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Candy Recipe: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows For Dummies

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Marshmallows are one of those candies which I absolutely adore eating. Loads of them jammed into a cup of hot chocolate, eaten straight out of the bag, squished up with a square of chocolate or in a s’more… I just adore marshmallows. I’ve tried making them previously, with mixed results. Either not the right consistency (not squidgy enough or too squidgy) or just impossible to handle, marshmallow making has not been one of my great culinary successes.

This time I set out to find the easiest recipe, with the least amount of ingredients and the minimum messing about. I finally found a recipe which has only three ingredients (four if you count water) and is basically idiot-proof. Mariko previously wrote about a marshmallow recipe that was too complex for me – this one is much easier.

I’ve since made these marshmallows several times. While I like the final product, it does taste a bit “gelatine-ish” – so if you’re very picky, perhaps try an egg-white based recipe (but be prepared to own things like a sugar thermometer). The vanilla bean in this recipe is a pretty expensive ingredient but well worth it – it adds to the flavor a lot, and makes you look cool for using a gourmet ingredient.

Vanilla MarshmallowsVanilla Bean Marshmallows
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp granulated gelatine
1 vanilla bean

Line a 1.5 inch deep baking dish with baking paper, or just spray with vegetable oil spray. Set aside.

Combine gelatine, sugar, 2/3 cup hot water, the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean and the bean itself in a medium pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the syrup goes clear (about 3-4 minutes.) Strain into the bowl of an electric mixer. (At this point you can wash and dry the bean and use it for other things.) Allow syrup to cool for 30 minutes, then whip on high speed with the whisk attachment of your mixer. Once the mixture is white and glossy and very thick (about 10 minutes), spread it into the baking pan. Allow to set at room temperature for one hour or until firm, then cut into squares using a kinfe sprayed with oil. To store, liberally dust the squares with either potato flour or confectioner’s sugar – alternatively you could roll these in coconut, but then that’s another ingredient!

Simple to do and gorgeous to eat, these little babies also make a great gift for other Candy Addicts in your life. You could play with this recipe, too – add some essences, colors, and so on. Alternatively whip up a batch of home made graham crackers, and start the process of making them into s’mores… they’re so good they’ll make you swoon!

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8 Responses to “Candy Recipe: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows For Dummies”

  1. 1
    oakling says:

    Normally I am against things that call themselves “For Dummies,” but those are awfully tempting marshmallows!!

  2. 2
    Julie Nicolay says:

    The only way my family ever drank hot chocolate was to smush 4 or 5 marshmallows (only the regular sized ones; we never bought the minis) into the mug, and then let the hot chocolate melt them quite a bit. Oh wait, maybe that was just me!

    I’d eat the melted ones and then cram more in, until I’d managed to consume a pretty large quantity with my small amount of hot chocolate. Now, as an adult, I can’t seem to drink hot chocolate and really enjoy it without the marshmallows. This recipe sounds great, and with the addition of that vanilla even more wonderful! I am NOT waiting for November to make these to cram into any mug. Nope, I’m makin’ ‘em this weekend! I might even be bold and dye ‘em pink then roll them in coconut…

  3. 3
    JGarrett says:

    I think this is awesome! Homemade sweets are the best. Plus to mention on the dummies thing. I think some of the most useful and most accurate books are the ones for dummies.

    GOOD JOB! I can’t wait to see your next one!

  4. 4
    JEP says:

    Thanks–always wanted to try & make my own!

  5. 5
    Carrie says:

    I adore marshmallows also and these sound awesome!

    I must be blind though…am I just not seeing it or does it not say what you do with the gelatine?

  6. 6
    MichelleG says:


    You’re right! You add the gelatine to the pot with everything else (the sugar, water, bean).



  7. 7
    JB says:

    Looks good! Gotta try this one

  8. 8
    Theresa Fisher says:

    I would like to know how to make the chicks and rabbits
    that is sold by Brach’s

    Thank You
    Theresa Fisher

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