I love hot chocolate! I have been known to take trips to the grocery store at 10:30PM in the name of hot chocolate. Naturally, hot chocolate and marshmallows are a match made in heaven. My heaven.
I probably have 30 or 40 marshmallows in each (very large) cup of hot chocolate. I buy at least 3 or 4 bags of the fluffy, white, sugary pillows every month. I can’t drink hot chocolate without them! One day I thought to myself “I can make marshmallows. How hard can it be?!” I went to the almighty internet and Googled marshmallow recipes and set to work. I knew I wanted nice, fluffy, square marshmallows. I wanted to make marshmallows just like the gourmet ones that they sell for $9 ($9 Canadian dollars, so around $7 USD). I was so excited!
This is the recipe I found for 12 marshmallows
- 2 tablespoons of gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
- 8 tablespoons of cold water
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup of cold water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
I gathered my ingredients
Then set to work!
Homemade Marshmallow Recipe Steps
1. Dust an 8- or 9-inch square pan with powdered sugar. Set aside. I used a large glass bowl after consulting with my mom.
2. In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tbsp cold water. Set aside.
3. Combine granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a large heavy saucepan.
4. Cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved.
5. Add gelatin and bring to a boil.
5. Remove from heat. Pour into a large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool. I had to use the biggest bowl in my mom’s kitchen.
6. Add salt and vanilla extract.
7. Beat with an electric mixer until soft and double in volume. About 10-15 minutes. I beat the life out of this mixture. It ended up getting all over the counter, my camera, and it flew about 3 feet onto my computer which was perched on the eating bar. I spent days after finding little spots of sticky goo in odd places.
8. Pour into prepared pan to about 1/2 inch thick. Pouring this concoction was a feat in and of itself. As you can see from the photo in the video. I put half in cupcake tins and the other half in that glass bowl. I had way too much goo mixture for just the glass bowl.
9. Set to cool until it will not stick to your finger. I let these suckers cool overnight. They were still kind of sticky to the touch when I woke up in the morning.
10. Cut into 1.5-inch pieces and roll in powdered sugar. I just plucked some of them out of the cupcake container. I never got around to cutting them because of step 11…
11. Go to the store and buy marshmallows. My marshmallows were horrible. I had to take them out of my hot chocolate and throw them away. They were overly sweet and melted way too quickly. It was so disappointing. So, so disappointing. A fail for sure!
This recipe seems easy, and it probably is. I guess it isn’t an easy recipe for me! That’s okay. I suppose it makes more sense for me to spend five dollars and ten minutes at the grocery store than suffer through making sub-par marshmallows.
If you know of any awesome handmade marshmallows in Calgary let me know!