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The perfect hot cocoa deserves to be topped with a perfect Homemade Marshmallow! Not one of those plastic-tasting store-bought gummy things.
Homemade marshmallows are silky, light, fluffy, perfection, and they are NOT hard to make! You’ll never want another store-bought marshmallow again.
1. Put sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil (rolling boil) without stirring, for one full minute, or until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of your electric mixer; sprinkle gelatin into the water. Let sit to soften for 5 minutes.
3. Slowly pour hot sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture with the mixer on low speed. Gradually raise the speed to high. Beat for approximately 6 minutes. Slowly add vanilla extract. Beat on high for another 5-6 minutes, until very stiff peaks form (approximately 10-12 minutes total whipping time).
4. Pour and spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Allow to sit uncovered for approximately three hours until they firm up. (I often just leave it out overnight.)
5. Sprinkle powdered sugar onto your work surface. Un-mold your marshmallow slab onto the powdered sugar. Cut into squares or use decorative cookie cutters thoroughly coated in powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Coat each marshmallow with powdered sugar and store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Add a little peppermint oil during the last 3 minutes of beating for peppermint marshmallows.
Add a little cocoa powder during the last half of beating for chocolate marshmallows.
Use your imagination!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!