Homemade, all-natural marshmallows are full of fun, squishy childishness. Unless you've made them before, you may have wondered how marshmallows get their mysteriously fun pillow-y properties. Marshmallows are in a category of strange uniqueness rivaling that of the silly grey putty that comes in colored plastic eggs, gooey green play slime, and gelatin dessert. Make these natural marshmallows yourself to find out just what makes a marshmallow. My husband spied the peppermint extract when he was searching for the vanilla, and he came up with this new fun flavor for homemade natural minty marshmallows. Try them his way, with a hint-of-mint, or traditional vanilla flavor. Delicious floating in a warm glass of milk or cocoa, or just as they are.
Our children couldn't wait to cut the marshmallows into all sorts of shapes with cookie cutters. Our daughters painted the firefly shapes shown with a clean paintbrush using natural food dyes. These marshmallows would also be a fun activity for birthday guests to decorate at a party or to send to school with your child as a fun birthday snack alternative to cupcakes. They would make a uniquely unforgettable classroom cooking project or a cool school lunch box surprise. Try them in our minty marshmallow hot cocoa recipe!
traditional vanilla or minty marshmallows recipe
9 x 13 inch pan
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Pour 1/2 cup water into a stand mixer bowl. Sprinkle in gelatin, which looks like sparkling fairy dust. Gelatin is the key to the magic of marshmallows. The mysterious magic of marshmallows has begun!
Mix other 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt in a small saucepan. Cover and cook on medium high 3 minutes. Take lid off. Cook until 240 degrees F, about 7 minutes. Then remove from heat.
Use a stand mixer on low with a whisk attachment. While mixing, slowly pour the saucepan contents down the inside of the bowl into the gelatin. Switch to high when you've poured it all in. Whir it around until really thick, about 15 minutes. Add the peppermint when it's almost done mixing. M-m-m smells yummy now. We couldn't help standing over the mixture and smelling the minty warmness. This is when the kids kept pulling off bits of warm, squishy sweetness to sample.
Lightly spray a 9 by 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Save rest of the powder mixture for the next step.
Pour the marshmallow goo into the pan. Even it out with a spatula sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle a little more of the powdered sugar cornstarch mix on top. Keep the pan uncovered for a few hours or overnight.
Cut marshmallows with cookie cutters. Eat as is or use a clean paintbrush and natural food dye to paint color onto your marshmallow shapes. Store in a sealed container... after you've tried some in our minty marshmallow hot cocoa recipe! ©heather cahoon • wordplayhouse®