A long time ago, I wrote a post on making your own marshmallows. Why would you make your own when it only costs a few dollars for a huge bag? It’s a completely valid question and the answer is easy – because it’s super fun!
Today is Valentine’s Day and to celebrate, I made a batch of fluffy pink marshmallows for all my loves – hubby and the girls.
There many marshmallows recipes readily available online and in cookbooks. If you look closely, you’ll find that most of them are quite similar. I recently purchased the Butter Baked Goods book and decided to use the famous Homemade Marshmallow recipe.
I highly recommend the recipe book. The recipes are simple and easy to follow and the book itself is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous photos and great tips throughout!
Not ready to invest in another cookbook? Here is a modified recipe that I have previously tried and tested. The results are pretty much the same as the Butter marshmallows (in my humble opinion of course)!
Pink Peppermint Marshmallows
- 3 envelopes gelatin (I used Knox)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2/3 cup corn or light syrup
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp mint/peppermint extract*
- 2 drops of red food colouring
- icing sugar
1. Butter a 9 x 13 pan (prevents 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 starting with low speed and increasing to high once the syrup begins to thicken. Continuing whipping on high for 10 minutes or until mixture is thick, white and fluffy. Add mint extract* and food colouring. Whip for another 2 minutes until colour is well incorporated.
5. Use a lightly oiled spatula to scrape marshmallow batter into prepared 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 but I’m sure they will all be eaten up quickly.
*If you don’t care for mint marshmallows you may use pure Vanilla extract instead.
Making your own marshmallows is easy and fun and the results are delicious! You will never go back to eating the generic bagged variety once you have tried making and eating your own.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Until next time…happy crafting!
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