Homemade Coffee Marshmallows





Introduction: Homemade Coffee Marshmallows

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Every holiday season I make batches of different colored and flavored marshmallows. This one is definitely a favorite. They will melt in your mouth. They are delicious alone, in hot chocolate, chopped up and added to fudge or brownies, dipped in chocolate...
Try different flavors of coffee to change it up a bit.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
3/4 cup of strong cold coffee, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for dredging)
Cooking spray or oil (for pan and spatula)

Measuring cups
Electric mixer with whisk attachment
Small saucepan
Rubber spatula
9 x 13 glass pan
Scissors, large knife, or cookie cutters

Step 2: Set the Gelatin

Pour 1/2 cup of the coffee in the electric mixer bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup of coffee in the saucepan.

Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. 

Step 4:

Add the boiling liquid carefully to the gelatin mixture.
Mix at high speed and add the salt.
Beat for 12 minutes. Add the vanilla and incorporate into the mixture.

Step 5:

You should have a very gooey delicious marshmallow cream at this point.

Lightly oil your pan and spatula and scrape the mixture into the pan. 

Spread evenly. Reapply oil lightly as needed.

Cover loosely and let sit at least 4 hours.

Step 6: The Fun Part

Spread powdered sugar onto your work surface.
Gently tip the giant marshmallow out of the pan and dust with more powdered sugar.
Use a knife or scissors to first cut strips and then cubes. You could also try shaped cookie cutters.
Dredge the marshmallows in powdered sugar.



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    can you replace corn syrup with something else?

    thank you!

    This looks like just the thing to help pull me out of a week-off-of-work-funk (pneumonia - in mid-May!). My husband, a diabetic, doesn't even eat marshmallows so I don't have to use an excuse of potential germs to hold him back. I am suspecting that flavored coffees would create an assortment of coffee-flavored mallos. Full report to follow, thanks to your excellent 'ible and clear photos. My favorite is Red Goat Coffee - anyone for Goat Marshmallows?! Thanks!


    Did you use a stand mixer? If so, which speed did you set, and how long did you run? I tried mine at top speed but the motor was a little unhappy with me.... it usually doesn't have to work so hard! ;) The fluff looked done after only about 5 or 6 minutes, but I ran it the full 12m anyway... wonder if it was unnecessary. These turned out really great, and I had a lot of success cutting them with my bench knife. I found that using espresso was maybe a little TOO much kick.

    This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite recipes of all time. Whenever there's a party coming up and I'm asked to bring something, I whip up a batch of these. They are always a hit.

    BTW, for stronger coffee flavor, brew up some espresso.

    Thanks for posting this. I'll never buy marshmallows again!

    Pizza cutter (rolling wheel) was a great idea. Used it yesterday on the peach marshmallows I made (using jello) for my kids. I am printing this off to use for a girlie get-to-gether I am going to next month. They sound awesome!

    I have tried marshmallow making a couple of times in the past. the taste is there, even the texture, but something happens when i slice them. I'm hoping that by trying you here, I might actually get something better than what I have in the past. Thanks for sharing!

    To coat most anything with powdered sugar, cocoa or even bread crumbs---

    Place coating material in a paper bag

    Add the items to be coated




    You ROCK!!! Thank you.
    I haven't made marshmallow in years, then I usually crafted Lavender with 100% pure Essential Lavender Oil and Lavender buds, Cinnamon, Lemon, Orange, peppermint ect... always using both the herb and Essential oils.

    But not with coffee, which is strange since I am a coffee freak. I craft coffee bean candy by putting a coffee bean in anything sweet or pouring melted chocolate ect... over the beans and eat.

    I have crafted little balls from some of my marshmallow batch with a coffee bean inside, YUMMY!!! Your simple but true receipt is most excellent!!!

    THANK YOU again!!! I'm not even going to try digging my old ones out. Yours does not need any altering at all!!! Just PERFECT as it is if done correctly.

    And my nice pots came clean easily with soap and water, lol. 

    Bright Blessings,
    Ms. Sly

    Thank you SO much! I'm glad you like them. What a great idea with the bean. I'll have to try that.