Homemade Marshmallows

Marshmallows and Halloween just seem to go together. I guess the fires burning outside at night are just crying out for marshmallows to be toasted in them. I never liked marshmallows much until I stated making my own. They are very easy to make and quite a lot of fun.

First you line a 9x12 inch pan with parchment paper. Then make sure to oil the paper or spray it with Pam.

You need a box of unflavored gelatine.

Dump four packs of gelatine into the bowl of your mixer.

Pour 3 cups of granulated sugar into a heavy pot on the stove. Add 1/4 tsp. of salt.

Measure out 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup.

Pour the corn syrup into the sugar in the pot and add 3/4 of a cup of water. Stir this mixture to blend.

Cook this over high heat until it reaches 238 degrees. Don't stir it. It should take about 9 minutes to reach this temperature.

While that mixture is cooking, pour 3/4 cup of water into the gelatine in your mixing bowl.

As soon as the sugar mixture reaches 238 degrees, remove it from the heat and drizzle it slowly into the gelatine with the mixer on low speed.

Gradually increase the speed on the mixer to high. This will need to beat for about 9 minutes.

Measure out 3 tsp. of vanilla. I also make my own vanilla. It is much cheaper than store bought and the quality is much better.

When the marshmallow begins to thicken, add the vanilla.

Continue to beat on high.

It will become very white and very thick.

Pour it into the oiled pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Let this sit for at least 3 hours.

After 3 hours the marshmallows are ready to be finished.

Sprinkle confectioners sugar over the top and spread additional confectioners sugar over waxed paper on your counter top.

Lift the marshmallow out of the pan by grabbing the ends of the parchment paper and flip the marshmallow over on top of the powdered sugar.

Sprinkle more powdered sugar over the entire block.

Make sure to cover all of the exposed surfaces.

Spray a sharp knife with Pam and cut strips of marshmallow from the block.

Roll each cube in additional confectioners sugar. If you think I am looking a bit messy here you would be right. I am totally covered with confectioners sugar! It's the only time in my life that I look angelic.

Continue until all the marshmallows are covered in confectioners sugar and then pack them away in an airtight container and go build a fire!!!!

Halloween may now officially begin!

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I bet they're yummy when toasted!
~Wendy~ said…
Ohhh! I am on my way over for some of your home made marshmallows!!
for The Gothic Tea Society
Birgit said…
Oh, can I hop into the next plane and fly to you for some homemade marshmallows? They look DELICIOUS! :)

-- Birgit
Diane said…
until the other day i didn't even know it was possible to make your own marshmallows!

now, you say easy, but this is a bit complicated for me. i don't even have some of the equipment you have... but i'd be happy to give you my address so you could just send me some :)
Rue said…
That's so great! I think I could do this with my neices! I think there's a campfire in my future...
oh my goodness it does look messy but it also looks so good... I ate homemade marshmellows once and they were wonderful.. Had no idea they were this easy... thank you so much for sharing the recipe... now... will you share your recipe for home made vanilla? I am vanilla freak.. would probably help if I could make my own....
I does look good :-) I think I´ll have to find a swedish recepi for that. I have no idea what corn syrup is :-)
Have a great day now!
Pricilla said…
I made them once before and they are very yummy!
Toria said…
I make marshmallows as well, they are so yummy & easy. Different recipe to you (no corn syrup in mine), but I'm sure they all taste similar. I roll mine in toasted dessicated coconut though.
Anet said…
I'd love to hear your vanilla recipe also!
clairedulalune said…
Ohhh I didnt know there was a marshmallows recipes? Thank you for this, I think i am going to get very messy with this one!!
Raven_Nightwind said…
This takes me back, my husband used knox to hold his mowhawk up when we were kids. These look so good! I truly enjoy your blog, keep up the interesting posts.
I am new to your blog-- it is fantastic!!!!!
And thank you for giving info on the give away-- I had never heard of the practice for Halloween....
And home made marshmellows---OMG yum!!!
Laura said…
You make your own vanilla? You have to share!


Hibiscus Moon said…
How fun! I've never made marshmallows before. YAy!
Jennifer said…
How neat, thank you for the recipe! Now I am in the mood for toasted marshmallows!

I gave you an award on my blog because your blog is so full of wonderful pictures and stories but please don't feel obligated to pass it on if you don't want too.
Judith said…
OK sweetie, time for an intervention.... marshmellows come in bags... bags... cheap...easy...may not taste as good.... but you don't have to make them! GIGGLE
William Bezek said…
And just how many hours are the kids high from all that sugar?
William Bezek said…
You might like to try an authentic recipe, Marshmallow root is very good for you while corn syrup is very bad!

2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup raw cane sugar
1 tbsp powdered Marshmallow (root)

Whip egg whites until almost stiff. Add vanilla and whip until stiff.
Then whip in the sugar, 1 tsp at the time. Finally, add Marshmallow and
whip again. Place by teaspoonfull on cookie sheet. Bake in 325 oven
for 1 hour.
Tammie Lee said…
yum, I have never made marshmallows, but you are inspiring me! I am here from Mrs. B's.
Tammie Lee said…
This is a wonderful Halloween post, thank you.