Why would anyone bother making homemade marshmallows?! I know, that’s the same question I had! It seems silly. But when you look at the ingredients in those store-bought little guys and see all the sugar and artificial colors/flavors and you realize how stinking easy it is to make your own, you figure why not!
And let me tell you, these really are so much healthier, and not to mention, much tastier! They are soft and fluffy and delicious on their own or in a cup of steaming hot cocoa.
A 9×13 pan
- 3 Tbsp. high quality gelatin**
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
- 2-3 Tbsp. stevia (OR 2-3 Tbsp. honey/syrup)
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Lightly grease a 9×13.
- Put 1/2 cup of water in a mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Set aside to soften.
- In a small pot, place the honey, salt, stevia and the other 1/2 cup of water. Heat on medium heat.
- Using a candy thermometer, bring the mixture to 240 degrees. (You can also test it by dropping a little of the liquid into a bowl of ice cold water… it should form soft balls. It took me about 7-8 minutes to reach this temperature).
- Remove from the heat as soon as it’s at the right temperature.
- Very carefully dump the hot syrup into the gelatin mixture.
- Mix on medium.
- Once it’s all combined, add the vanilla and increase speed to high.
- Beat for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture is thick and fluffy (it will look like marshmallow fluff).
- Scrap into the prepared pan and leave, uncovered, for 4-12 hours to dry.
- Cut into squares.
**I use Great Lakes gelatin (the red can), which you can order off amazon. It is a great source of protein and collagen (which helps your skin/wrinkles) and helps with arthritis, teeth, hair and nails, stretch marks, leaky gut and digestion, just to name a few benefits!