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Homemade Snowflake Marshmallows: Hot Chocolate's Best Friend

When it’s colder weather outside we love snuggling up with a cozy cup of hot cocoa. We love marshmallows in our hot cocoa and usually buy mini marshmallows at the store. This year I’ve decided to take on making my own marshmallows and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought again.


I’ve never attempted to make homemade marshmallows before because it sounded it. It was a bit of a sticky mess but once I learned how important the non-stick spray was (very, very important), it was easy. Once I tasted these marshmallows I can’t believe I waited this long to make them.

Ingredients
  • - 3 (.25 oz packets) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • - 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • - 2 cups white sugar
  • - ¾ cup water, divided
  • - 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • - Powdered sugar for dusting
Tools
  • - Electric mixer
  • - Jelly roll pan
  • - Plastic wrap
  • - Non-stick spray
  • - Cookie cutter
Directions

1. Line a jelly roll pan with plastic wrap allowing it to overlap and hang over the edges. Spray well with non-stick cooking spray. Spray another piece of plastic wrap and set aside to lay on top.

2. In a stand mixer put your whisk attachment on. Pour ½ cup of water into the bowl and sprinkle the gelatin mixture on top of the water to soak.

3. In a medium saucepan stir together ¼ cup of water, light corn syrup and white sugar. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes until temperature reaches 110 (thread) on a candy thermometer.

4. Remove the mixture from the heat and carefully pour it into the gelatin mixture. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes and then beat on high for about 10 minutes until fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in the vanilla extract and beat on medium until just combined.

 

 

5. Pour the sticky mixture into the lined and sprayed jelly roll pan. Spray your hand with non-stick spray and smooth the marshmallow mixture out in the pan.

6. Cover with the prepared plastic wrap. Let set for 24 hours at room temperature.

7. Prepare a small bowl of powdered sugar. Using a small cookie cutter or knife, cut the marshmallows. I used my mini snowflake cookie cutter to make mini snowflake marshmallows. Dredge in powdered sugar and store in air tight container.

 

 

Serve your homemade marshmallows with your favorite hot cocoa. We enjoy the Fannie May milk chocolate hot cocoa mix with our homemade marshmallows on top. So delicious during the winter months! These homemade marshmallows cut into little snowflakes made a sweet addition to our winter wonderland party.

 

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