A few weeks back, I saw a recipe for making marshmallows and I was thinking about my upcoming camping trip and it just clicked...I was going to try making marshmallows! This is not something I had ever done and up until that moment...I don't think it was something I had ever considered. My boyfriend Jeff suggested that I try making one of his favorite flavors...mint. They turned out amazing! And the s'mores...just imagine a minty-chocolatey s'more....its the best thing ever!
If you have a stand mixture, this is probably the best way to go for mixing it. The handhelds really don't have quite enough power. I used my handheld and it worked but I worried that it wouldn't make it. Also, the stand mixture is stable so its much more safe to pour the boiling sugar into the gelatin (I'm getting ahead of myself... but this will all make sense here in a bit.)
As for flavors...I think you could try anything you want! Let me know if you come up with something amazing!
Servings: 40ish 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" marshmallows
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 3 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or any flavoring of your choice
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1. Line a 9x13 pan with foil. Coat with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a heavy bowl (the bowl you will ultimately end up mixing the marshmallow mixture in) add 1/2 cup of the cold water and the gelatin. Set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the regular sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup cold water. Dissolve sugar over a medium low heat. Once dissolved, add candy thermometer to the side of the pan and increase the heat and bring to a boil. Boil until it reaches 240ºF. Do not stir while boiling.
4. The next step is to very slowly mix the boiling sugar mixture into the gelatin water mixture that has been off to the side. You will want to have it set to a low speed and mix it in slowly. Then you will increase the speed and mix for about 15 minutes. The texture will get very thick. After about 15 minutes you can add the flavoring in and then mix for 30 seconds longer.
5. Next, you will put the marshmallow mixture into the pan. If you wet the spatula you can smooth out the top of the mixture. This will be a bit of a gooey mess! Set this aside for 3-4 hours to firm up.
6. You will need a work surface that is at least as large as the pan of marshmallows (you will be flipping the pan over onto it) and you will need to be able to cut the marshmallows on the surface as well. Mix the starch and powdered sugar together. Dust your work surface with the starch and sugar mixture. Flip the pan of marshmallows onto the surface and peel the foil off the back. Dust all the exposed edges with the sugar-starch. Cut the marshmallow into squares. Coating your knife with non-stick spray will definitely help! As you cut out marshmallows, make sure to dust all the sticky sides with the sugar-starch mixture.
7. Now go make amazing s'mores!