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Healthier Homemade Marshmallows

Candy and Christmas go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. The holiday season is filled with sweets at all of the various December celebrations. The marshmallow is the quintessential winter candy and most kids can’t get enough of them…

A literal pit of pure marshmallow joy at Candytopia in NYC. These kids couldn’t get enough and then after frolicking in the giant pit of (imitation) puffs, they were given real marshmallows to munch on. 

Why wasn’t this around when we were kids?!

While our kids love these sweet puffs of sugar, we don’t love their ingredients. The leading store-bought brand is full of corn syrup, chemical additives, artificial colors and flavors. You may be surprised to learn that conventional, store bought marshmallows contain Blue #1. WHY?! As dietitians, we really aren’t fans of artificial colors, which have been linked to ADHD, allergies and even cancer. 

So, we set out to make a healthier, homemade version. These had just a few ingredients and our picky kids actually liked the taste better. They looked a little different than the store-bought version, but they were fun to make and a whole lot better for you. Replacing highly refined corn syrup with pure maple syrup provided the added bonus of up to 24 different antioxidants found naturally with help fight inflammation in the body. Pure maple syrup also is high in zinc and manganese along as well as containing calcium and potassium. 

We made a regular version and a matcha green tea version. These were prepared with love and excitement by our little helpers, hence the different shapes and sizes. However, they all still tasted delicious!

The matcha ones were the perfect topping for our Matcha Latte

We enjoyed our all-natural versions on hot cocoa during a neighborhood sleigh ride. 

These marshmallows last up to 10 days in a sealed container, so we plan to have them again with our healthier hot cocoa

Naughty or Nice?

Cheers to a healthier hot cocoa topping! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season! 

5 from 1 vote

Natural Marshmallows

A healthier marshmallow, free of artificial colors/flavors/preservatives

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c unflavored gelatin powder all-natural
  • 1 c warm water, divided
  • 1 c pure maple syrup organic
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8-1/4 c powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. add gelatin powder to 1/2 c of the warm water in a stand mixer bowl, quickly stir to dissolve

  2. add other 1/2c water to 1 c maple syrup into saucepan and boil for 5 minutes, mixing entire time

  3. mix water/gelatin mixture on medium speed in mixer while adding in maple syrup mixture

  4. turn mixer up to high speed and mix for about 5-7 minutes or until it begins to form a thick cream consistency and add in the vanilla extract at this time

  5. coat a baking dish with cooking spray and a light dusting of powdered sugar or line with parchment paper

  6. pour marshmallow cream into dish and smooth into even layer 

  7. let set for minimum of 5 hours on counter (do not place in refrigerator or will melt!)

  8. cut into bite size pieces and dust with light coating of powdered sugar. store in airtight container lined with a paper towel at room temp for up to 10 days. 

Recipe Notes

For matcha version, add 1 tbs matcha powder to mixture during mixing step and then lightly dust with matcha powder after set. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Marion Armstrong
    December 14, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Holidays Mimosa Mom’s!
    Looking forward to more of your blogs in 2029!
    But for now, making marshmallows for the first time…

    • Reply
      Megan
      December 14, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      haha i’ll save you the trouble and bring you some! xoxo

  • Reply
    Reese
    December 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Made these last night, so fun with the kids!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    December 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try.

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