Most people would never think of making their own marshmallows. That is the spirit of this website, making things that others don’t. This week, I got a chance to make my own marshmallows for the first time. I used a recipe by Alton Brown (for more regular readers I am sure you saw that coming!). It appeared in the episode “Puff the Magic Mallow“. For this recipe, you need a candy thermometer and a stand mixer. Below you will find my notes from this recipe. For the full recipe, visit Food Network’s website.
1. You will need unflavored gelatin. This can be easily found near the Jell-O packages at any supermarket.
2. When cooking the sugar syrup carefully monitor the temperature. It didn’t take me as long as it took him to get to 240 degrees.
3. Let your mixer run without stopping for 15 minutes. This is why you really need a stand mixer. Your arm would break off if you just use a hand mixer.
4. I did this recipe with a couple 4 year olds. They enjoying watching the gelatin bloom as well as watching the mixer turn a liquid into a bright shiny white candy.
5. I used a bigger pan than Alton, so my marshmallows were a bit thinner.
6. I let my marshmallows rest for about 5 hours. They were pretty firm, with only a minor amount of sticking.
Once you have had these homemade marshmallows you will never want to go back. They don’t taste like chalk. The pure vanilla extracts imparts to the candy a great flavor. They have a gooey, creamy center. Everyone who sampled them raved about them and couldn’t help but go back for more!
Recipe Grade: A