to subside. Then, turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the syrup into the gelatin.
  7. Beat in the vanilla.
  8. Gradually increase the mixer speed to high. Continue beating for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and forms a ribbon when the whisk is lifted.
  9. Scrape the mixture into the pan. Spread and smooth it out with a wet spatula.
  10. Allow the marshmallows to cool until they are no longer sticky. It takes about 4 hours. Or, cover it with aluminum foil and let it sit overnight.
  11. To cut the marshmallows, first dust the top of them with powdered sugar. 
  12. Then, dust a cutting board with powdered sugar.
  13. Next, use a rubber spatula to pull the marshmallows away from the pan. Invert the pan over the cutting board and allow the marshmallow to drop onto the board.
  14. Dust the marshmallow with more powdered sugar.
  15. Brush a long, thin knife with vegetable oil and powdered sugar so it won’t stick in the marshmallows. 
  16. Now, cut the marshmallow in the pan into 6 to 8 inch strips, depending on how big or small you want them. And then cut them crosswise.
  17. Coat the cut pieces with more powdered sugar. Remove any excess sugar.
  18. Store the marshmallows in an air-tight container. They store for up to a week.

Recipe Tip: Try using a pizza cutter instead of a sharp knife. 

Related Holidays

Here is a holiday where you can make homemade marshmallows to celebrate the day:

Toasted Marshmallow Day

National Hot Chocolate Day –  Have a mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows on top.

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