Handmade Marshmallows for Christmas
Dr. Suess is really one of my favorite authors.That may seem strange coming from an adult but the great Theodor Seuss Geisel really has some of the most profound things to say about life and happiness. My grandpa had a giant collection of Dr. Seuss children’s books. They were piled high on his office shelves and I remember carefully picking one out with my sisters and cousins to bring to our grandpa to read to us as we snuggled in our pajamas with mugs of hot coco during sleep overs. I’m sure you all know the old classics like Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish and Green Eggs and Ham but who can forget Dr. Suess’ timeless Christmas story How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Some wise words from the Doctor himself. Let us not forget that Christmas is about spending time with the ones you love and making new memories with each other not the size of the gifts you receive. In honor of the great Doctor I decided to make Marshmallows this year to give away as gifts. I think the best kind of present is the kind you make yourself.
A little sugar never hurts either 😉
Marshmallows are actually a lot of fun to make and surprisingly easy too! They are super versatile and can be mixed with any flavors that you like. Try out salted caramel or honey lavender or even cherry almond! But for Christmas I wanted to stick with some classic flavors that would go perfect in hot coco 🙂
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup water, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
About 8 drops of red food coloring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup melted chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut extract
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted
Place the gelatin into a bowl with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat and clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat. It should take about 8 to 10 minutes.
While you are waiting for the sugar syrup to reach 240 degrees you can prepare your pan that the marshmallows will set up in. Simply spray the pan with on-stick cooking spray and coat generously with powder sugar. The size of you pan really depends on how thick you want your marshmallows. I find a 9’ by 7’ worked well for me.
If you are making the coconut marshmallows put ½ cup of the toasted coconut on the bottom of you powder sugar coated pan and save the other ½ cup to put over the top of the marshmallows.
Once your sugar syrup is ready turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add whatever extract flavoring you want during the last minute of whipping. It really helps to have a stand mixer for this but if you are like me and don’t have one just use your hand mixer, yes you have stand there mixing for 15 minutes but it’s totally worth it!
Now just dump you marshmallow mixture into your pan then if you are making the peppermint drip your red food coloring on the top and use a knife to swirl it around, do the same thing with the melted chocolate. Once that is done let it set up for about 4 hours or longer.
Once your marshmallows are all set simply plop them on a cutting board and cut to whatever size you want 😉
This post is dedicated to my Grandpa. Thank you for introducing me to the world of Dr. Suess.
Love You! Merry Christmas!
P.S. if you have never read a Dr, Suess book you should buy one immediately! They will change your life as you know it 😉