I have been wanting to try to make marshmallows for a long time. Its been one of the things on my list that I have never really gotten to until this weekend. I have been working on a super secret project that I will reveal around the Holidays and I needed to test recipes for Rice Krispy treats. I went to my local small grocery store and what do you know they were completely out of Marshmallows (as in not a single package anywhere --- I went searching). I then stopped by two local deli's and they also had nothing so I decided to turn lemon's into lemonade (or in this case sugar into marshmallows) and try to make them myself!
This was the best happy accident, because after this first batch I have vowed to never buy store bought again. They are so soft, fluffy (almost like little pillows) with the most sweet vanilla flavor. If you had a birthday this weekend and/or you sit near me at work you may be receiving a few of these fluffy sweet treats tomorrow!
I also made this delicious hot chocolate mix (its totally divine). I was looking for a vessel to showcase these beautiful marshmallows and on a cool brisk fall day hot chocolate just felt right! This recipe is SOOO easy and SOOO decadent.
- 2 tbsp gelatin (2 envelopes Knox - which my grocery store had, go figure)
- 1/2 cup + 8 tbsp cold water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (if you put off making these for a few months, you can make your own extract here)
- Dust an 8X8 or 9X9 square pan with powdered sugar and set aside
- In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tbsp cold water, set aside
- Combine sugars and 1/2 cup of water in a large heavy sauce pan and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved (stir constantly)
- Add gelatin and bring to a boil (don't worry if gelatin is hard, add it all at once)
- Remove from heat and add into your stand mixer bowl and let cool slightly
- Add salt and vanilla extract
- Beat with your stand mixer on medium until soft and double in volume (10 to 12 minutes)
- Pour into prepared pan
- Dust top with powdered sugar
- Set aside to "dry" and "harden" on your counter for a few hours (3 to 4 hours)
- Cut into squares (as big or small as you want) and roll each piece in powdered sugar
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks
- Enjoy ---- with hot chocolate, s'mores, rice krispy treats, alone...whatever you fancy you will LOVE them!