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How to Make Marshmallows


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Assemble Your Ingredients
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These light, fluffy marshmallows are perfect for eating plain or using in any recipe that calls for marshmallows. You can experiment with different colors, flavored extracts, or additives such as chopped nuts or dried fruits. This photo tutorial will show how to make basic vanilla-flavored marshmallows. For easily printable instructions, please refer to the Basic Marshmallows recipe. To begin, first assemble your ingredients:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1.5 cups water, divided in half
  • 4 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Additional flavoring or coloring, optional
  • 13x9 pan
  • candy thermometer
  • Large stand mixer with whisk attachment
Before you begin making the marshmallows, prepare your pan by covering it with foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the powdered sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl, and sprinkle a generous dusting of this sugar/starch mixture over the entire pan. Set the pan aside while you prepare the marshmallow, and save the sugar/starch mixture for later use.

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