Chocolate Marshmallows, and a sweet return

It’s great to be back, but what’s even better is that my friend, Catharine, is finally back from her East Coast trip, too.

Summers in Minnesota are short as it is, so when you’re gone for a month, you return feeling as if you’ve missed an entire season of socializing. Because summer here is the time to connect: you make friends unexpectedly while walking down the sidewalks collecting bugs with your children.

When winter settles in, snow blankets the park and it empties. You have to match up schedules to meet. And there’s more work involved: snow pants, boots, hats and gloves, always one missing.

But enough about winter; it’ll be here soon enough. Tonight we’re walking down to Catharine’s house to barbecue, but first, we’re making homemade chocolate marshmallows to roast. We’ve shied away from corn syrup, although it feels almost sacrilegious to desecrate a Martha recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows, adapted from Martha Stewart:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Oil a 9-by-13 inch baking dish. Line with parchment paper, and then oil that as well.

Pour 3/4 cup cold of water in a mixing bowl. Add gelatin and stir until softened.

In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar, cocoa powder, salt and 1 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir occasionally. When temperature reaches 240 degrees (use a candy thermometer), remove mixture from stove. Add to gelatin.

Beat the mixture for about 12 minutes, increasing speed as it thickens. When stiff, pour in vanilla and beat again.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish and let set for 3 hours.

Dust your work surface with 1 cup of sifted confectioners’ sugar. Remove marshmallow from baking dish and place it on sugar. Take off parchment paper.

Cut into 2-inch squares, and roll marshmallows in remaining confectioners’ sugar.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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05. August 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
Categories: Food | Tags: , , , , , , , | 17 comments

Comments (17)

  1. I am forwarding this link to my sister in law. She LOVES to make marshmellows and would probably enjoy this recicpe!

  2. Wow! They look great!

  3. chocolate marshmallows? who knew?

  4. Ok – I think I am in heaven, this would be great to try with the older kids ~ thanks for such a wonderful receipe!

  5. Stopping from Mom Loop! This looks so good. I don’t think I could eat just one of them.Have a great weekend!

  6. I know what you mean about short summers, my husband and I lived in Wisconsin for a couple of years while he was attending grad school. It seemed like summer was just beginning when it ended!

  7. It’s really sad how much my mouth is watering right now ; )

    South Beach is killing me. It’s working, but killing me!

  8. It’s nice to see a recipe for marshmallows that doesn’t use corn syrup. I still use it in some recipes, but try really hard to look for ways to avoid it, too.

  9. Hi Jennifer, my kids love marshmallows but I refuse to buy them for the corn syrup in them (even at the healthfood store). I will have to try and make these using coconut oil!

    Would love it if you would consider sharing this blog or another post at Monday Mania. Hope to see you there!

  10. That looks awesome, and I’m not a big fan of marshmallows OR chocolate. My partner would ADORE that, though. I have to try it.

  11. Your blog is so cute :D

  12. I have been looking for a homemade marshmallow recipe!!! Thanks! I heard you can make them yourself but never have, and have wanted to try!

  13. I’m a Midwestern girl too…..Chicago. My dad is from Minnesota. I know this will be blaspheme of the worst kind but I am so ready for fall and winter. We are baking our butts down here and the mosquitos are the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. I say that ever year, but it’s really really true this year. I can’t be outside for 3 minutes without getting 5 new bites. My daughter is COVERED. I’m ready for the first frost!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’m your newest follower! Maybe I should try the marshmallow recipe to get me back in the summer spirit before it’s too late…

  14. Hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog! I love recipe blogs, so I am happy to encounter yours. And these marshmallows look yummy; I bet my kidlets would love them.

  15. My boys would love these! I’ll have to give it a try.

  16. Truth be told, I lived on marshmallows and diet coke in college. I LOVE them with a passion. I have to have my husband hide the bag! I’ve never made them myself, but you’re an inspiration!

  17. This recipe looks like a lot of fun! I’ll have to try it out soon! Also, I like that you shied away from corn syrup. Good choice!

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