You may have heard how complicated, or messy making marshmallows at home can be, but you're about to find out just how easy they really are. Making the marshmallows was the most time involved aspect of this recipe, and they only took about 20 minutes of hands on time.
Are you curious? Read on to see how you can very (very!) easily make this at home:
Here's your grocery list:
For the hot chocolate:
3 (.25 oz) envelops of plain gelatin*
Here's the whipping cream, and I added 2 cups of the whole milk 3 times! I didn't feel like dragging out my larger measuring cup when I can just use some basic math to get the same thing.
Add the chocolate chips, slap the lid on, and let this do its thing for a few hours. I played with my daughter, and put together a piece of Ikea furniture. Good times, good times....
After 4 minutes, continue to cook uncovered, for about another 7-8 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 240* (you can easily find candy thermometers at any store nowadays, but it should reach the temp by the 7-8 minute mark).
Okay! We hit 240*! Take the pot off of your stove, and very carefully (and I mean, very carefully...don't forget, this is 240*!! This stuff is HOT!) pour this into your waiting gelatin, with your mixer running on low. Pour it all in. Once it is all in, slowly move the speed up on your mixer, until you have it on max speed. Step away, and let this whip for 15 minutes. You really want to whip tons of air into this. Look at all of that steam coming out of the mixing bowl...this stuff really is hot!
A couple of minutes in, this mixture has turned white and is just coming right along! Yep, looking like marshmallow fluff!
While you're waiting for the 15 minutes to tick by, combine the corn starch and powdered sugar together, and dust your 9"x13" pan. This way, your marshmallows won't stick to your pan.
During the last minute of whipping, add in your vanilla. After 15 minutes, this is what you have. I took lots of pictures of this, because it is really pretty!
Pour all of this goodness out into your prepared dish - this is actually much easier to do than you would think. If you are worried about it, you can spritz your spatula with some nonstick spray, but I have a silicone spatula, and didn't have any problems. You'll want to smooth the top of this out as much as possible. Sprinkle the top with lots and lots (and lots) of the corn starch/powdered sugar mix, and let this sit, at room temperature, for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best, if you can wait that long. I could not, but maybe you can!
As you cut them up into the shape you want, toss them back into the 9"x13" pan, and toss them around the remaining powdered sugar mix, so that the marshmallow is totally coated.
These marshmallows are fluffy, and tender and the stuff dreams are made of. I hope that this gives you some confidence to try these. They are really not hard to make, and there is a huge taste difference between homemade marshmallows and the ones you can buy in the stores!