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Homemade Marshmallows

Vanilla Marshmallows [1]

I’m giddy right now. I totally made a marshmallow.

Well, a bunch of marshmallows. I feel like a magician or maybe a scientist.

But definitely not a chicken anymore. I’m so excited that my first go at these sugary squares worked out so well.

Marshmallow [2]

Off to a good start. Thank goodness.

Making Marshmallows [3]

Anytime I deal with boiling syrup and a candy thermometer, I get nervous. Really nervous. I think it’s because I don’t feel like I’m in total control of what’s happening. Especially when there are several steps that depend on previous steps being done correctly. And then waiting several hours to find out if the finished product even worked. But I have to say, these were super easy to make.

And even more fun to cut.

Marshmallow [4]

Into circles…

Marshmallow sticks [5]

Rectangles… like buttah

Dusted Marshmallows [6]

And squares…

Marshmallows [7]

I’ve never been much of a marshmallow fan. I could have a bag of marshmallows in the house forever and never think twice about eating any of them.

Until now. Now that I’ve made homemade ones… I am smitten.

Plus, I love the way they feel. So puffy and soft. Definitely a food that’s fun to play with.

Classic Vanilla Marshmallows [8]

These classic vanilla marshmallows are fantastic. The recipe is from the Puffalicious book, Marshmallow Madness [9].

Marshmallow Madness [10]

Cute, huh!

I know, because I couldn’t help myself. After super success with the basic marshmallow recipe, I couldn’t wait to try another version from the book.

Buttered Rum? No.
Sea Salt Caramel? Nope.
Bubble Gum Marshmallows. I wish.
Maple Bacon? No. I didn’t have any bacon or those babies would be stuffed in my cheeks right now.

Instead I went for a layered marshmallow. Two tone. Two tastes. Too much awesome.

Can you say Peanut Butter and Jelly Marshmallows?

PB and J Marshmallows [11]

Well, you should. Because they rock.

Marshmallows [12]

I was a little skeptical that I could taste the full PB&J effect. But, I was happily satisfied.

They totally taste like peanut butter and jelly. Crazy.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Marshmallows [13]

Puffy PB&J. And I loved them. La-la-loved them.

Here’s the recipe so you can love them too.

From Marshmallow Madness [9] by Shauna Sever

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Layer

Bloom Stage
4 1/2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
1/2 cup cold water

Syrup Stage
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mallowing Stage
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Grape Marshmallow Layer

Bloom Stage
4 1/2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
1/2 cup unsweetened Concord grape concentrate, thawed but still cold
1/4 cup cold water

Syrup Stage
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mallowing Stage
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Classic coating (Sift together 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup cornstarch)

To make Classic Vanilla Marshmallows: follow the directions for the Peanut Butter layer and omit the peanut butter. Pour into the pan and dust with classic coating. Let set for 6 hours. Invert on a baking sheet, dust with more coating and cut into squares. Dust again to cover all sides.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Marshmallows [14]

Enjoy and I hope you make some mallows. It will make you feel smart. And if you’re a little nervous, check out Marshmallow Madness [9] for tons of tips.