This recipe is from Downshiftology: How to Make Homemade Marshmallows. You can also use maple syrup! I only made a half recipe and it made quite a bit - it really grows!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 35 marshmallows
(1 cup, divided) water
(3 Tbsp) gelatin
(1 cup) honey or maple syrup
(1/4 tsp) salt
(1 tsp) vanilla extract
(1/2 cup) powdered sugar
(1/2 cup) arrowroot powder
- Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bowl of a stand mixer (remove the beaters for now) and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to bloom for at least 10 minutes. (I don't have a stand mixer, but used a hand mixer and it worked just fine!)
- While the gelatin is blooming, add the remaining 1/2 cup water, honey and salt to a small pot with a candy thermometer. Heat on medium-high and stir the mixture for the first minute only, keeping a close eye that it doesn't boil over (*stirring later in the process may contribute to the sugar mixture boiling over). Cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit (the "soft ball" stage). This should take approximately 12-15 minutes.
- Turn the stand mixer on low to break up the gelatin and slowly and carefully pour the sugar mixture on top. Gradually increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture has tripled in size, resembles marshmallow fluff and is cool to the touch. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes. In the last minute, add the vanilla extract.
- While the marshmallow is beating, line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper. Stir the powdered sugar and arrowroot powder together in a separate bowl and sprinkle onto the parchment paper.
- Pour the marshmallow onto the pan and quickly flatten the top with an offset spatula. Sprinkle some powdered sugar mix on top and allow to set a minimum of 6 hours or overnight.
- Remove the parchment paper from the marshmallow, then invert the marshmallow onto a cutting board, dusted with more powdered sugar mix.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the marshmallow into squares. Add more powdered sugar mix as necessary to prevent sticking.
- Eat the marshmallows immediately or place in a storage container for 1-2 days.