I’ve been meaning to try making marshmallows for some time now and in my quest to make some new and exciting holiday treats this year I finally decided to go for it. If you’ve never made marshmallows before, they are a little bit time consuming but really very simple to do and a really eye catching and yummy treat to add to your usual holiday goodie tray!
Homemade Holiday Marshmallows
Makes a 9×13 pan of marshmallows
- 1 cup of cold water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of unflavoured gelatin (which equals 1 1/2 packages)
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of corn syrup (light not gold)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
- red or green food coloring
In a large saucepan combine the other 1/2 cup of water, corn syrup, salt and granulated sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil (still using low heat) and let boil, without stirring, for 30 minutes or until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees (soft ball).
Remove from heat and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the bowl with the gelatin while beating (with your whisk attachment if using a stand mixer) on low. Turn mixer to high speed and continue to beat for another 10 minutes or until it is white and fluffy and has about tripled in volume. Add the peppermint extract (optional) and continue to beat for another minute.
Pour into your greased pan. Wet your hands with water and smooth the top of the mixture. Place a few dots of food coloring randomly on top (optional) and take a table knife and pull through the top creating swirl patterns with the food coloring.
Set aside, uncovered for at least 8 hours.
Dust a cutting board with a little icing sugar. Put the remainder of the sugar in a small bowl. Remove the marshmallow from the pan by lifting out the tin foil. Remove foil and place marshmallow on the cutting board. Using a sharp knife that has been buttered or sprayed with cooking spray cut your marshmallow into 1 inch squares (or whatever size you want). You will have to grease your knife several times until it is all cut. The bottoms and sides of the squares will be sticky. Dust them with icing sugar by dipping them into the bowl of sugar.
These will keep for up to 3 weeks. Just make sure you store them in an air tight container at room temperature (or a slightly cool location if you have one).
These are delicious on their own served with the rest of your holiday goodies. They are also divine with hot chocolate or dipped in melted chocolate.