Making marshmallows...now, that's a sticky, sticky job. Are you up for it? We've got 8 easy steps for you to follow to make some pretty fantastic home-made marshmallows!
We'll warn you now...don't try and scrape the bowl with your fingers before you're entirely done pouring your marshmallows in the pan. This isn't your average batter that can easily be licked clean. The white fluffy mixture may look innocent enough but it's like silly string on steroids if you happen to touch it. Don't do that.
There are two recipes that you can follow - one using egg whites and one that doesn't. We prefer the recipe without the egg whites. If you have an egg allergy in your home, you'll want to use the recipe below.
Here is what you'll need:
Stand mixer, candy thermometer, water, gelatin, corn syrup, sugar, salt, vanilla (or other flavoring if you want to try flavored marshmallows)
Here is a basic egg-free marshmallow recipe:
2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
powdered sugar for dusting
Step 1: Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup of water in a heavy saucepan and stir; place over low heat and cover 5 minutes. Uncover and heat to 240°
Step 2: Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an stand mixer with whisk attachment. Let the gelatin set up approximately 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add the boiled mixture from the saucepan to the mixture in the stand mixer on low speed to start. Then increase to high speed.
Step 4: Beat on high speed until the mixture is thickened and white; and has almost tripled in volume, about 10-12 minutes. Add vanilla or other flavoring just to incorporate.
Step 5: Generously dust a 9 x 9 inch pan with powdered sugar.
Step 6: Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. You can use a damp spoon to spread the mixture in the pan. Let stand several hours or overnight.
We topped our marshmallow with chocolate chips...this adds a fun, sweet and crunchy texture. If you decide to add toppings to your marshmallows, this is the time to do that. Add toppings after you've poured the marshmallow batter into the pan.
You should dust the top of your marshmallows with powdered sugar to ease the stickiness when handling later.
Step 7: Cut and enjoy! Using powdered sugar on your knife will make cutting easier.