There is nothing that reminds me of childhood more than these easy Homemade Marshmallows. With all the flavor you expect, made at home and in any shape you want – these are a great fun treat to make with kids. They are inexpensive, easy, fun, and delicious. Just what you want and need in a fun snack.
To make your own homemade marshmallows, there are jut a few basic ingredients. In fact, the only thin you might not have on hand already is the unflavored gelatin. If you want to kick things up a bit, you could really use any gelatin for flavor. I especially love the idea of making them with kids and the kids creating multiple flavors. A fun addition is the fact that adding flavored gelatin also gives them a unique color!
Blend together 1/2 cup water, salt, and gelatin in a large bowl. I prefer using the large bowl from my stand mixer as it makes the rest of the process simple.
Combine the last half cup of water with the sugar and corn syrup in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring frequently bring mixture to a boil. Use a candy thermometer to test. It will be ready when it reaches 240 degrees. If you do not have a candy thermometer wait for the mixture to reach the soft ball stage.
Slowly and carefully pour the hot syrup over the gelatin mixture and, with the stand mixer, mix on low. When all of the mixture is in the bowl, turn the mixer on its highest speed and mix for 8 minutes. Add vanilla and mix for 2 more minutes. The vanilla is quite strong with the given amount, so I would suggest adding a little less if you are not a “vanilla” person.
After mixing for the amount of time specified, your mixture should look like this:
Next, spread mixture in a greased baking sheet with sides and allow to cool for 4 hours or overnight.
Lastly, Combine powdered sugar and corn starch in a shallow pan. Cut marshmallows in desired shape and coat them in the powdered sugar mixture. Best if consumed within 1 month.
For added fun, you can decorate these homemade marshmallows with icing or candy bits to make them look like any holiday theme you prefer. This is a great way for kids to have fun helping you. They will love cutting the marshmallows into shape and helping you decorate them.
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