I remember the first time I ever tried homemade marshmallows; we were living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Up until that point I had never really liked marshmallows – they were super sweet with no point to the sweetness. They had a weird, chewy, sticky consistency with no real flavor.
I was in awe of the first homemade marshmallows that I tried. Not only were they heavenly and sooo insanely delicious, I was blown away that you COULD actually make marshmallows at home. I did not grow up in a “candy making” kind of family, except for peanut brittle once in a while. Not much has changed in that regard. I haven’t raised my kids in a “candy making” kind of family. …except for my spicy mixed nut brittle and these homemade marshmallows!
Homemade marshmallows should never be compared to the store-bought variety. The only thing they have in common, besides the name, is… well, nothing really.
These homemade marshmallows are so soft and light. They melt in your mouth like sugary air with an intense hit of vanilla that lingers, making you want to reach for another… and another. They are delish all on their own; dipped in chocolate they are pure decadence. However, they really steal the show when you use them to top a cup of rich hot chocolate.
The perfect dessert for a cold January night!
Time has drilled a hole in my brain and I cannot remember the name of the cute lady who gave me this recipe. I remember her story of how this recipe was a family tradition: they would make them every Easter and Christmas. I remember so much else about her: dinners, trips to the zoo, and even camping with them and other student families. She introduced me to a ton of different desserts, new card games, a new book titled Harry Potter, and this recipe for Homemade Marshmallows. I just wish I could come up with her name.
Enjoy the Yummy!