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I love a nice cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows in it! Did you know that its actually super easy to make your own marshmallows at home? All you need is a few basic ingredients and a hand or stand mixer. I can’t wait to make these for my next hot cocoa night, my drink NEEDS these marshmallows! Side note: these mallows are perfect for SMORES too!

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What you’ll need:
1 cup water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp salt
2 T vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup corn starch

 

Start off by greasing a 9 x 9 square pan with butter and set aside.

water

In the bowl of your stand mixer, pour in 1/2 cup water.

gelatin

Sprinkle your 3 envelopes of gelatin on top.

corn-syrup

Move over to the stove, and in a medium saucepot bring corn syrup…

salt

salt…

water

and water to a rolling boil for 1 minute…

thermometer

or until a candy thermometer reads 240 F.  Do not stir this mixture while it cooks.

mix

In your stand mixer, mix the gelatin to break up the clumps, then slowly drizzle your sugar syrup along the sides of the bowl.

whip

Turn your mixer to high speed and whip for 8-10 minutes until thick and fluffy.

plop

Immediately pour out into your prepared pan. Greasing your spatula helps with this process too.

spread

Spread the mixture out, and then use a greased sheet of plastic wrap to make it even smoother.

sprinkle

Sprinkle your work surface with a mixture of half corn starch and half powdered sugar.

turn

Turn our your marshmallow slab out onto your surface and start cutting!

cut

Use a greased knife to cut about 16 large marshmallows or 64 1-inch marshmallows. You can also use greased cookie cutters for this.

Tip: To clean your saucepot, just fill with warm water and let soak for 1 hour. The sugar will dissolve quickly, and the pan will be completely clean!