Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows.
Homemade marshmallows are absolutely amazing.
I have been "known" for my homemade marshmallows for several years now, and my homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows are one of the reasons why. I usually make marshmallows every Christmas and send them out with my usual Christmas cookie care package to friends and family. I first discovered this recipe watching an episode of Alton Brown's " Good Eats" on Food Network. I loved watching his show, I learned so much about the whats and whys of cooking and baking.
I like sciencey nerdy food stuff like that. I think store bought marshmallows are so bland and tasteless and I had tried a homemade marshmallow at a coffee shop once and wanted to try them myself. Watching this episode gave me the confidence to make them.
What a fun mess it is to make these marshmallows. They taste so amazing too. I have made many different flavors over the years from candy cane to chocolate to coconut. They are all so good. The recipe calls for corn syrup and I am not a fan of corn syrup so I decided to swap it for honey. So glad I did. These are super light and fluffy and just a hint of honey. So these are adapted from his recipe.
Soft, melt in your mouth, honey vanilla marshmallowy goodness.
My kid did a great job as my photo assistant. I got some pretty funny shots of her taking her marshmallow payment.
She seriously took one bite and put it back and tried to get another one, you know, to see if they all tasted the same. Like I was holding out on her or something.
A few notes about these Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows first:
- Homemade marshmallows do require some specific equipment. A stand mixer with the whisk attachment and a candy thermometer. A hot sugar mixture is boiled to 240 Deg F before being carefully poured into the mixer before whisking.
- You can make these in a 9x13 pan or a 9x9 pan for extra thick marshmallows. You can also cut fun shapes with cookie cutters.
- 3 packets of unflavored gelatin (21 grams - each packet is 7 grams of gelatin)
- 1 cup of ice cold water (250 ml)
- 1 c granulated organic sugar (200grams)
- 1 c organic honey (250 ml)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
- ½ cup confectioners sugar( powdered sugar)
- cooking spray (olive oil or sunflower oil spray)
You can easily make these into any flavor you want with different extract flavorings, adding in ½ c cocoa powder and subbing cocoa powder for the powdered sugar. I like to use peppermint extract and mix in crushed candy canes for candy cane marshmallows. Really the possibilities are endless