Did you know you can make sweetened condensed milk marshmallows? Neither did I. But after I made regular marshmallows for the first time, I got to thinking what I could do to make them even better. I started thinking about what I could use to replace the corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk came to mind. It’s about the same consistency as corn syrup, and tastes SO good! A quick Google search led me to absolutely no existing recipes, so I made it up as I went along. Luckily, they (mostly) turned out great!
This spin off of homemade marshmallows starts almost like the ones that I made my Peeps from. The only difference is that instead of corn syrup, I used an equal measure of sweetened condensed milk. Everything else, including the method, is the same.
The sugar mixture still gets heated, and temperature monitored with a candy thermometer.
This time, the mixture boils up a lot frothier than with a corn syrup based recipe, likely due to the protein content of the milk. Note the difference in the heights of the liquid in the above two pictures. If I had used a smaller pot (it was 1.9 quart/1.7 liter), I would have been in for a huge mess! So DO NOT use a pot smaller than this if you try this recipe!
I did run into trouble with slightly burning my sugar mixture, which is something I wondered about before I tried it. About 30 seconds after I hit the 240°F mark (I guess I should have turned it off a little sooner), I smelled burning. Sure enough, when I poured it, the bottom was black. However, I didn’t pour the burnt part into the mixer and the finished product did not look or taste burnt at all.
The marshmallow after being whipped is a more beige creamy color, due to the color of the sweetened condensed milk. It also didn’t end up being as stiff as the corn syrup based marshmallow, which I wonder if longer whipping time would have remedied.
The finished marshmallows had a wonderful slightly milky, slightly caramel flavor. Again, they were a creamier color than regular marshmallows. They were a bit flatter and more dense than regular marshmallows, but perhaps longer whipping time would change that. They were especially good coated in chocolate.
To coat with chocolate, melt your desired chocolate with a little coconut oil or shortening in a double boiler. Dip marshmallows to coat and decorate with sprinkles.
Overall, these were a nice change from regular marshmallows, as they had a bit of a richer flavor. I don’t think they would meet all of my marshmallow needs though, so I wouldn’t switch to this recipe exclusively.
I think these would be particularly delicious in a hot cup of hot chocolate. My favorite!
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup ice cold water divided
- 12 oz granulated sugar about 1.5 cups
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Canola oil spray
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 12 oz chocolate dark or milk
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil or shortening
Sprinkle gelatin powder over 1/2 cup of the cold water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Heat sweetened condensed milk, sugar and the remaining water over medium high heat in a medium, covered saucepan for 3-4 minutes. Remove lid and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Continue cooking until temperature reaches 240°F. The mixture will begin to boil vigorously before the temperature is reached.
Once the temperature reaches 240°F, immediately remove from heat. Turn stand mixer on low and pour hot sugar mixture slowly down the side of the bowl. Once it has all been added, turn mixer to high speed. Continue whipping until marshmallow is white, lukewarm and very thick.
While marshmallow is mixing, prepare a 9x13" baking sheet as follows: spray lightly with canola oil. Mix icing sugar and cornstarch together, then pour it into baking sheet. Turn pan around to coat it evenly with the cornstarch mixture. Pour excess into a dish and save it for later.
Pour whipped marshmallow into the baking pan, spreading it evenly with an oiled spatula. Sprinkle the top with leftover cornstarch mixture, saving excess for later. Let sit uncovered for at least 4 hours.
When marshmallow is set, cut it with a greased knife or cookie cutters in desired shapes. Toss cut marshmallows with remaining cornstarch mixture to coat.
To coat in chocolate: melt your desired chocolate in a double boiler with coconut oil or shortening. Dip marshmallows in chocolate, shake off excess and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.