S’mores are a summertime favorite. They are the definition of nostalgia – making them the perfect treat to help celebrate holidays and family gatherings making them extra special.
When we do s’mores I like to make my own marshmallows! I really enjoy making them for many reasons.
1. You can cut them as big as you want or into fun shapes.
2. You can add things! Some of my family favorite comboniations are peanut butter with crushed peanuts, chopped peanut butter cups or crushed peppermint candy canes.
3. It adds a personal touch to a memory.
Now to make them it does take some preplanning, I usually try to do them the weekend before we need them, if you make them ahead of time they will stay fresh for quiet awhile in a zip lock bag or container. I love this recipe, it has never failed me and it’s easy to double if you want to make a lot 🙂
Adding in candy: I have lived and learned you have to move quickly! Have your ingredients ready – its best to prep them before starting your marshmallow making.
If you’re adding in anything that melts (chocolate or peanut butter cups) you will want to chop them to your liking I usually leave them chunky chunks. Then you want to freeze them! This is a very important step because it will prevent them from melting as you add them to the hot marshmallow mixture later. They only need to be cold so I add throw them in the freezer while I’m making the marshmallows.
If you’re adding in peppermint candy, or any other hard candy it’s best to crush them up – I usually do this by putting them in a sealed ziplock bag and then hitting them with a rolling pin until the candy is crushed into very very small pieces.
Once you make your marshmallow mixture using any recipe, you should get a white fluff
If you’re making more than one type of marshmallow, you can divide this up into separate bowls, moving quickly so it doesn’t firm up and set.
Add in candy!!
Then finish the marshmallows by spreading them out into their pre-made pans (sprayed and then sprinkled with a mixture of powered sugar and cornstarch).
It usually takes about 24 hours for them to set.
Cut and enjoy!