If you open my pantry most anytime from September through April,(though I would be somewhat embarrassed for you to see it), you will find a container of homemade hot chocolate mix. I usually make a huge batch every fall. It takes no time to put together and tastes SO much better than packaged mixes. It is also great to include in a gift baskets or as a little homemade gift for teachers or neighbors.
For years, I’ve thought about making homemade marshmallows, but never had done it. I decided that this was the year to try. I just made one batch as an experiment and you see the result below. They were very good, though a little plain. Next time I think I’ll try some flavored variations.
When my son saw the picture that I was posting, he commented that my plate looked dusty dirty. For the record, that is powdered sugar. The dish that you pour the marshmallow mixture into has a dusting of powdered sugar and then more dusted on top. This is to prevent sticking since obviously marshmallows are a rather sticky mess!
Whether you go for homemade or store marshmallows, just be sure you make homemade hot chocolate. Perfect to warm you up on these cold winter days!
- 2 pound box Nestle’s Quik
- 1-8 quart box instant milk
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 8 ounce jar powdered coffee creamer
Mix all ingredients together in a very large container.
To serve, fill cup about 1/3-1/2 full of mix and fill with boiling water. (Be generous with your chocolate mix!) 🙂
Ingredients: (Makes about 1 pound)
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 c cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
Soften gelatin in cold water 5 minutes; then dissolve by stirring over hot water.
Combine sugar, salt and boiling water in 2-quart. heavy saucepan.
Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, to the soft crack stage (280 degrees).
Pour into mixing bowl along with the gelatin mixture and beat at low speed for 3 minutes; continue beating at medium speed for 10 minutes or until mixture is fluffy and creamy.
Add vanilla and pour into an 8″ square pan dusted with powdered sugar.
Cool 1/2 hour or until set, then cut into squares.
Place in airtight container and put in refrigerator, freezer, or other cold place until ready to use.