Wednesday, June 6

Homemade Marshmallows

My daughter Alanna LOVES marshmallows! So for her 4th birthday I decided to try a friend's recipe for homemade marshmallows and I am glad I did - they were so easy to make and they taste so much better than the mass produced ones we buy in the store.  They are lighter, fluffier and have a hint of vanilla...YUM!

My original idea was to make a bunch and put them in a pretty bowl for her party guests but opted for individual S'mores kits instead, as one of the guests party favors.

Here are the pics of the process...the recipe is posted at the bottom of this post.

I didnt take a picture of the mixing process to get to this point but here are the marshmallows after being mixed and resting overnight to dry out.

Lifting the marshmallows out of the heavily dusted with confectioners sugar pan.  At this point the marshmallows should feel really soft, a little spongy and pliable.

Cut up into small squares and dusted once again with confectioners sugar.  They smell so good and taste even better!

Items for the S'mores kit:  Homemade marshmallows (2 each), Hershey's mini bar (2 each), Graham crackers (4 small squares each), homemade marshmallow recipe (in case the moms and dads want to try on their own), sandwich baggie (to put the marshmallows and grahams into) and a brown paper lunch bags.  Each kit was enough for 2 S'mores.  Plenty for 4 year olds.

I folded each bag over and added a personalized thank you tag that I printed on my home computer using a fun whimsical font.

Each child received a goody pail of small toy, sunglasses, raisins, bubbles, fruit roll ups and sandwich cookies along with their S'more's kit. The marshmallows were definitely a hit. I would highly recommend trying them.  I will be making another batch come winter for hot chocolate :)

Homemade Marshmallows

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Combine the gelatin and ½ cup of cold water n the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
Combine the sugar corn syrup, salt and ½ cup water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

With a sieve, generously dust and 8 x 12 inch non metal baking dish with confectioners sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top and dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.

Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’ sugar.


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