homemade marshmallows.

there's something very, very wonderful about being able to make something as technical as marshmallows.  i mean they're made in factories...with machines...right?  

not in this house.  these homemade, ooey-gooey vanilla goodness' were made right in our kitchen!  who would have thought.  the process took way more than a few hours- actually a couple days- but trust me, these are totally worth it.    

i don't know if you've noticed, but handmade marshmallows are all the rage.  they're showing up at weddings, showers and parties.  they're chocolate dipped, swirled, rolled in coconut or sprinkles.  and i love them.  imagine a fireside setting complete with homemade marshmallows and a 'build your own s'more' bar.  the possibilities are endless.

i used barefoot contessa's marshmallow recipe (minus the toasted coconut) since it's extremely simple and has very few ingredients.  some recipes call for eggs, cornstarch, etc., whatever you decide, just be sure you use the best ingredients you can find.  
the recipe says to whip the mixture for about 15 minutes.  i whipped this batch for about 25 and then immediately poured it into the tray.  i let it sit for about a day and then flipped the sheet of marshmallows over on another cookie sheet so it could continue to dry.
once the marshmallows were dry and dusted with powdered sugar & cut, i put a few in some candy bags and labeled them with super sweet tags from the nimbus factory.  they were a huge hit at the office- and i can't wait to make another batch.  have fun making these- they're incredible.

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