We Make Marshmallows and So Can You

No, it is not complicated.
Yes, it is messy.Especially if you lick the paddle,

and the spoon,
and the bowl. See how well the children share when given mass amounts of sugar?

Barefoot Contessa's Marshmallow Recipe

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (I only add 1 teaspoon - Sorry Contessa, my vanilla is strong.)
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
With the mixer on low speed slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

With a sieve, generously dust an 8 x 12-inch non-metal baking dish with confectioners' sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top and dust with more confectioners' sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.

Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. dust them with more confectioners' sugar.

Yield: 20 to 40 marshmallows, depending on cut size
Recipe from: Barefoot Contessa Family-Style by Ina Garten (Clarkson N. Potter)

Nothing beats toasted marshmallows for an afternoon snack on a cold, rainy day;

and nothing, but nothing, beats our first pomegranate of the season for dessert.

Finally, here's a follow-up on the funny flower story:

Watch out FTD, this boy delivers flowers.


  1. Psst - I have plenty of marshmallows for our knitting lesson today. And Marjorie - You can borrow my candy thermometer, or any of my kitchen gadgets, anytime.

  2. Perfect -- knitting lessons and marshmallows. I've got the hot chocolate!

  3. Ahhhh, it's marshmallow season again. These really are the best! Especially melted in hot chocolate.

    Thanks for being my extended kitchen. You're the best.

  4. What? Wait.. there's marshmallows, knitting lessons, cozy fires and smoochie faced kids? Now it's my turn to wish we lived closer! I'd be over in a flash... and after a look at that bowl, my guys wouldn't be far behind!

  5. How long did the sugar rush last? Enjoy the 'mallows and knitting!

  6. mmm... that looks so so good. My kids have been dying to do that. I'm with Stefani - totally wish I lived closer.

  7. We're going to have another knitter in the world? Wonderful! Molly, one day we need to figure out how many people we've helped to learn the art of knitting. My group meets next Friday night.

  8. Yes, time for marshmallows!

  9. How fun... I will keep this recipe for later... YUM!

    I love pomegranates... You probably already know this but if you put the membrane and the little fruit things in a bowl it will separate for you... Yum!

  10. Ooooo ... I bookmarked you just for the marshmallows. We'll have to try it.

  11. ah. man. i don't have a candy therm. we've been using our own homemade hot cocoa mix and we just used the last of our marshmallows this morning. time to start making our own. :) just not this today i guess.....

    oh. and you should know. fifi says, 'hot cocoa come to me' in the morning and just makes sure the night before she will be able to have some in the morning. AND this morning i said to her as she was turning away to go do something else, 'you're so cute' and she said, 'totally am' turned around gave a smirk and gave her bumkin a swat :) oh my. i thought you guys might enjoy that :) xxooxx!!

  12. i'm making mallows right. now. and thinking of you :)

  13. now i'm going to try them with agar agar instead of gelatin. i'll let you know how it goes. miss you friend.

    [have you ever considered facebook? can't believe i'm the one asking, but i am.] xo

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  16. Totally worth the work and the mess! thank you for sharing.



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