Making your own marshmallows is really easy and my first attempt went rather smoothly. So, I’m happy to present to you the kitchen-tested how to guide complete with photos and detailed instructions.
- 3 envelopes Knox Gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- icing sugar
1. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by lining it with plastic wrap. Here’s a tip: Plastic wrap sticks really well against glassware vs. non-stick bakeware. Rub a small amount of vegetable or canola oil onto the plastic wrap line pan. This will prevent the marshmallow from sticking.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Allow gelatin to absorb while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat and pour boiling syrup into the gelatin. Add salt and beat for 12 minutes or until mixture is thick, white and fluffy. *DIY GIRL TIP*: Whip at low speed until syrup thickens. Once syrup begins to thicken, whip at high speed until marshmallow is thick and fluffy.
5. Use a lightly oiled spatula to scrape marshmallow batter into the plastic wrap lined pan. Spread evenly. Cover marshmallow with another piece of plastic wrap and press mixture into the pan. Let sit for 3-4 hours or even overnight.
6. Dust a clean cutting board with icing sugar. Turn out the marshmallow and sprinkle more icing sugar on top. Use a sharp knife to cute marshmallow into 1-1 1/2 inch squares. Lightly dust your knife with icing sugar if you find the blade sticking to the marshmallows.
7. Lightly roll each marshmallow square with icing sugar and store in an airtight container. The marshmallows will keep for a few weeks.
This was a fun culinary project that I would definitely make again. My husband was the one that found the recipe in a magazine at work and suggested I try it out. The original recipe was from What’s Up?, a Canadian Family Magazine. Of course I had to tweak it a bit because I never seem to be satisfied with half the recipes I discover. Next time I will involve my kids…well maybe one of my kids. This might be too much fun for my one year old if you know what I mean!
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