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Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

Serves: Makes 16 to 20 marshmallows, makes about 24 chicks

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3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla (or other flavorings, such as mint or lemon )
1/4 teaspoon food coloring
Confectioners' sugar
Candy eyes, if making chicks


Prepare a 9-by-9-inch pan by lining it with oiled plastic wrap (an oiled silicon pan may be used without wrap).

In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup of the water. Allow the mixture to bloom for 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and remaining 1/4 cup water. Bring to a rolling boil and continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour the boiling syrup into the gelatin mixture to dissolve, beating with a whip at high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. Add the vanilla and food coloring.

To make marshmallows: Lightly oil hands and a spatula or bowl scraper and scrape the marshmallow mixture into the lined pan. Spread evenly with another piece of oiled plastic wrap, pressing mixture into the pan.

Let mixture sit for 3 hours. Remove from pan, dredge the marshmallow slab with confectioners' sugar and cut into hearts or other equal pieces. Cookie cutters dredged with confectioners' sugar work, or scissors. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners' sugar, if desired.

To make marshmallow chicks: Scoop the marshmallow mixture into a pastry bag (fold the bag over your hand about 2 inches, then use a spatula to scoop the mixture into the bag). Before piping, "burp" the bag to remove any air bubbles. Lightly oil hands so that the mixture doesn't stick to your fingers. Using full force with your piping hand, pipe a fat disk onto the prepared parchment paper, releasing the force as you pull up and away. Use your opposite hand to "clip" the mixture from the tip (a little conelike tip should form, making a tail).

Continue until about 24 chicks are formed, keeping your hand oiled throughout piping. Return to your first chick and pipe a head, using the same technique as in the previous step, only making a smaller disk. If necessary, use small oiled scissors to clip the beaks. Sprinkle the chicks with same-color sugar sprinkles. Finish each chick with a pair of eyes, using oiled tweezers to apply. Let chicks sit for at least 3 hours or overnight.


Per marshmallow (based on 16): 148 calories (no calories from fat), trace protein, 38 grams carbohydrates, no fiber, no fat (no saturated), no cholesterol, 57 milligrams sodium.

Per chick, based on 24: 36 calories (percent of calories from fat, 0), 1 gram protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, no fiber, no fat, no cholesterol, 35 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

The total time for this recipe includes 3 hours of setting time. Recipe courtesy of Marshmallow Chicks.