Homemade Marshmallows

You know…I expected more of you. Little Gourmet, December 1998 recipe. I wanted soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows.

Instead, I got rubbery and gelatinous. I was so disappointed. :\ I had a friend of mine taste them to see if maybe I was nuts. He said I was nuts. He said they tasted like other homemade marshmallows he’s had before. I even considered the idea that making something from scratch creates a more true taste than processed foods…like I experienced with my homemade graham crackers.

In the end, all I could say was, “These don’t taste like CoCo Sala’s homemade marshmallows.” *insert frowny face here* So here’s my plea…CoCo Sala…will you help me make better homemade marshmallows? I want them! I need them! I neeeeeeed them by this winter! For mexican hot chocolate! For sweet potato pie! For my hormonal candy binges!

Eeeep! Haaalp!

PS – This is recipe fail, numero dos here at One Bite At A Time. Mark it.

Homemade Marshmallows

Gourmet, December 1998

  • about 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup hot water (about 115°F.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.

    In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand to soften.

    In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F., about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

    With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about 6 minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer. In a large bowl with cleaned beaters beat whites (or reconstituted powdered whites) until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and sift 1/4 cup confectioners― sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours, and up to 1 day.

    Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up 1 corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and let drop onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly 1-inch cubes. Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl and add marshmallows in batches, tossing to evenly coat. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

    4 thoughts on “Homemade Marshmallows

    1. Don’t bring those marshmellows to Arizona…you might be asked for your papers if seen in public with those gelatinous bricks.

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