I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Marshmallows are so much fun to make (and eat)…with the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to have homemade marshmallows around! You can use them in lots of different ways: bake them into the top of Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, melt them in homemade s’mores, float them in hot chocolate. Or just eat them plain ;)

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This recipe comes from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, a beautiful, relatively new book. The super nice people from Clarkson Potter sent me a review copy a few months ago. I have a couple of the Lee Bros. cookbooks and I really love them all!

To make homemade marshmallows, you will need a candy thermometer. I have
this one and it works great. If you are on the fence about whether you need one of these or not, I say go for it! If you ever want to make any kind of homemade candy (I give away small packages of homemade candy to friends and family during the holiday season), it’s such a useful thing to have.

I made these marshmallows with Knox brand gelatin that you buy from the grocery store. An alternative is to use grass-fed gelatin. I haven’t tried this yet, but I plan to soon.

This recipe calls for sorghum syrup, a traditional Southern sweetener. I used cane syrup instead: Lyles Golden Syrup is really lovely. Or, you can make these with light corn syrup: I’d seek out an organic brand like this one in order to avoid GMOs. (Note that corn syrup is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup. Using the former in a recipe now and then is not going to harm you, but I do recommend avoiding things like commercial sodas that contain the latter.)

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More homemade marshmallows:
Springy Fluffy Marshmallows from Smitten Kitchen
Homemade Marshmallows from David Lebovitz
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows from Merry Gourmet
Rustic Homemade Marshmallows with Honey from The Urban Poser
Butter’s Marshmallow Recipe from CakeSpy
Real Deal Marshmallows from An Organic Wife
Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Marshmallows from Food52

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) — November 18, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I made homemade marshmallows this weekend too (my first ones that have worked out!) – I’m addicted :)

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    James — November 18, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Hey this is great… Marshmallows are one of those things that I would love to eat but can’t justify with all the scary stuff that’s normally in them. Thanks for posting this, we’re going to try it out this weekend ;)

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    Nicole — November 19, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Homemade marshmallows are so much fun! I’ve only made them once because they aren’t really something I crave, but it was a fun process and that one batch turned into several different marshmallow creations. I even made some homemade graham crackers and we took the last of the marshmallows and graham crackers to the beach for bonfire s’mores. Mine ended up as a Wordless Wednesday post: http://pinchmysalt.com/wordless-wednesday-graham-crackers-and-marshmallows/ :-)

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — November 19, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Love these! I think I need to try homemade marshmallows this weekend!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 19, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    These look wonderful, I’d love to try them with maple syrup or honey!

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    Rachell — November 20, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    This is an awesome recipe, makes homemade marshmallows seem easy to do. Thank you, I’ll be doing this one with my children.