If you have ever had fresh homemade marshmallows then you have been spoiled- the bagged ones will never satisfy you again! A friend made them for me once and I simply cannot go back. I made this batch in anticipation of a big snow storm- I wanted fresh marshmallows in my post shoveling cocoa!
1 box plain gelatin (approx 4 tbsp)(preferably grass-fed if you can find it)
1tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup coconut sugar syrup (honey also works)
1 cup water
1 tbsp marshmallow root (optional)
In a small saucepan heat water on medium. When it starts to steam a little, scoop 1/2 of the water into a mixing bowl. Combine with the gelatin and whisk until well mixed. Set aside.
Add syrup to the remaining water (no need to stir). Allow to heat up to 220 degrees. *Be Patient* and to not increase burner temperature.
Once up to appropriate heat slowly add hot syrup to the gelatin with hand mixer on low. Once all the syrup is mixed in with the gelatin evenly bring the speed up to high and whip. After five minutes of whipping add vanilla extract. Continue to whip until it is thick (like fluff) but not quite with soft peaks. This can take 10-15+ minutes. If you over-mix the fluff will be difficult to spread.
Pour/spread the marshmallow in a pan lined with parchment paper. Leave to dry in an arid room (I dried mine in a room with a fireplace because it’s the driest room in the house) for 6-8 hours.
Once it is set up dip a sharp knife in oil (I prefer coconut oil) and cut the giant marshmallow into cubes. They should keep for up to two weeks, but they taste so good I doubt they’ll last that long.
*** Did you know***
Marshmallows used to be made using the ingredient marshmallow root, which is known to soothe inflammation and to treat sore throats. So enjoy these beneficial herbal marshmallows! A real feel good treat. 🙂