I ‘ve been making homemade marshmallows for almost five years and I’m finally writing a post about it! In the last five years I’ve made chocolate, lemon and peppermint marshmallows to name a few. But wait, let’s back up. I had the idea to make homemade marshmallows after flipping through a Christmas gift catalogue. I thought to myself, instead of buying marshmallows, I bet I can make them. It was as simple as finding a recipe online and I have been making marshmallows ever since!
I hope you’re up to the challenge and will try these yummy homemade marshmallows. Trust me, once you make your own marshmallows you’ll be hooked and think twice about buying store bought ones again! Another bonus, these homemade marshmallows will make outstanding s’mores! Trust me. :-)
Tamara’s Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows. Yum!
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows adapted from Barefoot Contessa
Stand mixer with a whisk attachment
Medium heavy saucepan
8 x 12 inch non-metal baking pan
3 packages of unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Place the gelatin in the mixing bowl with 1/2 cup of the water and let sit until the syrup is made.
For the syrup combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water in the saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat to high, insert the candy thermometer and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees. Once the syrup reaches the desired temperature, slowly pour the syrup into the mixing bowl, and mix on low speed. Gradually increase the mixer speed to high and let mix for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick. Add the vanilla a few minutes before you finish making the mixture.
Line baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray then dust with the confectioners sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture in the pan, smoothing the top out. Dust with more confectioners sugar. Let the mixture sit uncovered overnight.
Once the marshmallows have set overnight, turn them over onto a cutting board dusted with confectioners sugar and cut into squares. *to keep the marshmallows from sticking, spray your knife with cooking spray while cutting*
The marshmallows can be stored in a sealed container for up to a week( if they stay around that long!)