Are home made marshmallows worth it?

I am going to be honest…..I didn’t know home made marshmallows were a thing! I had heard through a friend who had been making them for awhile and I had no idea! But who doesn’t love marshmallows in their hot chocolate??!! So I thought I would check it out. I went online and looked at a few different sites that had recipies for home made marshmallows. Some seemed so complictated to make with so many ingredients and so many steps to make them. I was not into complicated. I wanted something that was easy, fast and still tasted good. I tried a few online that seemed simple enough….one had corn syrup. One in particular involved adding a bit of Bailey’s…..and I do love Bailey’s 🙂 I followed all the steps just like it said….mixed it for the amount of time it suggested…….and after it set for 6 hours I wasn’t sure if it tasted the way it should. I wasn’t sure if the texture was the way it should be. I thought that since it was a homemade version, that maybe it was a bit different than the store bought ones. Since I had never tried a homemade marshmallow before, I had no reference. So, I cut it up, and tried a piece. To me, it tasted pretty good….except it was a bit more chewy than I thought it would be. I bagged it up and left it on the kitchen counter. When I came home the next day, my son had asked me where I bought the Turkish Delight. I asked him “what?” He asked me again where I bought the Turkish Delight. I asked him what he was talking about. He showed me the bag of marshmallows. I laughed so hard I snorted a bit! That’s when I knew that the marshmallows had not turned out the way they should have. I went back online and checked out a few more sites that said they had quick and easy recipes. I decided to try a recipe that did not include corn syrup. I followed all the instructions to a T. I found a simple recipe that involved just plain gelatin, sugar and water, corn starch and icing sugar…..and then add a bit of any flavour you like. I put it in the pan and let it sit the 4 to 6 hours it recommended. After about 6 hours I took it out of the pan, cut it up and tested it out. Well it turned out FANTASTIC!!! It was soft and light….just like a store bought marshmallow, but tasted soooooo much better. I made 2 different batches…..one just plain vanilla and the one Bailey’s flavor. So delicious and so definately worth making it from scratch! So are home made marshmallows worth it? ABSOLUTELY!! Do try it yourself…..you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Here is the recipe I found. If I can make it, anyone can 🙂

Sift together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a bowl and put aside. Grease a 9″x 9″ pan. Sprinkle some of the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture on the bottom. Set aside.

Take a small bowl and add 2 tbsp of non flavored gelatin and then add 1/2 cup of hot water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Have a medium size pot and add 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium temperature. Heat to a thicker consistency. Add your gelatin mixture until the gelatin is dissolved. Add this mixture to your electric mixer and beat on medium speed for approximately 12-17 minutes. Beat it until it is starting to thicken up a bit. You can then mix in any flavor you wish. If you want just plain vanilla marshmallows, add 1 tbsp of vanilla. Pour in your greased pan and sprinkle the remaining mixture of cornstarch/powdered sugar. Set in fridge for about 4 to 6 hours. Once it is ready, remove from pan and cut in pieces. The easiest way I find to cut them is with a pizza cutter 🙂 Enjoy!