I once saw a sign that read “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallows, which is pretty much the same thing”. We feel the same way in our house, but not just any ole marshmallow will do.
True happiness is my homemade marshmallows every Christmas season. They are easy, and fun, and you can dress them up as little, or as much as you want. My family prefers them flavored with vanilla and then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with candy canes or sprinkles. You can easily substitute the vanilla for some peppermint extract and add a little red food coloring and – voila! Peppermint marshmallows. They are the creamiest marshmallows for your hot cocoa so beware, if you make these you will not want to buy store bought again!
I originally got the recipe from the food network from Alton Brown.The link to the original is here: Alton Brown homemade marshmallows. The marshmallows featured here were some I did for a “favorite things party” with some of my girlfriends.
We had a hot cocoa bar.
Can I say yum?
Killer Homemade Marhsmallows
(adapted from Alton Brown Food Network’s Homemade Marshmallow recipe)
Here’s what you’ll need:
Saucepan with lid
13×9- in dish
1/2 cup ice cold water
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (substitute a couple drops of peppermint extract here if you want peppermint flavored mallows)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. You could substitute the vanilla for a couple of drops of peppermint extract if you want peppermint flavored marshmallows. For the peppermint marshmallows I also add a couple of drops of red coloring once it is done mixing and incorporate it with a spatula to get a more marbled look. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows:
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use. For miniature marshmallows prepare a cookie sheet in the same way instead of a 13×9-inch pan.