Skip that trip to the candy store and try making your own marshmallows at home! This easy recipe includes flavorings like vanilla beans, crushed cookie bits, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, or melted chocolate.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Ready In: 40 mins
Yield: 1 9×13 pan
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- vanilla beans, or other flavorings of your choice (crushed cookie bits, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, or melted chocolate
Grease a 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan with oil and line with plastic wrap. Mix cold water and unflavored gelatin powder in a small bowl; bloom for 5 minutes. Combine confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch; set aside.
Cook gelatin in a saucepan over low heat until melted, 1-2 minutes. Pour gelatin into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; set aside. Mix light corn syrup, sugar, and water in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved; cook over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until syrup is reaches soft-ball stage, or a candy thermometer reads 240°F.
Once syrup is ready, start whisking gelatin on medium-low speed. Slowly pour in syrup, whisking continuously for 5 minutes or until opaque white. Increase speed to high and whisk until mixture has doubled in volume, 3 to 4 minutes. Fold in flavorings like vanilla beans, crushed cookie bits, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, or melted chocolate.
Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Remove marshmallow from pan and peel off plastic wrap. Cover with sugar-cornstarch mixture. Cut into 1 ½-inch cubes using a knife or a pizza cutter.