It is finally beginning to look like winter around here in Connecticut, and we are loving it. White powdery snow is covering our trees, fresh garland is hung over our porch, and boots and gloves are covering our entry way floor. Old man winter has arrived!
As much as I am not a huge fan of these darker, colder days, there is something undeniably magical about the first few snowfalls of winter. There is nothing better than curling up inside, with our house all aglow, watching the snow fall. It is probably one of my favorite things about this season. Second of course though….to hot chocolate topped with homemade vanilla marshmallows.
We go through a lot of hot chocolate in our house, which means we also go through a lot of marshmallows. I’m pretty sure marshmallows are actually the only reason my kids ask for hot chocolate (and I don’t really blame them).
We have been using the store bought packaged marshmallows for years and never really thought much about it, until recently. I was playing around with a recipe this spring, trying to make Peeps for my kids and discovered just how easy making homemade vanilla marshmallows really is.
It’s essentially only three ingredients; water, sugar and gelatin. The process is a little time consuming (mainly because you need to allow time for the marshmallow to set), but the actual steps are fairly simple. You bring the ingredients to a boil, whip it all up really well in a stand mixture, pour it into a container of your choice, allow it to set, and then slice away.
But the reason I am such a huge fan is because they are insanely delicious! I guess I just never knew that marshmallows could be so good. These are so light, fluffy and not at all overly sweet. Plus they melt so beautifully. There really is no comparison to what you can buy in the store.
This is also a really fun thing to do with your kids. My crew loves to cut the marshmallows out into different shapes. Here I just made one inch cubes, but you can also use any cookie cutter you’d like to make fun different shapes.
These would make gorgeous little gifts as well. Rather than baking cookies to give to friends and family, maybe give these a try. They make a beautiful little package and are such a fun unexpected twist to a cookie exchange. (plus, added bonus, they require NO baking and NO frosting!).
Hope you are all staying warm this weekend, getting outside to enjoy the snow, and are curling up with a warm glass of hot chocoalate (and maybe these homemade marshmallows too!).