Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows

Who does not love marshmallows?  My kids are huge fans for sure. Homemade artisanal marshmallows are now seen in gourmet stores everywhere, and they can often be rather pricy.  Classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are often available, but more adventurous ones like malted milk, caramel, toasted coconut, lavender, Kahlua, Irish Cream, and Espresso are popping up as well. The options are truly endless.

chocolate marshmallow

A basic marshmallow recipe can be easily adapted to create almost any flavor your heart desires.  When homemade, there are numerous options for size and shape which makes this a fun and easy cooking project with kids.  My eleven-year-old helped me with these recently.  His love of sugar is so strong, that it’s rather remarkable he was able to patiently wait the full 8-hour setting time before enjoying them.

chocolate marshmallow

Considered a “sugary confection” marshmallows first appeared in the United States around the early 1900’s.  But why such a silly-sounding name?  The word “mallow” originated from the mallow plant, and “march” from the marchy/damp areas the plant typically grows in, thus the name “marshmallow“.  Originally made from the root of a plant, the modern version we all know and love consists of corn syrup, sugar, and gelatin, whipped together into a spongy consistency.  Marshmallows are not health food, sadly there are no hidden health benefits to share, they are simply, a fun delicious treat for all ages.

The recipe below is adapted from Ina Garten.  It is a classic, easy-to-follow recipe that is almost foolproof.  Ina’s original recipe is for vanilla marshmallows, but I have adapted it by adding cocoa powder at my son’s request.  Try these delicious chocolate marshmallows for s’more making, add to kid-friendly or adult-only hot chocolate, or get creative, by dipping them in melted chocolate and sprinkle them with pistachio nuts. Whatever you decide, I think you (and your kids) will enjoy.

chocolate marshmallow

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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