Living simply in the wild

Simple Homemade Marshmallows and Rich Hot Cocoa

You can make marshmallows!

Let me say that once more in case you didn’t get it…

You can make marshmallows!

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I hope you understand the magic of this.

And if you make your own marshmallows you can only do them justice by making Hot Chocolate from scratch. None of that packet junk. It just wouldn’t be right.

Both of these recipes are pretty simple. Theres a few special ingredients you may have to run out and get, but it is totally worth it.

I found the recipe over on Pinterest…and if you’re anything like me, you already mark 90% of the stuff on there as a Pin-Fail. Things just don’t work. But these two did quite fantastic!

The original recipe comes from LiveSimply, i made some tweaks here and there. She has AMAZING things on her site to go check out. She’s all about living naturally and whole foods, and you’ll find so much lovely goodness on her site. She’s uses far more top quality ingredients then i did, and she has links to where to buy from. We all know i’m pretty cheap, so i used what i had. We’re all simple in our own ways.


Home Made Marshmallows

-start these the morning of, or the day before you make your hot chocolate-
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup tap water
  • 3 TB. gelatin
  • 1 cup maple syrup (could sub any sticky syrup for this, LiveSimply used Brown Rice syrup)
  • 1/4 tsp. good-quality salt
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (you could sub corn starch)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Candy Thermometer (which i don’t own, so i used to meat thermometer)
  • Mixer (I used a hand-mixer, but a real mixer would have been way better)

1. In large bowl pour 1/2 cup cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the mixture to sit. Hands off! The gelatin will eventually soak up all of the water.

2. Meanwhile, on the stove, warm the other 1/2 cup water, syrup, and salt in a saucepan. Allow the mixture to cook for about 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring as needed.

3. After 4 minutes clip the candy thermometer to the side of the pan and cook until the mixture reaches 240°, approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. I didn’t have a candy thermometer so i just kept checking it every few minutes. Mine was around 240, but probably not exact.

4. Back to the gelatin bowl. Slowly mix the gelatin goop. Then slowly pour in the water, syrup, and salt mixture. Turn the mixer on high (I’m talking the really high!). Allow to mix on high for about 15 minutes (this process may take longer if using a hand-mixer). I had mine on for exactly 15min.

5. While the marshmallow goo mixes, grease (I used coconut oil) a 13×9 (for thin marshmallows) or 8×10 (for thicker marshmallows) pan. Mix together 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder  and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Dust the greased pan with half the mixture. I sifted mine over the pan.

6. After 15 minutes the marshmallow mixture should be doubled in size, thick, and white and marshmellowie in appearance. Add the vanilla and allow to mix for another minute.

7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Dust/sift half of the remaining powdered sugar mixture over the top of the marshmallows.

8. Allow the marshmallows to rest and form for 5-8 hours on the counter. Or overnight.


9. Once formed sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar mixture onto a clean surface or parchment paper, turn over the pan. Use a knife to help loosen the marshmallows. Once removed from the pan cut individual marshmallows with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Thats all folks! Magic right?

Store leftover marshmallows in an air tight container for 2-3 weeks, at room temperature.*see update at bottom


Hot Chocolate

-makes about 4 mug fulls-
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2-3 TBL raw honey (more for sweeter…and heck, you can use regular honey, its also delish!)
  • 3-4 TBL unsweetened cocoa powder (more for more chocolaty)
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon

1. On medium heat, warm the milk in a saucepan. Stirring often.

2. Once the milk is warm, add the cocoa powder and whisk. Add in the honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and continue to whisk.

3. Serve warm with marshmallows!


So there you have it folks. You want a good winter tradition? Make these often. After sledding, on the Solstice, on christmas, on New Years, on mondays. There is no bad time for Homemade hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows.

*update: after a week being in a airtight container in my fridge these started to mold. Perhaps they were too moist. I’m not sure how they would do in the fridge but that could be an option



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