Just in time for Christmas, this recipe may be the shocker you need to excite your family, homemade marshmallows. I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear my unruly employees (children) run around the house asking for marshmallows. I’m certain one day the hubs is going to come home and find me tied up while the children are passed out on the couch watching cartoons from eating mounds and mounds of marshmallows.
It’s a very real possibility and thus why I try to stay on their good side every now and then. I mean there are five little demanding employees who could go on strike at any point. #disasterinthemaking. What’s even worse is that the Christmas songs just so happen to bring up marshmallows far too often. When you think they aren’t listening, living in their own little worlds, the Christmas tune “A Marshmallow World” starts blaring from the speakers.
It seems louder than any other song that was on the radio and in a cascade like falling dominos you hear them start crying “please”. “We want marshmallows, we want marshmallows.” While one would like to think that five under five don’t stand a chance with me, the reality, those cries, the pleas, oh the whining… it makes me crumble and I reach a point where the this thought goes through my mind. What if, just this once, I give them the entire bag? Would the pleas and the cries stop and in the end would they pass out from exhaustion that the sugar crash causes?
Silence and then…
It’s a marshmallow world in the winter,
When the snow comes to cover the ground,
It’s the time for play, it’s a whipped cream day,
I wait for it all year round.
Those are marshmallow clouds being friendly….
What is suppose to be the most uplifting music of the entire year has become my nemesis. And if I have to hear a plea for marshmallows one more time, this momma might go on strike.
Buuuuut since it is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year and giving is a must, I decided in all of my motherly goodness to make homemade marshmallows to boost company moral. #momaward
So homemade marshmallows it was. Big fluffy, sweet marshmallows warming every hole in my soul, yet so versatile. I never knew the need for marshmallows in the variety of ways until I had children. They seem to be a staple in all things kid treats, and who am I kidding, I may just slightly enjoy it.
So homemade marshmallows it is. Surprisingly easy with just a few ingredients, a small amount of manual time and a painfully long time to let them rest. Did I mention the flexibility?
From marshmallow cream (healthier rice crispy treats), or oatmeal cookies to roasted marshmallows, plain or how about dipped in chocolate. These homemade marshmallows are sure to be a treat. I mean isn’t it true that 90% of the population things a marshmallow is some unknown secret of the food industry. That magically they produce these delicious, fluffy balls of goodness?
No longer do they have all the powers, the magic is now in your hands.
And for the festive spin dip them in chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate and cover them in sprinkles. They now can be a part of your holiday baking tradition, lightened up with a healthier alternative to corn syrup with the same big flavor and a fraction of the sugar.
Puuuuurrrrrrfect I tell you.
- 1 cup filtered water
- 3 Tbsp (grass-fed) gelatin
- ⅔ cup sorghum
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1½ tsp vanilla (or mint)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Prepare and 8 x 11 inch baking dish with parchment paper and sprinkle the bottom with a dusting of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.
- In a mixing bowl for stand mixer (or hand mixer) add ½ cup warm water and sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 5 minutes.
- In a small saucepan add sorghum, honey and remaining water. Bring to a slow boil and boil until the syrup reaches 240 degrees (NEED candy thermometer).
- Once it reaches 240 degrees, add vanilla and salt.
- Pour immediately into stand mixer with gelatin and water.
- Begin beating on high for 10-15 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
- Pour into 8x11 inch pan and smooth with a spatula.
- Let sit for 6-8 hours.
- Remove from pan, and use a mixture of arrowroot powder and/or powdered coconut sugar (or a small amount of powdered sugar) to prevent sticking.
- Cut marshmallows into desired size, coat all sides in powder and use.