(Organic!) Homemade Campfire Marshmallows

If you’ve been doing it for a while, it’s not too hard to eat organic.  But there are always exceptions.  For us, one of these has been marshmallows.  Okay I admit this isn’t one of life’s bigger problems… but it was a fun challenge to solve!

Homemade marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows

Last Easter I made homemade Peeps, those sugar coated marshmallow duckies and bunnies that are an Easter basket staple.  With summer here, it was time to try again, this time with campfire marshmallows for roasting and s’mores!

S'more fixings

S’more fixings

Homemade marshmallows can readily be made with non-organic ingredients, but if you want to go organic the biggest challenges are finding organic corn syrup, which I located at my local health food store, and gelatin, which I ordered from Canada.  Don’t you love the internet?  And I even made it with organic sugar, which sometimes performs differently in candy but this time worked like a charm!

Organic marshmallow ingredients

Organic marshmallow ingredients

The recipe looks harder than it is.  My version is half the original, and made plenty for 6 people to roast and still have leftovers (which the kids cut smaller for hot chocolate, despite the summer weather).  I read through comments on the Epicurious recipe which were helpful and the biggest tip I would have is to make sure you beat the sugar mixture until it holds shape–it will still be sticky but more manageable then.

Homemade marshmallows

A plate of homemade marshmallows

Homemade Campfire Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • about 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T plus 1 t unflavored gelatin (just under 2 envelopes)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white or reconstituted powdered egg white (for better food safety)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1.  Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with powdered sugar. If you have parchment, line the bottom and two sides to make removal super easy (I oiled and powder-sugared the parchment too).

Prepare marshmallow pan

Prepare marshmallow pan

2.  In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand to soften.

Soften gelatin

Soften gelatin

3.  Beat egg white (or reconstituted powdered white) until it holds stiff peaks.

Beat egg white

Beat egg white

4.  In a heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 c water, and salt over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F., about 12 minutes.

Boil sugar syrup

Boil sugar syrup

5.  Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture. Beat mixture on high speed until white and thick, about 6-10 minutes, depending on mixer power. Mixture should hold shape when you stop beating.

Beat sugar and gelatin mixture

Beat sugar and gelatin mixture

homemade marshmallow sugar

Ready when it holds shape

6.  Add whites and vanilla to sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and sprinkle a layer of powdered sugar over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours, and up to 1 day.

Homemade marshmallow spread in pan

Homemade marshmallow spread in pan

7.  Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board (or pull out with edges of parchment paper if you used that). With a large knife cut marshmallow into roughly 1-inch cubes. Coat cut edges of marshmallows with additional powdered sugar.  Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Cutting marshmallows

Cutting marshmallows

To make s’mores, roast a marshmallow until soft and golden, then “squish” it between two graham cracker squares with a couple sections of chocolate candy bar.  Interestingly we made these last Saturday which Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations tells me was National S’mores Day!

Roasting homemade marshmallows

Roasting homemade marshmallows

Homemade marshmallow s'more

Homemade marshmallow s’more

Ah yes, one of the true joys of summer!

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33 thoughts on “(Organic!) Homemade Campfire Marshmallows

    1. Inger

      Thanks Freeda. And the other interesting thing we did last week was get a new kitten. I’ll have to find a much quicker excuse to post her picture for you than I did last time!

  1. abby

    wow this delicious !! this looks absolutely yummy. It’s also awesome that you made your own marshmallows. That looks fairly simple to make. I want to try this!

    1. Inger

      It was fun. I am thinking of trying some fancier versions (chocolate or with sprinkles) to put in hot cocoa this winter! I’d love to hear back if you try it Abby!

  2. Kathy

    That last picture makes me drool! Absolutely lovely!! I always make marshmallows during the winter…never thought of s’more’s in the summer…such a treat!

  3. Louise

    I don’t know how I missed this post, Inger. I really need to play catch-up:)

    What an ambitious challenge you’ve accomplished. I don’t see me making marshmallows any time soon but the fact that you went as organic as possible makes me think I really should the next time the s’mores attack comes over me, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing this post…I’m off to see what other goodies you have brewing:)

    1. Inger

      As I mentioned I was so surprised to see how my timing worked out when I read your post. You know what they say about great minds 😉

  4. Savage Eden

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  5. grace

    reason #1947 i could never be a vegetarian–i LOVE marshmallows! (i guess they make gelatin that doesn’t use animal products, but still…) these are great!

    1. Inger

      One of my kids had a friend visiting who was vegan and she even had some of these. She figured that I knew the hens that laid the eggs and that they were well treated and with the getatin being organic there were at least some care requirements for those animals… So much to think about!

    1. Inger

      It wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be but I did think that this would be a good recipe for step by step pictures!

    1. Inger

      What a good idea! I can’t think of any reason it wouldn’t work. Or you could even mix in the rice krispies while the marshmallow mixture was still soft and skip forming it into the marshmallows. Have fun!

  6. Katie

    What is the point of the egg white? I have always made these sugar-free with agave and xylitol but mine won’t roast – they melt 🙁 will the egg white help it roast instead of liquifying? Thx!

    1. Inger

      Just a guess on my part, but since the egg white “cooks” I think it might give the marshmallow more structure. Mine ultimately get soft and melty when roasted, but they turn golden first (assuming good roasting technique). If you try it with agave and/or xylitol, I’d love to hear how it comes out.

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