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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.

 
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Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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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)

Also:
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

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

Step 3:

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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:

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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:

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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

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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.
Nirgal3811 months ago
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!
grogg342 years ago
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!
valkgurl2 years ago
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

shake

remove

repeat
SLYcrafts2 years ago
SkeinyWoman,
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
skeinywoman (author)  SLYcrafts2 years ago
Thank you SO much! I'm glad you like them. What a great idea with the bean. I'll have to try that.
pswidecki2 years ago
My girlfriend and i tried making these, they were very easy, and have a fantastic flavor to them. We will be making these again and experimenting with new flavors.
steveturri2 years ago
I tried these out and it turned out great. A couple of things I learned from the process.

Timing the gelatin sitting vs the syrup mixture boiling was a little off. I combined the coffee and gelatin, set the timer for 10min, then poured all my premeasured ingredients for the boiling mixture together and put it on the stove on high. At first I was worried about this thick concoction I was going to boil in my wife's nice pans. I was sure it was going to stick to the pan and ruin them. It began to boil in about 2 min, and it said let boil hard for 1 min. The syrup become very thin which makes sense and expected. I kept putting it on and off the stove to keep it thin while my gelatin finished. Does the 10minute rule matter much or is there much leeway?

It sat in the stand mixer on 6 at first for a few minutes then I put it on 8 for the rest of the 12 minutes and it turned out great. The coffee flavor was not as strong as I would have hoped. I used 1 scoops of coffee and 2 cups of water, which normally you would get 6 cups according to the directions on the coffee. Any tips to make it more potent?

After it sat for a while, I put powdered sugar on the counter, flipped the contents onto it then spread sugar on the back and sides. This coated better than my top which was face down at this point, and stick to get off the counter. Next time I will put a thick solid coat on my cutting board, and flip it on to that. I used the pizza cutter method someone suggested and it worked great. For dredging I put 3 chunks in a bowl at a time and mixed them around. This part took about 30 minutes to coat about 60 marshmallows as I coated them and flicked each side to get excess off. A faster way to get through this part would be nice.

Overall very pleased and glad I tried it. The marshmallows have a subtle flavor but noticeable. I would prefer more kick. They are really soft and taste really fresh. Cost to make these was about $3.00. Not cheaper than store marshmallows but way better and nice to have something home made.
Aww, steveturri,
It is mega simple to make stronger coffee.... you just add more ground coffees beans when brewing & TaDa!!!
No one knows how big your "scoops" are as there are many sizes of "scoops".
I don't use any "scoops', I simply pour the coffee beans in my grinder but I use about 1/3 c. to make 4 cups of coffee.

Making a batch of 'Coffee Marshmallows' I knew I needed it REAL STRONG so I used 3/4th c. ground up coffee beans, only added 1 c. water and brewed.

I poured out the needed 3/4ths c. then added 4 c. water to coffee maker for drinking coffee.
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Quoting you here; "At first I was worried about this thick concoction I was going to boil in my wife's nice pans. I was sure it was going to stick to the pan and ruin them."

Bless your heart, lol, nothing like this will "ruin" "your wife's nice pans". This is actually what they are made for. I understand many think they are for dumping premixed boxed or canned goods into to heat up but they can and will do so much more then just that.

And, they are cleanable with just soap and water!!!
Sometimes I like letting my sticky messes pots & pans soak.

My friend was here reading this and stated "only a man would think cooking could ruin pans" which is not true. Most the men I know are not only great cooks they also get the dishes cleaner then any cleaning women I've ever had.

Hope this helps you steveturri, remember... just add more ground up coffee beans and just brew one cup first.

Bright Blessings,
Ms Sly

skeinywoman (author)  steveturri2 years ago
There is some leeway with the timing, but the gelatin does need to set before you add the other ingredients. As far as the strength of the coffee flavor, you can just increase the strength of the coffee you use. And for dredging the marshmallows, it will go faster the more you do it. It takes me no more than 15 minutes for this step.
thinkiam2 years ago
I tried home-made marshmallows once before and they just came out too dense. I wonder if my cheap little hand mixer just doesn't have enough oomph? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Also to help with the Knox quantity:
1 packet Knox gelatine (sic) = 7.2g = 0.254 oz = 1.44 teaspoons.
I hope that helps someone.
so for clarification, 1 packet is~1.5 tsp
so for the entire recipe u need 4.5tsp rite?

cause i think i only put 1.5 tsp in the entire recipe. So it tastes like marshmallows, but has a gooey sticky consistancy. Still good for coffee though.
Arendos2 years ago
How large is the gelatin envelope? Would it turn out right if I didn't add the coffee?
skeinywoman (author)  Arendos2 years ago
Use water instead of coffee. Then add whatever extract flavor and colors you want. Each envelope is 0.25 oz according to the package.
use water instead
video at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=fRLmAex3yz8
best hacker2 years ago
immmmmmm
yum
good recipe
anther one for plan marshmallows at
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peterochs2 years ago
DON'T FORGET YOU CAN ALSO USE A PASTRY BAG TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS

http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-7095736.html
how to use a pastry bag and make your own with waxed paper
waxed paper might be a little fragile for marshmallow dough though
but get a pastry bag with some tips and make all kinds of funky shaped marshmallows!
Arendos2 years ago
Wait... You're telling me you can just MAKE marshmallows?! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.
BOOYEAH!
Once you make your own marshmallows, you will never want to buy them again. I made my first batch in 2001 and have never looked back.
It's ridiculously hard to get real marshmallows in middle Europe, too - I'm going out right now to get the necessary ingredients, and then it's marshmallow making time.
Arendos - My feelings exactly! This is like, life changing!

skeinywoman: Bravo! And congratulations on being featured!
Dawna M2 years ago
To make them corn syrup free use Lyle's golden syrup, available at Cost Plus, Gelsons or any good British market.
Nirgal382 years ago
I just finished making a batch of these with espresso for the coffee. They have a very nice coffee flavor and should go very nicely with the hot cocoa my wife just made. We are already thinking of variations like replacing about 1/2 cup of the sugar with crushed peppermint candies.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and the cleanup, while sticky, went quickly.

Thanks for a top notch Instructable!
What do you mean by divided when you are talking about the coffee in the gather items section.
Any time a recipe's ingredients list says divided, it means that some of that ingredient will be used at one point in the recipe, and the rest at a later point in the recipe.
Thank you bgoldberg1 That helped a lot
MsJaxFla2 years ago
Oh this sounds so wonderful. Do you think I could cut the recipe, considering I only have one pack of Knox's Gelatin? I already have plans to use the other two I just bought for my Portuguese Cream Pie. And I was considering instead of using grated lemon peel, to use chocolate and then your marshmellows would put it over the top. ??????
skeinywoman (author)  MsJaxFla2 years ago
I've never tried cutting the recipe so I don't know. But your idea sounds delicious!
kazael2 years ago
Excellent instructable! Only thing I need to ask is, how much gelatin is there in one envelope? I've messed up enough recipes by trying to guess these things...:S
skeinywoman (author)  kazael2 years ago
Thank you! According to the package, each envelope has 0.25 oz. I tried to measure it with spoons and the closest I got was about 2 1/4 teaspoons, but it wasn't exact. I hope that helps.
Have you tried them with the addition of whipped egg whites? Very fluffy.
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Roll those things in burnt coconut, and then we're talking!
build522 years ago
yum! have to try it!!
Kozz2 years ago
Wow. Looks great! I'm looking at the tipped-out marshmallow, and Alton Brown's voice whispered in my ear, "Use a pizza cutter!" I bet that would make quick work of it, better than most any knife. And this instructable is yet another reason to bump up a stand mixer on my wish list (with A.B. flames, of course).
I heard it too! I A.B. is my culinary hero!
Vielen Dank für das Rezept. 
WhiteLiger2 years ago
I use this recipe for my marshmallows, but have never thought to use the pizza cutter. Now i have to go make a batch to try it.
This could be just what I need to get me to finally make homemade marshmallows. :D
I made Turkish Delight twice and I used a pizza cutter on the second time and it worked a treat as it was very sticky to start with and using a knife made it very difficult to cut so I definately recommend the same tip also.