I’ve never known how much I loved homemade marshmallows until I made homemade marshmallows.
There’s really never been a reason to make them from scratch, but I looked up a recipe from Ina Garten on FoodNetwork.com and had everything I needed to make them in my pantry.
To be honest, it was National S’mores Day and I wanted to impress my husband, Hussein. I knew making marshmallows from scratch would do just that 😀
And to my surprise, it was so easy! I was blown away. It was like the first time I baked a cake with my mom; completely magical.
I decided that I did not want to share the basic marshmallow recipe because there are already thousands on the web.
I had been thinking about layering different colored marshmallow fluff and to my delight it worked! I decided on candy corn as it is fitting for the crisp, colorful, festive, fall season. And thus, my homemade candy corn marshmallows were born!
I made three layers and used the colors to mimic candy corn. Orange, yellow and white. But feel free to use any colors you like! Or just keep them white 😀
I cut them into triangles so they became even more like candy corn and substituted some of the corn syrup for honey!
But they also look cute when cute into squares. I would use a ruler to help ensure they are equal in size! I made them in a 9×13 inch pan, but an 8×8 would probably work better, as it will be easier to cut even sized marshmallows 🙂 You do need a candy thermomater but there are plenty of reasonably priced ones on the market! 🙂
- 3 tablespoons gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon good quality vanilla
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- orange and yellow food coloring
- sprinkles, optional
- Place gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; this allows the gelatin to bloom.
- In a heavy bottom sauce pan, mix together sugar, salt, corn syrup, honey and 1/2 cup water.
- Stir the mixture and heat to a temperature of 240 degrees.
- Begin whisking gelatin and slowly stream in sugar mixture.
- Add in vanilla extract
- Continue whisking until light and fluffy; about 15 minutes.
- Once the mixture resembles marshmallow fluff, divide into 3 equal portions.
- Add food coloring and whisking until color is evenly distributed. Repeat with remaining colors.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust it with powdered sugar.
- Evenly spread your first color of marshmallow. Allow it to set for 10 minutes.
- Layer on the next color and repeat until all three colors are layered.
- Allow to set for a minimum of an hour.
- Remove from pan and cut into desired shape.
- Dust with more powdered sugar and sprinkles, if desired.