I have been wanting to try my hand at making homemade marshmallows for a really long time but I’ve been intimidated by the complexity of the recipes I’ve seen. Recently I came across one that is not only simple (no candy thermometer required!) and doesn’t use corn syrup, but also uses ingredients I already have on hand. So today I’m excited to share How to Make Easy Homemade Marshmallows Recipe.
Here’s a link to the original recipe that inspired me. I made a few little changes and decided to put a twist on my flavor by adding Rose Extract. It made for an interesting flavor that actually works quite nicely with hot tea because of its floral notes. Any flavor extracts would work though, from plain (with only vanilla flavor) to other possibilities like peppermint!
Here are the ingredients I used:
- 2 tablespoons gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup + 8 tablespoons cold water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract (I really like the vanilla flavor)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons rose extract
- a few drops of food coloring
Pick a pan to pour your mix into. I used an 8″ square pan but next time I plan to use a larger, rectangular pan. I also recommend spraying your pan with cooking spray and then dusting with lots and lots of powdered sugar (I’ll use even more than you see here on my next batch!).
Now, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a large heavy saucepan and dissolve over medium heat. Add the gelatin and bring to a boil.
Once cooled add food coloring, vanilla, additional flavors (rose extract for example), salt, and and beat, beat, beat! Seriously this is going to take a minimum of 10 minutes and possibly more than fifteen! I let mine beat for a good while and I loved the dense fluffy texture.
Once it has at least doubled in volume, you are ready to pour it into the waiting pan.
Once the marshmallows are set and no longer sticky to the touch (on the outside at least) go ahead and turn the pan out onto a powdered sugar prepared cutting board.
Be sure to dust the sides of the freshly cut marshmallows in powdered sugar to keep them from sticky.
Look how creamy the tea got! It was such an interesting treat!
I’ve been laying flooring in my kitchen, dining, room and laundry room during every spare moment this last week and I’m exhausted and need a little bit of rest, but I just had to share this fun recipe with you, just in time for Valentine’s Day!! I hope you’ll give them a try!
Thank you so much for reading and sharing!