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Easy Homemade Marshmallows: With Raw Honey and Herbal Tea

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As an herbalist, I absolutely love finding ways to blend the healing power of herbs with the joy of cooking. And what’s more fun than giving a sweet treat like marshmallows a healthy twist?

In this homemade marshmallows recipe, I’ve ditched the usual corn syrup and instead, I’m using raw honey combined with a lovely herbal infusion. The honey and herbal infusion is a game-changer here – together they add a gentle, earthy sweetness that is packed with health benefits.

Easy Homemade Marshmallows: With Herbal Infusion

Why We Love This Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

I’m really fond of this homemade marshmallows recipe, especially because it uses raw honey instead of corn syrup. It’s a healthier option compared to store-bought marshmallows, which often contain preservatives, light corn syrup, and modified cornstarch. Making these marshmallows at home is not only a delightful experience, but also a healthier choice. You get to enjoy a treat that’s free from artificial additives and full of natural goodness. It’s a simple, rewarding way to indulge in something sweet and wholesome.

Making them Herbal

In this homemade marshmallows recipe, you’ll use 1 cup of herbal tea, and the great part is that you can choose any herbal tea that you like (I used peppermint). 

While these homemade marshmallows aren’t intended as a traditional medicinal remedy, adding an herbal infusion does more than enhance flavor; it also incorporates the distinct advantages of the herbs. This approach can be a fun and ingenious way to introduce herbal remedies to someone who might be reluctant to try them in their usual forms.

Whether you’re aiming for a gentle boost from a beloved herb or just want to add a special twist to your marshmallows, this recipe is wonderfully versatile and caters to your personal herbal tastes.

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What You Need to Make this Recipe

To create these homemade herbal marshmallows, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup herb infused tea
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners sugar (or arrowroot powder) for dusting

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How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making homemade herbal marshmallows based on the recipe above:

Instructions

Bloom the Gelatin:
      • Pour 1/2 cup of cooled herbal tea into a stand mixer (I used peppermint). Sprinkle gelatin over the top and allow it to “bloom” for about 10 minutes.

Heat to the Correct Temperature:

      • While the gelatin is blooming, add honey, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup of herbal tea to a saucepan. Cook over high heat for 8–10 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees or soft ball stage on a candy thermometer.
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Whip the Mixture:

      • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, begin to mix the gelatin mixture on low. Slowly add the hot honey mixture to the bloomed gelatin while continuing to mix.
      • Once the two mixtures have been combined, gradually increase the speed to high and continue whipping until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and nearly tripled in volume. This usually takes about 10 minutes, but may take longer.
homemade marshmallows
homemade marshmallows

Prepare the Pan:

      • Line your 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
      • Lightly grease the parchment paper with oil or some cooking spray to prevent sticking, and sprinkle with powdered sugar or arrowroot powder. 
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Pro Tips for Making Homemade Marshmallows

  • Consistency is key: The mixture should be whisked until it forms stiff peaks. This can take up to 12 minutes, so patience is essential.
  • Flavor it up: Don’t be afraid to experiment with extracts like vanilla, almond, or peppermint.
  • Grease everything: The marshmallow mixture is incredibly sticky. Greasing your tools and hands will make handling it much easier.
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Cutting and Shaping Alternatives

Once your homemade marshmallows have set (which takes about 4-6 hours), you can cut them into any shape you like. Traditional squares are always a hit, but using cookie cutters can turn them into fun shapes, perfect for holidays or themed parties. Remember to keep your cutting tools well-greased to prevent sticking.

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Variations to Enhance Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are perfect for getting creative with flavors and textures. They’re a great match for warm drinks like our homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar, making them an ideal gift. For a festive touch, add peppermint extract or dip them in melted chocolate. Feeling adventurous? Mix in a tablespoon of cocoa powder for chocolate marshmallows. Here are some fun variations to explore:

  1. Herbal Touch: Infuse with lavender, chamomile, or mint for a herbal note.
  2. Fruity Fun: Add berry powders or citrus zest for a burst of fruitiness.
  3. Chocolate Lovers: Mix in cocoa powder or chocolate chips for a chocolaty treat.
  4. Spice It Up: Cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla bean for warm flavors.
  5. Coffee & Tea: Espresso powder or matcha for a caffeinated twist.
  6. Adults-Only: A splash of liqueur like Baileys or Amaretto for a boozy kick.
  7. Nutty Notes: Almond or hazelnut extract for a nutty taste.
  8. Holiday Special: Peppermint extract or pumpkin spice for seasonal delights.
  9. Colorful Marshmallows: Natural food coloring like beet juice or spirulina for vibrant hues.
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If you love this recipe, try these out!

If this herbal marshmallow recipe delighted you, explore more culinary creations that harness the healing power of herbs. You might find your next favorite!

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