Homemade Marshmallows


Last Monday, at the weekly editorial meeting held at SavvyMom HQ, I snuck in a bag of homemade cinnamon marshmallows. I like surprising people with these sweet treats because they ooh and aah over them, thinking I’€™ve spent hours working in the kitchen when in reality, making marshmallows is one of the easiest candy confections I cook up in my kitchen.

To begin with, you only need five ingredients plus a flavouring agent: water, sugar, light corn syrup, salt and gelatin. For plain marshmallows add vanilla, for a cinnamon variety replace the vanilla with the ground, and to make a peppermint variety–€”my favourite for the holiday season–€”add some peppermint extract and a few drops of red food colouring.

These package up perfectly for homemade gifts, and we always keep some on hand for warm mugs of hot cocoa. I might consider packaging up a bag of homemade marshmallows with a favourite hot chocolate mix and a new mug for an easy homemade teacher’€™s gift.

One word of caution though: while the marshmallows are easy to make, they can be a little bit messy. Be sure to have plenty of non-stick spray or vegetable oil on hand.

Have you made marshmallows before? Was it easier than you expected?


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