- 2 teaspoons butter
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- Optional toppings: melted chocolate, hot fudge and/or caramel ice cream topping
- Optional garnishes: baking cocoa, confectioners' sugar, crushed assorted candies, chopped nuts, colored sugars and/or sprinkles
- Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.
- In a large metal bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage).
- Remove from the heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and the volume is doubled, about 15 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight.
- Using foil, lift marshmallows out of pan. With a knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. Dip or drizzle marshmallows with toppings if desired; coat with garnishes as desired. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Yield: about 9-1/2 dozen.
Reviews for Homemade Holiday Marshmallows
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"These were fantastic! My son loves marshmallows so this was our Christmas project this year. They were super simple to make and my boys had a blast decorating them. Even the marshmallow haters in my family enjoyed these. We will definitely be doing this again."
"I hate marshmallows, but these are delicious! I made them to gift with homemade cocoa, and I can't stay out of them. They are moist and beautiful, and they are a very tasty addition to hot cocoa. Will definitely make again!"
"I grew up with homemade marshmallows at Christmas. Mother always rolled them in powdered sugar or toasted coconut."
"Super easy! Everyone loved them. I made a hot chocolate bar for a Christmas party and they paired well with the hot cocoa. They only thing with making any marshmallow is that they are extremely sticky. The best thing to do to try and pat them down is by using powdered sugar."
"So easy and delicious. Great flavor and texture."