Who is ready to up their hot chocolate game?
These homemade marshmallows are sure to boost your street cred and gain you some major points with Grandma this holiday season.
(apparently I talk like a gangster now)
If you have been looking for something fun to bring to Thanksgiving dinner but your sweet Mom/Aunt keeps telling you they’ve got it covered…these marshmallows are your ticket to getting out of dish duty!
Once the meal is over and it is time for dessert, you can bust out some hot chocolate, add some booze (of course) and then top it all off with a fluffy, giant, vanilla bean specked marshmallow.
Everyone will be impressed (and tipsy) which means extra hugs and kisses (which can be a good thing or bad thing depending on which distant relatives show up).
I made some homemade hot chocolate to try with these marshmallows and promise to share that recipe asap! It doesn’t matter if its homemade, or from a packet (sometimes nothing tastes better than a packet of Swiss Miss) or just straight Baileys…these marshmallows will be a welcome addition to the hot drink of your choice this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
You could also add some fun food coloring to these if you were feeling extra festive. Or omit the vanilla beans if you don’t have those on hand. You could also coat these in chocolate and add some fun decorations to them if you wanted to serve them as treats rather than put them into your drinks. No matter what you do, I hope you make them and share them with all your friends (or dip them in chocolate and share them with no one but your cat).
2 Packets Gelatin
8 Tablespoons Cold Water
1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Cold Water
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Vanilla Bean, Seeds Scraped (Optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Put the gelatin in a small bowl with the 8 tablespoons of water and let sit.
Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray and line with a layer of parchment paper. Spray parchment as well and sprinkle with powdered sugar to coat bottom and sides. Set aside.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining water and sugar. Heat over medium, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and it looks a bit bubbly. About 5 minutes. Then stir in the gelatin mixture and bring it to a boil. Once boiling and dissolved remove from heat immediately. Add to the bowl of an electric mixer and let cool for about 5 minutes. Then, with the whisk attachment, mix for about 10-15 minutes until it is fluffy and shiny and thickened. Once thickened, pour into prepared pan and let sit for about 4 hours. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar.
Use a very sharp knife to cut marshmallows in to squares. If you are giving these as gifts, I recommend you toss each cube in some powdered sugar so the sides don’t all stick together. Serve these in a cup of hot chocolate, dip them into chocolate or eat them just as they are. You will LOVE how fun and tasty these marshmallows are. They will up you hot chocolate game instantly!
(Recipe adapted from the howsweeteats.com blog)