I’m so excited to kick off this special Week of Christmas Treats with these Homemade Coffee Marshmallows. All week, I’ll be sharing ideas of delicious Christmas treats that you are perfect for gift giving -so be sure to come back everyday and see what sweet treat I’ve whipped up.
Especially as I get older, Christmas gift giving is so often about wanting to give the people in our lives that make it extra special a little something to show them how much we appreciate them. These are the perfect, thoughtful gifts for the girl guide leader, or piano teacher, or neighbour. They’re also perfect as a hostess gift this time of year. They’re also great for the someone on your list that already has everything they need, but you still want something special for, like an elderly relative. There’s something so special about giving home made treats, and these all have a little extra special wow factor!
To kick off the week, I’m sharing my recipe for Home Made Coffee Marshmallows. If you’ve never made home made marshmallows, this is the year to give them a try. They’re not that hard to make, and they’re so fluffy, and springy, and yummy you won’t regret it.
You will need a candy thermometer to make this recipe. They’re inexpensive, under $10 and a good investment. Candy treats can be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of them they sure are crowd favourites. I’ve made marshmallows probably 10 or 20 times and never ever had a fail, so these would be a great candy recipe to start on if you’re nervous about having to use the thermometer.
Regular marshmallows are delicious, but I thought it would be fun for Christmas to make a fun flavour. In the past I’ve experimented with Chocolate and Bailey’s flavour, and this time tried coffee.
These are perfect in your hot chocolate, or just on their own. They have a great coffee flavour, with just a little coco to make them a bit mocha.
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup cold strong coffee, divided
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 4 tbsp cocoa -divided
- Nonstick spray
- Put the gelatin and 1/2 cup of the coffee into the bowl of a stand mixer, with the whisk attachment. Set aside.
- Combine the other 1/2 cup of coffee, white sugar, corn syrup and salt in a small pan, and cook, covered over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove the lid and clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue cooking until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, take it off the heat.
- With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup mixture down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Then increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, about 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla, and 2 tbsp of cocoa during the last minute of whipping.
- While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows:
- Combine the confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, and 2 tbsp of cocoa in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup the icing sugar mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use. When ready, pour the marshmallows into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar mixture to lightly cover.
- Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
- Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the icing sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
The easiest way to cut these, is to use a pizza wheel. It’s also fun to use cookie cutters to make some shapes, like snowflakes and stars, more on that to come later in the week. 😉
Store the coffee marshmallows in an airtight container, or wrap them up in cello bags for gift giving.
With Home Made Coffee Marshmallows, life really is a party!