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.
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.
Cheers to a healthier hot cocoa topping! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!
A healthier marshmallow, free of artificial colors/flavors/preservatives
- 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
add gelatin powder to 1/2 c of the warm water in a stand mixer bowl, quickly stir to dissolve
add other 1/2c water to 1 c maple syrup into saucepan and boil for 5 minutes, mixing entire time
mix water/gelatin mixture on medium speed in mixer while adding in maple syrup mixture
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
coat a baking dish with cooking spray and a light dusting of powdered sugar or line with parchment paper
pour marshmallow cream into dish and smooth into even layer
let set for minimum of 5 hours on counter (do not place in refrigerator or will melt!)
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.
For matcha version, add 1 tbs matcha powder to mixture during mixing step and then lightly dust with matcha powder after set.