Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's a Marshmallow World...

I haven't completely lost my marbles. The title of this post is really a song. One my Mom used to sing all the time {and completely change the words to, in true Mom fashion}. 

Here's a little clip for your listening & viewing pleasure {plus, who really needs an excuse to watch Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin?}:


Anyway, I'm actually going somewhere with all this nostalgia. {Which, as we know, is not always the case.}

Marshmallows.

I've never been much of a marshmallow lover. You won't find me eating plain ol' marshallows right out of the bag the way you might find me licking plain ol' Nutella right off a spoon. No, ma'am. Not my style.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy marshmallows as a component of a sweet treat. Swirled into deliciously fudgy brownies; oozing from a graham cracker sandwich in a S'more; serving as the cement for a crunchy Rice Krispie treat {you KNOW I love those.} On their own? Not so much. Perhaps it's because I'm not much of a fan of gelatinous substances. {Jell-o and I are not friends.}

Regardless, when I was browsing Martha Stewart's site for edible Christmas gift ideas, I couldn't help but swoon a bit over these Peppermint Marshmallows I came across. They were just too cute.

But really... homemade marshmallows? I could just picture the sticky mess in the kitchen. An OCD nightmare.

Since I'm{almost} never deterred by a kitchen challenge, I decided to roll up my sleeves and give them a try. And since I didn't have any peppermint extract, I figured I'd try them out in plain vanilla first to see if it was worth a trip to the store eventually for the extra ingredient.

I am happy to report that not only were they shockingly easy to make* {and contain only 7 ingredients! That's if you count water and salt!}, but they have completely changed my outlook on marshmallows.


They're delicious alone.




They're amazing in hot cocoa.



And they're FABULOUS dipped in chocolate candy coating.




You will never buy marshmallows in a bag again.

I plan on making these again, and experimenting with different flavors... well... because I can. And you should, too!

*I made these with my Kitchenaid stand mixer and since I am STILL not able to remove the paddle, I did not use the whisk attachment. They still turned out, though they may have taken a few minutes longer to come together. Now, I must warn you that you can severely hurt yourself if you decide to be a little lax on safety when you are adding boiling hot sugar syrup to a machine with a spinning paddle. As always, use caution & common sense, friends!

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows
Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart.com

  • 3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

  • 1/2 cup cold water

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract & 1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)

  • Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for coating


  • 1. Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.

    2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on low at first, carefully pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin mixture. Gradually turn mixer speed up to high. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes until the mixture is thick, white, and cooled. {Will look like loose marshmallow fluff. Mostly because that's exactly what it is. Duh!}

    3. Add vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds {optional}; mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray. {I found a silicon spatula works best.} Spread gelatin mixture evenly into pan using prepared spatula. Let stand for 2 hours.

    4. Carefully lift marshmallow from pan by using the foil overhang. Remove foil and discard. Cut marshmallows into 2-inch squares using a sprayed sharp knife. Place confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Working in batches, add marshmallows to bowl and toss to coat on all sides of squares.
    

    5 comments:

    Beatsforyou.LHT said...

    Haha my mom sang that song all the time too!! These look really good. Ive never made marshmallows before but Ive been wanting too. Been looking around and these look the best so far! If they are half as good as they look in the pictures im sure my friends and family will love them! Thanks ;)

    Beatsforyou.LHT said...

    Haha my mom sang that song all the time too!! These look really good. Ive never made marshmallows before but Ive been wanting too. Been looking around and these look the best so far! If they are half as good as they look in the pictures im sure my friends and family will love them! Thanks ;)

    The Kitchen Prep said...

    Thanks! These are pretty easy and I can vouch for the fact that they're super fluffy and delicious! Let me know how they turn out for you when you make them! :)

    Beatsforyou.LHT said...

    Hello! I know its been awhile but I was finally able to make these and they came out great! I love them and so does everyone else. They are super easy to make. I can't wait to try more flavors. Thanks for the recipe!

    Dianna M. said...

    Aw! Thanks for coming back and letting me know! They are super addictive, aren't they!? Glad everyone enjoyed them!

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