- Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, then coat it lightly with some of the confectioners’ sugar.
- Microwave ½ C water, granulated sugar, and corn syrup in a medium microwavable bowl on HIGH for 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Return it to the microwave for another 5 minutes on HIGH. Carefully remove from the microwave. The mixture will have a slight yellow tint.
- Pour the remaining ½ C of water into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Gradually beat in the hot syrup mixture with a whisk attachment on medium-low speed. Beat for 8 minutes. Increase to medium-high speed. Beat 10-12 minutes longer until the mixture is fluffy, shiny, and at least 3 times larger in volume! Beat in the vanilla.
- Spread marshmallow mixture in prepared pan. Smooth the top with a GREASED (very important!) spatula.
- Sift about 2 Tbsp. of the confectioners’ sugar over the top. Let it stand at room temperature overnight or refrigerate it for at least 3 hours.
- Put the remaining confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Cut the marshmallows into 1 ½-inch squares. Drop the marshmallows into the bowl and toss them around to coat. Shake off the excess sugar. Store marshmallows in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
Variations you have to try!
These ideas are a good first step into marshmallow experimentation. Once you are ready to push the white, fluffy envelope, you’ll see that the possibilities are endless!
Wrap It Up!
My favorite gifts to give AND receive are of the homemade variety! Whether they’re made in the kitchen or with a needle and thread, homemade gifts spell L-O-V-E. And the lucky recipients of your homemade marshmallows will feel the love with each ooey, gooey bite! Here are a few ways to dress up your marshmallows and make them gift worthy:
- Stack marshmallows in a cellophane bag and tie a cute ribbon at the top. Print a classic label that tells the recipient what flavor/variety is inside. Personalized labels can be easily (and cheaply!) ordered online ahead of time.
- For your Marshmallow Pops, wrap them individually in cellophane bags and decorate with a pretty ribbon. Tie the ribbon just above the marshmallow so that the stick sticks out of the bag.
- For the perfect cold weather gift, pair your homemade marshmallows with a mug and cocoa packets. Finish it with a cute tag!
- If you’ve made white chocolate marshmallows, stack 3 together to make a snowman. Decorate with mini M&Ms for buttons and icing/frosting for the eyes, nose, mouth, and scarf. Wrap separately in cellophane bags.