Chocolate and Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate and Strawberry Marshmallows

Happy Friday, guys! I can’t even believe how fast these weeks have been going – I’d like to say I’m glad, since I can’t WAIT for summer, but life goes fast enough that I am doing my best to enjoy every day, ice and snow included.

Although winter usually means I spend most of my nights with slippers donned and only my eyes peeking out of the cozy cocoon of an afghan, I’m proud to say I have still been dragging myself out of the house some evenings. Earlier this week I met some friends for dinner at a new restaurant downtown, and it was so nice to get out and socialize. The cuisine was Indian, and while the food was tasty, it was cooooold! Total bummer. The server offered to reheat it, but since we were starving and had already waited quite a while, we ended up just eating it cold. Boo!

The restaurant did gift us with some chai and dessert as an apology, and although it was delicious (and warm), I still came home and treated myself to some of these homemade marshmallows.

chocolate and strawberry marshmallows

Have you ever tried your hand at homemade marshmallows?! I have always been intrigued by the idea but didn’t take the plunge until recently, when I started experimenting with different ingredients and flavour combos. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, chocolate and strawberry seemed like the perfect place to start!

I tried one batch using honey, and although it worked, I largely favoured the batch with corn syrup. I try to use mostly natural sweeteners in the kitchen, but I’m ok with sacrificing this every so often for the sake of perfect texture, taste and consistency. The corn syrup makes a marshmallow that is much more like the store-bought kind we’re used to; I found the honey marshmallows to be much too sticky!

The remaining marshmallow ingredients are pretty basic; sugar, water, salt and gelatin. I used a simple strawberry puree for the strawberry flavour and colour, and a touch of cocoa powder for the chocolate flavour.

Once everything is all warmed up and combined together, you will need to whip the mixture for 15-20 minutes; I have only used a stand mixer, so I can’t speak to how effective a handheld mixer would be. I would personally get exhausted from holding a hand mixer on medium-high for that long! Once the marshmallow mixture becomes very thick, pour it into a 9×13 pan lined with plastic wrap and sprayed with non-stick spray. Work quickly to spread it out, as the marshmallows begin to harden quite quickly!

As you can see – homemade marshmallows are SO quick to whip up, but you will have to hold back from cutting and tasting them for 8-12 hours…it’s a little painful. Sorry.

After dusting the marshmallows with a corn starch/icing sugar mixture, they’re ready to cut. I found the easiest way to cut the marshmallows was to use a pizza cutter – I started with a knife but it gummed up fairly quickly! If you’re cutting your marshmallows into cute shapes, keep your cutter dusted with the powdered mixture. You’ll have some excess scraps if you choose to make shapes, but the scraps are just as delicious!

The marshmallows will keep for a few weeks in an airtight container (if they last that long). Eat them just the way they are, use them in smores, rice krispie treats, or our favourite – in hot chocolate!

We’ve been loving this hot chocolate recipe from my pal Dawn!

So – did I inspire you to make some marshmallows of your own? I plan to gift some of these cute little hearts to some friends for our upcoming group Valentine’s Day dinner party – don’t you think it would be such a fun party favour to receive? 

Chocolate and Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate and Strawberry Marshmallows

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Yield 16 cups

Skip store-bought and make your own marshmallows! This easy recipe shows you how to make strawberry and chocolate marshmallows using only a few ingredients. The perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine's Day!

Ingredients

Strawberry Marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree (see notes)*
  • 3 packages (3 tbsp) gelatin powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup clear corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate Marshmallows

  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 3 packages (3 tbsp) gelatin powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup clear corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Dusting Powder

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with plastic wrap, and spray it with non-stick spray. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the pan.
  2. Pour the strawberry puree (or 1/2 cup water for chocolate) into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and sprinkle the gelatin over the entire surface. Allow this mixture to sit untouched while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  3. In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring every minute. When the mixture begins to form large bubbles, immediately remove it from heat and pour it over the puree/water and gelatin in the stand mixer, with the mixer running on low. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and allow it to run for 15-20 minutes, or until the marshmallow mixture has become very thick. 
    • If making chocolate marshmallows, add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and whip together until combined.
  4. Moving quickly, use a spatula to scrape the mixture into the sprayed pan and smooth it out evenly as best as possible. Allow the marshmallows to sit, untouched and uncovered for 8-12 hours.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and corn starch to create the "dusting powder". When ready to cut the marshmallows, grab the ends of the plastic wrap to lift the marshmallows out of the pan and flip them onto a large cutting board that has been sprinkled with dusting powder.
  6. Using a pizza cutter or large knife dipped into the dusting powder, cut the marshmallows into the size you desire. Frequently dust the cutter/knife to keep it running smoothly. Place the cut marshmallow pieces into the dusting powder, shake off the excess and store. If using a cookie cutter, be sure to keep the cutter dusted to prevent it from gumming up.

Marshmallows will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 weeks.

Notes

  1. The strawberry puree is simply 1 cup of strawberries pureed with 1 tbsp of water in the blender; frozen can also be used. Measure out 1/2 cup.

chocolate and strawberry marshmallows

 

 

Skip store-bought and make your own marshmallows! This easy recipe shows you how to make strawberry and chocolate marshmallows using only a few ingredients. The perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine's Day!

 

30 Comments

  1. Agree completely ! Nothing better than chocolate and and marshmallows to heal 🙂

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    Homemade marshmallows are about 10 billion times better than the store-bought kind. And they’re so much fun to make aren’t they? I love the little heart shapes; I made something similar last year but I used jam to flavor them. I like the idea to use fruit puree better. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  3. It was a bummer about your meal! We don’t go out too often, but when we do we look forward to it and it’s so disappointing when something like that happens 🙁 I’ve never in my life made marshmallows, but I can imagine that they’re SO much better than anything you could buy in a store. Plus, these are heart shaped so automatically they are the cutest 🙂 Pinning and going to give them a try…though, it will be difficult to wait for them to set up 😉 Thanks a million for the hot chocolate shout out! So happy that you enjoy it!!! Hugs! Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! XO

    • It’s such a bummer, isn’t it!? I also sooo look forward to going out to eat, it’s fairly rare for me these days so ya – boo! You’ve GOT to try the marshmallows, Dawn! You’ll never go back. It is very tough to wait for them to set – I kept poking them haha just waaaaaiting!! We love your hot chocolate! Hope you had a great weekend too my friend!

  4. Oh my gosh, these are the cutest! Such a great idea for Valentine’s Day treats instead gifting store bought chocolate. Love the pairing with hot chocolate! Perfect for cold evenings cozied up by the fire!

  5. I’ve always been afraid to try homemade marshmallows but these look totally doable. Thanks for sharing!

  6. siftandsimmer

    Ugggh, it irks me when food that’s supposed to be hot comes served cold. But those marshmallows look so yummy! Homemade is always better… And what a great idea using the heart cookie cutter to cut them out. i could use some in my hot chocolate right about now! 🙂

  7. Homemade marshmallows are sooooooo good and yours are beautiful! I can’t wait for summer but I try and enjoy the snow.

  8. Katherine, these are the cutest marshmallows…I have never made them before, I always thought that it was too difficult. But these look amazing, I have got to give it a try 🙂

  9. I recently discovered how easy it is to make marshmallows and now I’m obsessed! Your marshmallows look so light and fluffy! I just want to eat them all 🙂 XOXO

  10. marcie@flavorthemoments

    Cold food is a major bummer…I hate when that happens! I totally agree with you…I use natural sweeteners as much as possible but marshmallows are better with corn syrup. It doesn’t hurt every now and then right? These are so cute and I love that you got both chocolate AND strawberry flavors in these!

    • Such a bummer! I really should have sent it back – ah well! I’m glad you agree – every once in a while has to be ok! Thank you so much – I love to mix and match the flavours in a hot chocolate 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

  11. You’ve made marshmallow making so easy Kathy, I’ve never had the courage to try making them at home.The strawberry ones are my favorite – so fluffy, light and cuteness overload. Such a perfect Valentines treat!!

  12. I had to laugh at the image of you peeking out of an afghan during winter months – I relate. I have a fuzzy gray blanket that Keith has named my ‘Chewbacca blankie’ because I drag it around everywhere, lol. I digress…

    I love to make homemade marshmallows – they are so far beyond anything you can buy in the store. But I’ve never flavored them and these look darling and super delicious. You have me wanting to whip up a batch for Valentine’s day!

    • Haha – Chewbacca sounds very cozy and comforting!! You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to stay warm!!! I can’t believe it took me so long to try making my own marshmallows! Way better than store bought!! Hope you had a great weekend Marissa! XO

  13. Okay, I’m going to have to make my own marshmallow soon, and I’m going to start with these! They are so adorable and you make it sound easy. As much as I like the store bought ones, I bet the homemade ones are going to taste so much better! Pinning.

  14. These marshmallows are adorable! Though I have never made them, you’ve given me all the inspiration I need! Too cute!

  15. These are perfect for Valentine’s Day (and for when your dinner out was less than stellar—boo!). I made marshmallows for s’mores and took them to a neighborhood gathering—everyone was shocked that you could actually make them at home. But that was a decade ago—maybe it’s time for another batch??

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