What could possibly be better than a homemade marshmallow melting into a hot mug of cocoa? On a cold day like today, especially when I’m feeling more than just a little under the weather, absolutely nothing.
And it turns out marshmallows aren’t that hard to make in your own home. Sticky, sure, but not that hard. I admit I was a little intimidated at first, which is why marshmallows have sat untouched on my to-make list for several years now. But Steve and I have been enjoying so much hot cocoa this winter and store bought marshmallows just don’t even come close.
Marshmallows begin with a little gelatin and water mixed with hot sugar and whipped till white and fluffy. Then you add stiff egg whites and flavorings and pour it all into a prepared dish to stiffen up. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Believe me, it’s worth it.
I’m a sucker for nearly all things coconut, and so I thought it would be fun to make this batch coconut flavored, dusted with shredded coconut. But if coconut isn’t for you, simply omit the coconut extract and toss the marshmallows in powdered sugar instead.
If you’ve never had a homemade marshmallow, you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re light and airy, and not overly sweet. And they will do wonders for your hot cocoa, though these little heavenly pillows are perfect all by themselves.