Jello Marshmallows. Not Jello and marshmallows. JELLO MARSHMALLOWS! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little obsessed with homemade marshmallows. The little puffs are heavenly and, surprisingly, not too sweet! Made with basically sugar and gelatin, they’re also fairly simple. One day I thought “why not use Jello?!?!?” and of course ran to my friend, Google. I found a recipe for a recipe for Jello flavored Marshmallows from Joy of Jello. Um, this could be something horrid or something amazing. Turns out, it’s pretty amazing.
I decided to use Raspberry Jello since that’s what was in my pantry. Simple enough.
First step: Sprinkle the Jello and gelatin over the cold water in your stand mixer bowl. Slap on the whisk attachment. Yes, you should use a stand mixer. Or have really strong arms and a hand mixer that is strong like bull.
Then in a medium sauce pan, cook the sugar, corn syrup and water until the thermometer reaches 240-250 degrees. The original recipe says a minute or something, but trust me, use a thermometer. Please remember cooked sugar is hot as ish and will leave some nasty burns, so no little ones around and wear long sleeves. Or don’t be a klutz.
Cooking a little more
After it’s done, turn the stove off, turn the mixer on low and SLOWLY pour the sugar into the Jello. the stream should never be larger than the width of a regular pen.
Once it’s all in there, turn the mixer on high and let it go crazy for about 10 minutes.
It’ll get lighter and bigger.
In the meantime, get a metal 9″ x 13″ pan. Spray it with some cooking spray and sprinkle evenly with some powdered sugar. I forgot to take a picture of that step. Sorry. it was 12 am…
After the marshmallows have been whipped for about8- 10 minutes, the volume should have triple in size and the bowl should be lukewarm. Throw in a teaspoon of vanilla at this point and mix for a minute or so. It’ll make a weird noise. It’s ok.
Take a greased spatula and pour the mix into the prepared pan. It’s really, really sticky so work fast. If the spatula and the marshmallow mix are showing a strong affinity for each other, dip the spatula in some water and keep on moving. Remember, you will never get all the marshmallow goo out of the pan. Just accept it.
Spread it out evenly and let it sit overnight. The recipe says to sprinkle a powdered sugar/cornstarch mix on the top. I didn’t because the wet spatula left little pools of water on it, and I didn’t want it to get crusty. So I waited an hour or so.
After it sets, carefully peel it out of the pan and slap it on a surface covered with a cornstarch/powdered sugar mix. Use a knife, pizza cutter, cookie cutter, scissor, machete or whatever to cut up the marshmallows. Just make sure it’s greased or wet. I use a knife dusted with powdered sugar. Don’t forget to toss the cut up marshmallows in a powdered sugar/ cornstarch mix as well.
Voila! Yummy marshmallows!
The original recipe is here if you want to try it out! I can’t wait to try it with other flavors!!!!!