Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Homemade Marshmallows

I have been promising Vincent, my oldest to make homemade marshmallows since Christmas break. I couldn't for the life of me find unflavored gelatin at the grocery so I had to order from my trusty Amazon! I was so excited when the gelatin arrived. I actually used it for another project that I will blog about tomorrow, a face mask! But today is all about these amazing marshmallows and how to make them at home. Clearly the first step is get your hands on some unflavored gelatin. A few of my friends found it in the baking aisle haha the same one I looked in but now that I know the brand and box I bet I can't find it. Its by Knox and comes in an orange box
Here is a rundown of what you need!
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup water 
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Powdered sugar for dusting 
In your mixer combine 1/2 cup water and the gelatin. Using your whipper attachment whip the gelatin and allow to sit. It will harden but no worries because you will be adding a steaming syrup to it soon.

In a sauce pan bring to boil 1/2 cup water, the sugar and your syrup. Boil until it reaches 240 on a candy thermometer. Yes you will need a candy thermometer because a meat thermometer won't go that high haha trust me I looked. 

Once it reaches 240 take off the heat and add to the gelatin in your mixer. Add in vanilla. Whip on high until it forms a very thick mallow whip. I am talking thick. Like putty consistency. The next part is the hardest because its sticky. Powder your 9x13 pan with powdered sugar and get the marshmallow mixture to the pan! Since its sticky wet your hands to push the marshmallow into the pan. I had to wet my hands a lot but it's the best way to not become a sticky mess. Dust the top with powdered sugar and allow to dry uncovered overnight. 

Using a bread knife cut the marshmallows out. I even used scissors to help me cut them. Then place in a container. They are like crack. They are so freaking good.
We did hot cocoa with them and also just ate them as is. I did smores last night with them and they were hands down the best snores ever. The coolest part is they don't catch fire like a normal marshmallow. The outsides just turn a nice golden brown. Even if you catch them direct on fire, the fire goes away. Makes me wonder why store bought marshmallows do that? But none the less Smores with these are a MUST! 
Smores tip. Ghirardelli squares are the bomb! And cinnamon grahams. I love the Carmel squares with a toasted marshmallow on cinnamon grahams. Makes me want to jump out of bed and make one right now! 

Since its winter we make them inside on the gas stove haha. Probably not the safest way but it works. You can also microwave of bake them in your oven. Gotta do what you gotta do when the smores cravings come and there is a foot of snow outside. 

Happy Marshmallow making!
Xo

1 comment:

  1. Sounds amazing!!!! I make smores with a jumbo lighter sitting on the couch so... you're probably one up on safety with your gas stove :P.

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