Imagine a chilly evening spent around a roaring fire. As you huddle closer to the warmth, you reach for a marshmallow - not just any marshmallow, but a cinnamon marshmallow. There's an inviting aroma that fills the air as the marshmallow toasts, a sweet scent with a hint of spicy warmth that is distinctly cinnamon. This is the charm of cinnamon marshmallows, a delightful twist on a traditional favorite.
The Charm of Cinnamon Marshmallows
Cinnamon Marshmallows are a fusion of sweet and spicy, taking the light, fluffy nature of a regular marshmallow and introducing the warming, comforting notes of cinnamon. The result is a confectionery masterpiece that's as versatile as it is delicious. Use them in hot cocoa for a delightful depth of flavor, roast them over an open fire for an elevated s'more experience, or simply enjoy them as a sweet, spiced treat.
The Joy of Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows
Creating cinnamon marshmallows at home can be a rewarding experience. Here's a basic recipe:
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Bloom the gelatin: In a large mixing bowl, combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water. Allow it to sit while you prepare the sugar syrup.
Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then increase the heat and cook until the syrup reaches 240°F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
Mix the marshmallow: Slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the gelatin while constantly beating on low speed. Once all the syrup is added, increase the mixer's speed to high and beat until the mixture is thick and lukewarm, about 10-15 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon, then continue beating for another minute.
Set the marshmallow: Pour the marshmallow mixture into a greased and powdered sugar-dusted 9x13-inch baking pan. Dust the top with more powdered sugar and let sit uncovered for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Cut and enjoy: Once set, cut the marshmallows into squares using a sharp, dusted knife. Roll the cut sides in powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking.
Homemade cinnamon marshmallows add a unique, spicy twist to an already beloved sweet. Their soft, pillowy texture and warm, aromatic flavor make them a treat worth savoring. Whether added to a cozy cup of cocoa, enjoyed around a campfire, or savored just as they are, these marshmallows are a delightful way to introduce a little spice into your sweet.Yum