Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Corn Syrup Free Marshmallows

Yes, you can make them at home!
Every year since I have had children old enough to ask for hot cocoa I have made marshmallows.  They are one of only two candies I make.  The other being Modjeskas, which are really just caramel wrapped marshmallows (but are they ever addictive).
It seems that the whole country is trying to kick the corn syrup habit and our family is no exception.  It really cannot be healthy to eat so much corn anyway, regardless of its multivalence of forms and array of talents.  I took the liberty of modifying Martha's recipe to suit our needs and I have to say that I am pleased with the results.  I doubled this recipe and it worked like a charm.  If you do double it use a Bosch, your Kitchen Aid would float away on a hot syrupy river.  I used honey, but any syrup would do in its stead.

1 box of Knox gelatin (4 pkgs total)
1½ c cold water divided
3 cups of sugar (you can use raw sugar or organic sugar, but not sucanat or rapadura, it must be sugar of some variety)
1¼ c honey or agave nectar
½ t. sea salt
2 t. vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste.  So yummy!)
powdered sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add gelatin and ¾ c cold water.

In a large heavy bottom pot, place the rest of your ingredients except vanilla: sugar, water, honey, and salt. Bring to a boil. continue to cook until it reaches 234°F-240°F on a candy thermometer (the soft ball stage).

Turn the mixer on low and pour hot syrup in a continuous stream into the mixer. Be careful. Raise the speed of the mixer slowly, so as not to slosh it all over the place. Raise the speed until it is on high. The syrup will go from a gold or tan to a off white and finally a winter white (sugar and corn syrup yield a bright white confection, this is less white, but still very white). It will take approximately 15 minutes. 

When you have a thick, white shiny taffy-looking stuff add your vanilla.
In a 11x13 pyrex dish (greased well), pour the marshmallow creme. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar and set overnight. Cut into squares 12 hours later and dip in powdered sugar. 

Store in an air tight container, best within 2 days, but we eat them as long as they last.


Michelle M. said...

Thanks for sharing this. I definitely want to try it out with my kids. They love marshmallows.

Svetlana said...

I strongly recommend that you use a mild honey. The perfume of honey can be overwhelming to your cocoa. On the other hand, it's great for other recipes. It just depends on what you want to do with them.

Thanks for commenting.

H West said...

Thanks for this! Can't wait to try it!