I remember the first time I read that Martha Stewart had made her marshmallows from scratch. I thought..GEEZ woman..get a life! I mean you can buy a bag of marshmallows for a $1.50!
But then I saw a recipe for the marshmallows and figured I would give it a shot. At least I could cross that off my bucket list. WOWZA. They were so amazingly easy and yummy! when I swapped out the peppermint extract for the vanilla it took our hot cocoa drinking to a whole new level.
All I have to say is I will never doubt Martha again.
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup ice water, divided
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract -or- 2 tsp peppermint or coconut extract.
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Generously dust baking sheet or 9 x 13 pan with powdered sugar.
- Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup ice water in mixing bowl.
- Stir together remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup in medium sauce pan.Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat and cook until mixture reaches 240 degrees on candy thermometer.
- Using whisk attachment, with mixer running, slowly add hot sugar mix into gelatin.
- Beat on high for 10 minutes until thick and glossy.
- add in extract and whisk for 1 additional minute.
- Spread marshmallow mix onto prepared pan. Dust with powdered sugar.
- Let set for 8 hours at room temp.
- Cut into small squares and toss with powdered sugar until all sides are coated.
And a few years ago I had to introduce myself. I was in a lineup of very educated people. When it came to my turn I simply stated: “My name is Marci Seither and I can make marshmallows from scratch”.There was a moment of applause, proof that learning to make simple things from scratch should never be an underestimated art form.