May 15, 2016 Jameela 6Comment

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
  • 1cup of cold water
  • 1teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

I gathered my ingredients

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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!