My FAVORITE Homemade Marshmallows

September 4, 2015
With their ultra-fluffiness and intensely-delicious vanilla flavor, Homemade Marshmallows are one confection I highly recommend for your cooking bucket list.  They are completely-and-totally worth the homemade time and effort!
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 Homemade Marshmallows Image ~ their ultra-fluffiness is TOTALLY a treat worth the homemade time & effort!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Have you ever made homemade bagels?  I have.  Once.  And only once.

Then homemade bagels very quickly went on my "things it's not worth the effort to make from scratch" list.  I don't know about you, but I personally don't care to spend hours and hours making boiled lumps of rock-hard dough balls.

See, some things are just not worth the time and effort to make yourself when there are perfectly good versions available at the store.

Bagels? ... Definitely fall into that category.

But marshmallows?


Homemade Marshmallows are one confection I highly recommend for your cooking bucket list.  They are completely-and-totally worth the homemade time and effort!

Now, that's  a completely different story!
Despite there being perfectly-puffy-and-wonderful bags of marshmallow yumminess available for us to easily buy at the store, homemade  marshmallows are 142% completely-and-totally worth the homemade time and effort.

With their ultra-fluffiness and intensely-delicious vanilla flavor, Homemade Marshmallows are one confection I highly recommend for your cooking bucket list.

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For me, nothing compares to the taste and texture of Homemade Marshmallows.  It's truly a marshmallow lover's dream.

I was first introduced to them about 15 years ago when a friend made me a big tin-full at Christmas time.  I had never heard of making homemade marshmallows at that point in my life, and must say ... didn't even know it was possible.

One bite, and I was hooked.  I mean, utterly and completely in love.

Not long after that Christmas, I decided I needed to conquer this new-to-me make-at-home confection.  Armed with my friend's recipe that she graciously shared, I set about whipping up my very own  batch of homemade marshmallows.

And utterly and completely failed.

Nothing compares to the taste and texture of homemade marshmallows.  It's truly a marshmallow lover's dream.

What was supposed to be ethereally-light-and-fluffy pillows of vanilla deliciousness turned into a sloppy, goopy, inedible mess.

Where had I gone wrong??  My batch bore zero resemblance to the beautiful homemade marshmallows my friend had so lovingly created.

While to this day I'm not 100% sure where I went wrong, I chock my complete-marshmallow-failure up to being too "timid" in my marshmallow making ... not cooking the sugar syrup to quite a high enough temperature because I was afraid of burning it ... and not whipping the sugar syrup-gelatin mixture long enough because I was afraid of the ever-growing mass of white ... both mistakes which can lead to the marshmallows not setting up as they should.

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Oh, and I also somewhat fault my use of a hand mixer.

While I do believe you can be successful making homemade marshmallows with a hand mixer, I have since learned that a stand mixer makes it much easier {& less time consuming} to whip the marshmallow to the proper texture.  {Which, as I learned the hard way, is very important.}

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Once the marshmallow mixture is {properly} whipped, it's allowed to set up and dry overnight.

And then, along with the help of lots of confectioners' sugar, can be cut into those fabulously-soft-and-tender, melt-in-your-mouth delicious homemade marshmallows I love and covet so much.

 How to Make Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows Image

Now, for an extra-extra-special treat, you can cut Homemade Marshmallows into shapes ... like hearts ... with a small cookie cutter {I recommend small metal cookie cutters} ...

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... and serve those extra-special shapes up in a scrumptious mug of hot chocolate.  So cute, don't you think?

But whether in extra-special shapes or "regular" cubes, I think you'll love the ultra-fluffiness and intensely-delicious vanilla flavor of Homemade Marshmallows as much as I do.

So if you haven't tackled this homemade confection before, be sure to put them on your cooking bucket list.  If you're a marshmallow lover, you'll be so glad you did!

Heart Shaped Homemade Marshmallows Image



Homemade Marshmallows
Source:  Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Allow to sit while you prepare the sugar syrup.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup cold water. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Raise heat to high and cook until the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  3. Remove sugar syrup from the heat. With the mixer on low speed and fitted with the whisk attachment, slowly pour sugar syrup into the gelatin. Turn mixer up to high speed and whip until very thick, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  4. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13" glass baking dish with plastic wrap. Spray plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray and dust generously with confectioners' sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into prepared pan, smooth the top, and dust top with more confectioners' sugar.
  5. Allow marshmallows to stand uncovered overnight to dry.
  6. Turn marshmallows out onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut marshmallow into 1-inch wide strips. Cut strips into 1-inch squares. Roll cut sides in confectioners' sugar.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 or 4 days. If marshmallows become sticky, remove the container lid for a bit to allow marshmallows to dry.
Enjoy!

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25 comments

  1. I have never attempted making my own marshmallows. One of my son's moms gave some out last year for Christmas, and wow! What a taste! I gotta try this one day. Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. That's exactly what I thought the first time I had homemade marshmallows ... WOW! They are indeed delicious, aren't they?

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  2. These have been on my to make list forever but I've always wondered if they were worth the effort. Thanks for the write up because now they just moved to the top of the list. Can't wait to make them!

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    1. Go for it, Erin! Homemade marshmallows truly are a wonderful treat.

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  3. Thanks so much the recipe, pinned and making some this winter for sure!

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  4. Homemade marshmallows are definitely on my bucket list. Maybe this year!

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  5. OMG these are so delicious, thank you so much for the recipe! I made them as part homemade S'more kits for my son's last day of school.

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    1. Oh yay!!!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!! Thank you so much for stopping back by to let me know. And homemade S'more kits? ... those sound totally yummy.

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  6. Have you tried making these with any Marshmallow Root extract? This is how Marshmallows were originally made and why they are wonderful for sore throats. It gives them that soft, silky mouthfeel. Today's grocery store marshmallows don't include it anymore, but you can find it in the ones at whole foods, health foods, and organic foods stores sometimes... I'd like to include it when I try this recipe, but I'm sure I'll mess it all up without direction!

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  7. How many marshmallows does this recipe yield? thinking about making these for a holiday treat exchange!

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    1. It's a 9x13" pan ... so it just depends on how big you choose to cut them.

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  8. These sound great! Have you ever tried freezing the uneaten ones?

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  9. I've had trouble making candy before as we're at a higher altitude, do you know if I should adjust the temperature I cook the marshmallows to to adjust for the change in altitude?

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    1. 240° is considered "soft ball" stage. You can check this by dripping some in a cup of cold water; if it immediately forms a soft caramel feel, you're there. If it immediately hardens and cracks, you've gone to hot and are at hard candy stage.

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  10. Thank you for this, I made them for the holidays and they came out amazing!

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  11. Hello, Tracy, I'd love to try your fabulous marshmallows, but being a foreigner I'd like to know the amount of gelatine in grams, as we have granulated gelatin over here.

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  12. Can you use these for Smores just as the store bought marshmallows?

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    1. You know, I've never tried roasting homemade marshmallows ... but I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Give it a try!!

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  13. I don't have corn syrup where I live. what can I use instead? I found recipes that say corn syrup are just reduced sugar and water?! my daughter loves marshmallows and I want to make them for her at home. store bought ones are so unhealthy

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  14. Making some right now for some Christmas gifts with some Hot Cocoa and cute mugs! :) I'll let you know what we think. :) We are adding some color as well to make them christmasie

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  15. I am wondering if there is a quicker way to have these marshmallows ready same day?

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  16. What should the consistency be like when I'm done whipping? I want to make sure I whip long enough.

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  17. You say to let sit overnight but do you know the actual amount of hours? Cuz if I make them at 7 am or if I make them at 9 pm it's going to be very different. Haha

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  18. You are my favourite chef. I love coming here and follow your nice recipes. It make my family's meals. Thank you!

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