Make Homemade Marshmallows

Tips to Make Homemade Marshmallows l Wholesome ingredients for a healthier treat l Homestead Lady.comI kept thinking, “I can’t make homemade marshmallows – it’ll just be too hard!”  Well, that ain’t the first time I’ve been wrong.  Just in time to make homemade marshmallow Peeps for Easter, here you go…

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Recipes for Homemade Marshmallows

I’m not going to recreate this recipe because I used Mommypotamus’s and it was fantastic and I really couldn’t improve on her recipes – duh.  Just follow the link above and the instructions and you’ll be happy.  Very happy.

Here are a few more recipes for inspiration:

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

There are a few tips I will share, though I’m suggesting other kitchen divas’ recipes.

As someone who likes to color outside the lines, doesn’t have a lot of patience with details and deep down thinks that recipes are for sissies I often flop in the kitchen.  Turns out following the details of a recipe helps you achieve desired results – go figure.

When you make homemade marshmallows please, please, please follow the instructions to the letter.

What You Need to Make Homemade Marshmallows

Here are a few tools to assemble BEFORE you make homemade marshmallows.

Liner

You’re going to need – yes, need – parchment paper.  Wax paper might work but don’t try Saran Wrap because the marshmallows will stick.  The parchment paper will lie inside the pan into which you pour your marshmallow fluff.  It will help you remove the finished marshmallows with ease.

Candy Thermometer

You’ll also need a candy thermometer.  Now, my candy thermometers always end up in my candle  making box despite the fact that I’ve bought several specifically to stay in the kitchen.  I even wrote with Sharpie on one – DO NOT PUT IN CANDLE MAKING BOX.  Where is it now?  Yeah, covered in wax.  Besides, my candle making stuff is packed.

Fortunately for me, after burning 438 batches of cheese, I recently splurged and bought myself a digital kitchen thermometer that beeps when it reaches the desired temperature.  That means, I can put it into my cheese vat and go deal with the inevitable crisis with the kids, forget I even have a batch of cheese on the stove and then hear it beep and sing God’s praises that I wont burn anything today!!  I somehow hadn’t packed that thermometer yet so we used it and it worked wonderfully.

HOWEVER, I do NOT condone walking away from a pot with boiling sugar in it, regardless of how fancy your thermometer is – that will only end in tears.

Gelatin

You will also need a high quality brand of gelatin.  Before I was  a whole foodie, I had no idea what you would use gelatin for or what could possibly constitute healthy gelatin.

Food Renegade has a great article on the ins and outs of healthy gelatin.

Bottom line, do your own research, buy some and be prepared to make awesome homemade Jellos, marshmallows and ice creams.

Fat

In order to transfer your marshmallows into a dish in which they will set up and take shape, you’ll need a quality fat with which to cover your hands in order to pat the marshmallows into place.

I like coconut oil but grass fed butter or any healthy fat will work.

Mixer

You don’t necessarily NEED a standing mixer to make homemade marshmallows, but you will need some kind of mixer as it’s the agitation that takes your goo and changes it into marshmallows.  I like my stand mixer because I can turn it on and walk away to tend to bleeding knees or to help with building a fort.

Here’s the one I use:

Taste Tester

Thought not required, I suggest you enlist a resident taste tester.  Like this one..

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Ingredients

Other than those items, all you’ll need is:

  • water
  • some kind of healthy sugar (organic cane sugar, raw sugar, raw honey, maple syrup (although none of this will stay raw since you heat it so high)
  • vanilla
  • salt

Yep, that’s it.

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A Few More Things

Here are just a few more things to consider before you make homemade marshmallows.  It’s good to decide these things ahead of time because homemade marshmallows go together quickly once the fluff is ready.

Dusting

We dusted the outside of our homemade marshmallows in cocoa and that was tasty, but any yummy dusty thing would work.  Homemade, raw powdered sugar, coconut flour or even coconut flakes, finely ground.  Hmm…finely ground coconut flakes….

Shapes

To make homemade marshmallow Peeps, just use your favorite cookie cutter and smoosh it into your marshmallow tray once its dry.  The longer they sit, the drier the marshmallows gets and you’ll want them pretty dry to cut out shapes. I let mine sit overnight if I want to cut shapes.

You can rub butter over your cookie cutter to  keep it from sticking to the marshmallows if you need to cut the shape out sooner.  The little chicks that trademark Peeps are cute but I encourage you to try any shape that pleases you.

Dipping

When you’re done cutting, melt some organic chocolate in a double broiler and dip the bottom end of the marshmallow into it.  Hello!  You’re halfway to a whole foods Mallomar!

Here’s a post from The Provident Homemaker that shows you how to cover your homemade marshmallows in chocolate – that is a very important skill to have, I think. Make Homemade Marshmallows www.homesteadlady.com - s'mores with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers

Take the Time to Make Homemade Marshmallows

That night of campfire and homemade s’mores was the most fun we’ve had in long while of packing, cleaning and remodeling.

That night, after the festivities, as I sat with the baby for a moment before I put her in bed, I just kept thinking to myself how glad I was that we embraced that bit of whimsy on that quiet Sabbath day.

What if I’d said I was too tired, or that we couldn’t unpack something we’ve already packed (I’ve already had to say that about so many things) or that we just didn’t have time.  The longer I’m a parent, the more I search out those opportunities to say yes to my children.

YES!  Let’s take a walk in the rain.  YES!  Let’s finger paint in the bathtub.  YES!  Let’s stay up late to finish reading our family book.  YES!  Let’s make homemade marshmallows.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a veteran parent say, “Boy, I really should have said no more often when the kids had a fun idea!”

So, I encourage you, especially this Easter season as we celebrate renewal and cycles of healing to find more ways to say yes to the children in your life.  Or the good friends.  Or the close family members.  Whatever.

Just make homemade marshmallows.

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13 thoughts on “Make Homemade Marshmallows

    1. Sorry to add one more thing to your list of things to do but they really are so tasty! And not so sweet, which has always been the reason I don’t like marshmallows – gag! These have such a fun texture, too – so sproingy. If that’s a word, which its not. Have fun, Rebecca!

  1. What a great idea to make homemade marshmallows – yummy! You were very optimistic to pack away the Kitchen Aid mixer. I think it would be the last thing I would pack away ;). Hope your family can soon have a new homestead and unpack everything!

    1. I don’t use it nearly as much as I used to since we don’t eat a lot of grain products/treats. Its awesome to have when you need it, though – like making marshmallows! Thank you for the well wishes – we can sure use them!

    1. Ah, you can do it, Barbara – you raised how many kids?!! Just mix it sitting down, reading a book – it can take anywhere from about eight to twenty minutes depending on a number of variables.

  2. What a great wonderful idea to make your own marshmallow peeps. This doesn’t sound too hard to do and it certainly has to be worth the work when you know you kids are getting all the toxic chemical ingredients. Thanks for sharing. Shared on google. Visiting from WIldcrafting Wednesdays

    1. Thanks for sharing, Marla! I’m happy to return the favor with your healthy back post – I reaaaaalllly need that right now! We were sleeping on an air mattress for awhile as we’re showing our house while its for sale and I finally realized I’ve crossed some line and am just too old for that nonsense. We finally went and bought a new bed – our first in all our marriage (we were sleeping on an old, less than stellar mattress before). We even have a bed frame – another first! 🙂

  3. Last summer we went camping and I was so frustrated that I couldn’t find any organic or no GMO marshmallows. It never occurred to me to make my own. I can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. We have another post coming up in a few months that talks about outdoor, campfire cooking and we’ll talk about this then, but since you bring it up! With the homemade marshmallows we made, we discovered they melt pretty fast so be quick as you makes s’mores. They were uber-sloppy-gooey-yumness though!

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t. You might be able to figure out something with fruit pectin but I have no idea how the two items might be chemically different, which would affect results.

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