If you want to really enhance the flavor of your cereal treats, swap out homemade marshmallows for store-bought marshmallows when making cereal treats.
These Homemade Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats take more time to prepare but if you are excited about making homemade marshmallows then you definitely should try this recipe.
If you have never tasted a homemade marshmallow, you are missing out!
Not only is the flavor superior to store-bought marshmallows, but the texture is too.
Each soft billowy square of vanilla-flavored candy is perfect on its own, but when used to make our Best Rice Krispie treats recipe, the marshmallows make them taste even better!
Homemade marshmallows are softer than their mass-produced counterparts so the texture of a rice crispy treat made with homemade marshmallows is a bit softer too. I'd say the treats are delicately chewy versus chewy!
I know this recipe will not be for everyone. Making homemade marshmallows takes more time than ripping open a plastic bag, but if you love to experiment in the kitchen and have always wanted to make homemade marshmallows, then this recipe will be perfect for you.
A batch of marshmallows makes more than enough for two batches of crispy treats, so you'll have plenty of marshmallows to snack on.
Be sure to watch this video to see how to make homemade marshmallow cereal treats.
- butter or non-stick baking spray - Grease the inside of a 9X13-inch or a 9-inch square pan well. I prefer the flavor of butter but the non-stick baking spray works well too.
- a blend of powdered sugar and corn starch - Some recipes tell you to dust your marshmallows with just corn starch. I'm not a fan of the flavor, so I blend my cornstarch with powdered sugar. Powdered sugar already has cornstarch in it, but it's best to add a bit more.
- water - You will dissolve the gelatin in water then use more water to make a sugar syrup.
- gelatin - Use unflavored gelatin. You'll need 2 ½ tablespoons for this homemade marshmallow recipe. If you use packets of unflavored gelatin, it's best to measure the gelatin as packages don't always contain the same amount from brand to brand. You'll need approximately 3 packets.
- granulated sugar - Adds sweetness and structure to the marshmallows.
- light corn syrup - This will not only add sweetness but will also keep the sugar from crystallizing. Crystalized sugar will make your marshmallows gritty. By adding corn syrup your marshmallows will be nice and smooth.
- vanilla - I suggest you use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste for the best flavor. I love using vanilla bean paste as it is loaded with real vanilla bean seeds. When you make your marshmallows with the paste they will be speckled with vanilla bean seeds.
- other optional flavorings - You can swap out any candy oil for the vanilla extract. There are so many possibilities. Imagine making orange, cotton candy, cherry, root beer, or butterscotch-flavored marshmallows. Start by adding ¼ teaspoon of the candy oil, then add more drops until your marshmallows taste like you want them to.
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