Kim and Thi's Excellent Cooking Adventures

Homemade Marshmallows make for great holiday gifts! (hint: Valentine’s day)

Posted in Dessert, Uncategorized by kimandthi on January 18, 2010

Homemade marshmallows made for excellent Christmas gifts in December, and they’re also great for the upcoming holiday! If you like to show your affection through sweets and baking, then this is a pretty awesome recipe.

The process was so simple, and they came out great–though we had a lot of technical difficulties. One: we had no candy or meat thermometer. This didn’t turn out to be be much a problem. BUT, two: the egg beater which we used to beat the marshmallows died about 2 minutes into whipping (from overheating we may assume). Hand-mixing marshmallow goo is quite a tiring task, folks. However, it turned out just fine in the end.

Almost too cute to eat!


Burnt marshmallow-y goodness. Nothing beats it. We were both snacking on s’mores and marshmallows all throughout winter break. It was well worth the calories and sugar and 5 pounds weight gain.

S’mores boxes! Pack in each box a few classic Hershey’s chocolate bars, graham crackers, and homemade marshmallows. A delicious and toasty gift.

We covered one batch with regular powdered sugar, and another batch with cinnamon sugar (!!). There are so many variations one can do with this recipe! To prepare the s’mores, we skewered them with bamboo sticks, and stuck them over a gas stove until the outside was all burnt and yummy. Yes, it was a very traditional setting (I’m sure they would have been awesome with a real campfire). We also smeared graham crackers with Nutella spread instead of chocolate…my god.

Fresh marshmallows. Dooo it.

Homemade Marshmallows
Credits to SA forums

3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz each)
1/2 cup cold water

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup (Europeans should look for Golden syrup, Karo syrup, or refiner’s syrup as a substitute)
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (some say a teaspoon is more accurate)

Confectioners'(powdered) sugar for dredging

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for 10 minutes. (NOTE: egg beaters work fine for this)

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. Add vanilla and incorporate into mixture. Scrape into a 9 x 9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. (Note: Lightly oil hands and spatula or bowl scraper). After pouring marshmallow mixture into the pan, take another piece of plastic wrap and press mixture into the pan.

Let mixture sit for a few hours. Remove from pan, dredge the marshmallow slab with confectioners’ sugar and cut into 12 equal pieces with scissors (the best tool for the job) or a chef’s knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners’ sugar.

Store in an airtight container.

Kim and Thi


5 Responses

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  1. Lucy said, on February 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    wow. you have an amazing blog!!
    and you go to UCSD? what year are you?

    • kimandthi said, on February 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      Aw thanks! Your blog is awesome as well! I’m a 3rd year. You?

  2. Lucy said, on February 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I’m a second year! you should definitely teach me how to cook. I’m new at this. haha

  3. Dimah said, on March 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Wow! Your marshmallows look so good!

  4. the urban baker said, on December 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

    there is really nothing better than homemade marshmallows! yum.

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