In specialty stores lately, I have seen homemade marshmallows being sold and this intrigued me. I had never really thought about making them because I would always just buy a bag of them from the grocery store. So I thought, “why not? This could be fun and I’m curious!” Plus it is summer and this could make the average s’mores even better when by the camp fire. Overall I found them pretty quick to make and that they tasted better the next day.
1 cup cold water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Powdered Sugar to coat the Marshmallows
Vegetable oil to grease the pan
Cut a piece of waxed paper to line the bottom of a 9Ã—13 inch pan and grease the sheet and sides of the pan. (This can be more easily done by inverting the bottom of the pan cutting the proper size sheet)
In a mixing bowl place 1/2 Cup of water and the three packages of gelatin. In a pot add sugar, corn syrup, rest of water over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved and comes to a boil. At this point you may turn the heat to high and with a candy thermometer bring the mixture to 240 degrees (soft ball stage) It is key when making candies to make sure get the temperature correct otherwise the candy does not come out well. It will either be too soft or too hard.
Once it has reached 240 pour the mixture in mixing bowl and beat for about ten minutes on high. Mixture will be come white and fluffy add vanilla at this time.
Now pour the marshmallow into greased pan and spread evenly. Let stand for about five to seven hours before cutting.
When cutting into desired sizes grease the knife and keep cleaning of the marshmallow. After marshmallow cubes are made, lightly coat them with powdered sugar and keep in an air tight container.
When making these I decided to dip some of them in melted chocolate and it was very tasty.