The other day I came across a recipe for homemade marshmallows. (OurBestBites.com) Since I was in the midst of finals I took a much needed break to have some fun! This is definitely something you could do with kids...certain steps of it at least. They would have a blast.
These are super easy! Only catch: you'll need a candy thermometer.
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 C ice water, divided
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C light corn syrup
1/4 t kosher salt
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/4 C corn starch
1/4 C powdered sugar
First, add the gelatin packets to a stand mixer.
(Yes, you can use a hand mixer. However, this is about a 12-15 minute beating process. Be sure to have a super haus hand mixer and reinforcements for when you get tired of mixing.)
Then add 1/2 c ice water. Stir until mixed, then set aside.
In a medium saucepan 1/2 c ice water, corn syrup, salt, and sugar. Stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Clip candy thermometer to pan.
Leave mixture on low heat until it reaches 245 degrees, stirring occasionally. This will take about 15-20 minutes. You do not want to quickly raise the tempurature to 245. The process needs to be gradual. When it reaches 245, remove from heat.
Turn the mixer to low speed and
Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the gelatin.
If you get lazy and rush this process you will only have yourself to blame for the steaming burn developing on your hand.
Then turn the mixer up to med-high for 12-15 minutes. If you've got a stand mixer...read a book, watch tv, talk on the phone. If you've got a hand mixer, yell for back up. In the last couple minutes add the vanilla.
Prepare a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. Then combine the powdered sugar and corn starch. Coat bottom and sides of pan with mixture. Save excess.
When marshmallow fluff is ready, pour it into the 9x13 pan. It's gonna be sticky so beware!
My best advice is to spray a spatula over and over with nonstick spray as you spread the marshmallow fluff throughout the pan. My next advice is to eat some of the marshmallow fluff. Mmmmm...it's soo good by itself. Better yet, try it with peanut butter and graham crackers.
Let it sit for an hour, then sprinkle the top of the fluff with a dash or two of cornstarch mixture. Continue to let the marshmallows firm overnight or 5-6 hours.
When they are ready, turn the pan over and pop the marshmallow out.
Then cut your marshmallows however you choose. For this round I stuck to squares.
However, you can totally go all out with cookie cutters! How cute would that be?!?! With the scraps, cut them into mini marshmallows=)
If you want to take your marshmallows to the next level I suggest a couple options:
1. Dip them in chocolate
2. Sprinkle toffee bits, peppermints, etc. on top of chocolate
3. Mix up the marshmallow flavors: add peppermint extract instead of vanilla, add cocoa powder for chocolate marshmallows (4 T), or try food coloring