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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