A while back, I had mentioned being too lazy to "go into town" and buy marshmallows, so instead of taking the trek across the street (that's where "into town" is)...like i said...lazy, I made some. I know, who has the ingredients to make marshmallows on hand? ...let's just say a couponing obsession perk :)
Homemade marshmallows are really yummy, and the recipe I used way back was tasty, but pure out wrecked havoc on the human body and environment! The main ingredient in those marshmallows was corn syrup. Which is derived from GMO corn. I won't get too deep into the GMO subject right now (a more detailed post to follow), but aside from being ridden with pesticides and all kinds of chemicals, as well as political horror, it's just plain old bad for you.
So, when the very occasional hankering (because too much of anything, especially sweet anythings, still isn't "good" for you) for a marshmallow treat arises, like S'mores over a warm camp fire, there is an alternative. It makes a great gift too! I just whipped it less and jarred it as a marshmallow fluff...yum!
PS...If you LOVE the taste of honey, you can sub it out for the agave...I've done both and both are delicious!
AGAVE MARSHMALLOW RECIPE
1 cup agave syrup (I use organic. It is a low-glycemic sweetener you can use in place of corn syrup)
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin or (1 Tbsp if you have a box of gelatin)
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla (to your taste)
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 Tbsp cold water
1. In a medium sauce pan, combine cold water and gelatin, mix until dissolved. Add agave syrup, salt and vanilla. Mix well, then heat to almost a boil.
2. Pour into mixer, mix on high for 15 minutes. Should be very stiff. Have your pan ready with a light dusting of organic corn starch (organic corn starch solves the GMO problem) while this is mixing. If you want to make your own marshmallow fluff, just don't beat as long and pour into a jar instead of pan when done.
3. Pour into floured pan and level with a spoon. Let cool completely and cut with wet knife. If you really want a stiff marshmallow, put in fridge.