Saturday, January 23, 2021

Homemade marshmallows & hot cocoa


I made this recipe for the first time three years ago. We were living in our rental house during our first winter in Indiana, and I have really fond memories of the things we made in that kitchen! These marshmallows are very sweet and a light chewy texture. You can even use cookie cutters (dipped in hot water) to make shapes!

These are fairly easy, but they do require a candy thermometer!


3 packages/envelopes (.25 ounces each) gelatin (picture below)
1  1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla


Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in electric mixer bowl. Let sit 30 minutes.

Stir together sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup of water in a large pot on the stove, over medium heat, until sugar dissolves.

Raise to high heat without stirring, until it reaches 240-244 degrees on candy thermometer.

With the mixer on low, pour the hot sugar syrup into the gelatin.

Turn the mixer on high for 15 minutes. (My mixer doesn't particularly like this, but it works!)

Add vanilla.

Dust an 8x12 or a 7x11 with powdered sugar. Pour the marshmallow into the dish.

Press it down with wet hands, and smooth it out.

Dust with more powdered sugar.

Let it set, and then cut into it with a hot, wet knife.

Let me know if you try this! :)

If you have a tough time knowing what to look for in the baking aisle at the store ^^

Also, here is my very simple hot cocoa recipe!

2  1/4 cups cocoa powder
3  1/2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon salt

Mix in your biggest bowl, sifting in the cocoa powder first. 

Store in a couple of tall mason jars.

Use 2 Tablespoons of the mix per 1 cup of hot milk! ;)


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