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I know, I know. Stop talking about Hot Chocolate but please, indulge me yet again. I want to share this recipe we have on our website that you can make to pair with your Hot Chocolate. It’s a recipe for homemade marshmallows and while it’s not a lot of work, it might be a little messy. But come on, it’s the holidays. Imagine your friends coming over and finding out you made your own marshmallows. And you cut them into cute little shapes with a cookie cutter. They’ll be green with envy. I’ve mentioned this recipe before but I don’t think I’ve ever posted it directly. But regardless, it definitely bears repeating.

Homemade Marshmallows
4 pkg (1 oz.) powdered gelatin
1/3 cup water
1.25 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
6 large egg whites
3/4 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup corn starch

Sprinkle gelatin in 6oz. cold water, let stand one minute. In heavy sauce pan, bring water, granulated sugar and corn syrup to 240° Whip egg whites to stiff peak, but not dry, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overwhip. Make an Italian Meringue by pouring the cooked sugar down the side of the bowl into the egg whites. Do not pour sugar onto beaters or it will splash. Dissolve the gelatin in the hot pans and add to the sugar and egg mixture. Whip until stiff, glossy, and fluffy, about 7 minutes.

Spray the bottom and sides of parchment covered baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray and spread the marshmallow mixture evenly. Do not press down as you spread or the marshmallow will deflate.

Combine confectioners sugar and corn starch. Using a fine mesh sleeve, sprinkle some of the mixture over top of the marshmallow. Reserve remaining mixture for additional sprinklings. Let stand for 2-4 hours to dry. Add more sugar/starch mixture to the top and invert marshmallow. Remove parchment paper and dust bottom with sugar/starch mixture. Cut into squares or shapes with cookie cutters. Toss cut pieces in sugar/starch mixture to coat completely.

Good luck. Have fun. Send pictures!

PS – if you don’t want to make marshmallows but wanna do something fun, try holiday-shaped Peeps on top of your hot cocoa. Snowmen, tree shapes, whatever makes you giggle.

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November 15. 2008 03:26

Such great ideas! I am definitely going to try this recipe this holiday season! We made home made marshmallows last year but this recipe looks so much better! Thanks! Love your blog!

Jennifer United States

November 15. 2008 07:30

I will definitely have to try these.  My kids are on a hot chocolate kick right now and they would love to have homemade marshmallows!

Paula Lane United States

November 15. 2008 23:45

A great grandkids are over day project!

Deb Sluis United States

November 16. 2008 14:35

I make my own marshmallows all the time.  Although, I swear I see my KitchenAid shutter when I walk towards it with the gelatin.  I push it to it's limit when I make these!

Danielle Behlmer United States

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