Friday, December 17, 2010

Marshmallows

My Mom used to make these fluffy ever so good marshmallows for Christmas. It was the greatest treat, the only time we ever had them. I haven't made them in years but when my brother reminded me I thought it was time to try them again.

  • 2 packets plain gelatin (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • crushed cornflakes
  • toasted coconut
  1. Soak gelatin in half the water (3/4 cup).
  2. Pour the other half of water (3/4 cup) into a saucepan, add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Bring to boil and boil for 11 minutes or to soft ball stage. This would be 235 on the candy thermometer. I don't have one so I checked by dropping a drop of the syrup in cold water every once in awhile. When it forms a ball in the water it's ready, I rubbed it between my fingers and could feel the soft ball it had formed. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the soaked gelatin, stir and let stand till partially cooled about 10 minutes. I put my saucepan in the snow outside to speed up the process:)
  5. Now add vanilla and salt and beat on high until mixture is white, fluffy and quite thick, approx 12 minutes.
6. I dusted a 7" x 11" x 1" pan with icing (powdered) sugar and found it not quite large enough so I dusted another small pan measuring 6 1/2" x 4" x 2" as you can see in the photo. Pour marshmallow mixture in pans and let set. I let mine sit on the counter for an hour.

7. Cut into 1" cubes or whatever size you want and roll in crushed cornflakes or toasted coconut. My favorite is crushed cornflakes, that's the way my Mom made them:) I left some plain to add to hot chocolate. Dip your knife in warm water to cut the marshmallows.
8. Store in a covered tin.
Yield: 48 light and fluffy marshmallows


23 comments:

  1. Betty, thank you for bringing me down memory lane. Yes I do remember our dear mother making these and they were so yummy!!!

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  2. Oh those lovely marshmellows. My 90 year old mother still makes these ever Christmas. I don't ever remember a Christmas without them.

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  3. I just made some the other day. It's a memory lane moment with an aunt buying them all rolled up in toasted coconut from Eaton's. I have foregone using the icing sugar. I spread a 9 x 13 pan with lots of toasted coconut before turning in the mixture and then also topping with the coconut. After cutting I roll the other sides in coconut as well. My mixture was nice and sticky and I needed 4 cups of coconut. Yum, yum.

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  4. These look delicious! I've made homemade marshmallows once, but never thought of making them at Christmas time. I'd probably "have to" dip mine in caramel & roll in crushed cornflakes...I bet that'd be good. Maybe some chopped peanuts. Hmm...

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  5. These look like so much fun to make. And if a recipe is featured here, I know that it will be a reliable recipe with yummy results. The sky's the limit for the toppings that you could roll them in. Fun! ~Heidi

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  6. I love love love homemade marshmallows. I've made them before, but just plain. I love the idea to put toasted coconut on them

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  7. Thank you for the marshmallow recipe! I like them in hot chocolate in the winter but haven't been able to have one for years because all the commercial ones are made with corn syrup and I'm seriously allergic to corn products. Now I can have marshmallows!

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  8. Oh Betty. . .I absolutely have to make these for Terry. . he loves toasted coconut marshmallows.

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  9. Homemade marshmallows? Who would have thought? You have all kinds of fun tricks under your sleeve.

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  10. Yum my mom used to make these when i was a kid and my grandma made these for my mom also at christmas time. had not had these in years, had all the ingredients and they turned out fantastic. Keep up your great work I just love your site mgcc.Thanks girls

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  11. OH - minus the coconut these are sooooooooo good in hot cocoa!!!
    YUMMO!
    Thanks for reminding me :)

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  12. Now these bring back memories! Our 'girl club' leader when I was a kid always made these for us...homemade marshmallows rolled in coconut. I can almost taste them!

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  13. My Norwegian neighbour makes home made marshmallows and they are amazing. My favourites were the toasted coconut ones but she made them in so many flavours - lemon, chocolate, berry etc.

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  14. Marshmallow looks so good. I have never made my own but this recipe looks very tempting.Some marshmallow in hot chocolate...yummy!!

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  15. This looks like it makes a lot of marshmallows...how long do they last in the covered tin? Would they freeze (would they get soggy when thawed)?

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  16. prairiechick..marshmallows are best fresh esp if you coat them with crushed cornflakes.
    I haven't ever frozen these marshmallows, maybe if they are just dusted with icing sugar, other coating might become soft.
    They do make great gifts, that would be a great way to distribute them fresh:)

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  17. I have never made homemade marshmallows before, perhaps it is time that I started a new tradition.

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  18. what a great recipe, definitely will add this to the Christmas baking list!

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  19. These are wonderful. I have one question, how do you get all of the marshmellow out of the mixing bowl when pouring it into the dusted pan and also off the beaters?

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  20. Hi Betty,
    Those look scrumptious! I copied the recipe and may make some for our Christmas brunch.

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