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Homemade Marshmallows + Nutella-Strawberry Smores

Soft, fluffy homemade marshmallows and an easy fresh strawberry & nutella smore recipe! Perfect summer treat!

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Homemade marshmallows.

Until recently I had no idea that you can make your very own marshmallows at home and even after I found out that there are some crazy people just like me out there who would make marshmallows rather than buy, I had this thought that kept me bugging. I kept thinking that they are extremely hard to get right and I won’t lie that this thought crossed my mind even while I was halfway through the marshmallow making process. I told myself, if they turn out not so good, I will go back to them, may be in a month or so when I feel comfortable again handling the gooey mess.

But wrong I was. Not only was it a breeze to make my very own from scratch marshmallows at home but I already have plans of trying different flavored ones next. It requires patience and if you are good at reading the directions well and better at following them, you will end up with soft, fluffy, pillowy marshmallows. I wish I had a big marshmallow pillow. marshmallow-smore marshmallow-smore

I had initially planned on coating these with loads of chocolate and toasted coconut but that idea got dropped midway when I realised all I wanted to eat was smore. After gulping down few plain classic chocolate smores, I wanted to try something creative.. Something that goes together very well but not often used in a smore. Well, nutella-strawberry are the perfect partners in crime and how can they not taste amazing in smore!

Oh and can you believe that this was my first classy smore?! Well I always had the regular melted chocolate and charred marshmallow stuffed graham crackers but this combination is just beyond imagination.

Crazy, Good!

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So simple and hey if you are not that crazy like me, you can totally buy marshmallows from store but seriously you need to do this smore combination this weekend! Gooey, sweet and tangy is the best way I can describe what I felt in my  mouth.

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Homemade Marshmallows:

  • about 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water and let stand to soften.

In a deep heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F., about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about 6 minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer. I used a hand held mixer and it took me good 14 minutes to reach the desired consistency. So don’t panic if it takes a longer time, it will eventually reach there.

In a large bowl with cleaned beaters beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours, and up to 1 day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up 1 corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and let drop onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly 1-inch cubes. Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl and add marshmallows in batches, tossing to evenly coat. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Marshmallow recipe via Smitten Kitchen and Gourmet.

Nutella & Strawberry Smore:

Serves 1

  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1-2 marshmallows
  • few strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp nutella

You can easily char the marshmallows by inserting a knife in the center and on slowly moving them on a open flame gas. Once it reaches desired charred stage, turn off the gas and put it on one cracker. On other cracker, smear nutella and add thinly sliced strawberries. Add the cracker with charred marshmallow on top of it. Press them together and eat immediately!

40 comments… add one

  • ela@GrayApron June 20, 2014, 12:44 am

    Ok, it might have been your first smore but I have never heard of it much less made it. Nevertheless…they look mighty good especially with the marshmallows you made yourself…didn’t know either you can make them at home…

    ela h.

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 12:46 am

      Thanks Ela! Your comments are the best!

  • Crystal | Apples & Sparkle June 20, 2014, 2:08 am

    Oh my these sound so yummy! I’ve never made marshmallows but I want to someday, that combined with the idea of adding fresh strawberries to smores = Amazing!

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 10:56 am

      Thanks Crystal! This is my new favorite way to eat marshmallows!

  • Ema-ontheflavorroad June 20, 2014, 5:04 am

    Ami!!! I didn’t even know you could make marshmallows at home! That’s great!!! When I went to California few yars ago I tried smores and I fell in love with them :)!
    I was already gluten free so I had chocolate marshmallow and chocolate it was basically a chocolate sandwich filled with marshmallows…I think I had at least 20 of them -_-!!! ahahah!!!
    Great reacipe and the combo smore + nutella and strawberries sounds delicious :)!!!

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 10:57 am

      Wow Ema! that chocolate marshmallow must be heavenly! Yeah this combo was really very tasty!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri June 20, 2014, 6:06 am

    I’ve never made marshmallows at home but these smores are my kind of smores…more than the original actually!

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 10:58 am

      I feel the same about these smores Bri!

  • Allison June 20, 2014, 9:09 am

    Cool! I’ve never made marshmallows at home. And it’s smores season! Yippee!

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 10:58 am

      Perfect time to stuff yourself with these Allison! Hope you give these a try!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 20, 2014, 9:34 am

    You had me sold at nutella! :) I’ve tasted home-made marshmallows, but never made my own before. Sounds delicious, especially on a smore!

    • naivecookcooks June 20, 2014, 10:59 am

      Gayle this nutella-strawberry smore ended up being my current favorite combination!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 20, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Those marshmallows by themselves look fantastic, then I scroll down and see the s’mores. Those look amazing!!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:32 am

      Thanks Cindy!!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner June 20, 2014, 1:21 pm

    My husband has always wanted to make marshmallows! Mmm nutella smores…brilliant idea. :)

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:32 am

      Tina you should make these!! So easy that you will want to make these again and again!!

  • kristie@birchandwild June 20, 2014, 6:36 pm

    These look so delicious! I don’t know if I have the patience to make them, so I might just live vicariously through you! Well done!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:30 am

      Thanks Kristie!! I like your idea!!

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane June 21, 2014, 5:01 am

    My husband absolutely loves marshmallows, and I know he’d be sooo impressed if I made some homemade ones. Maybe for his birthday … haha!
    I’ve never tried a s’more, but every time I see them on a blog I fall a little more in love! And even though I’m far from a s’mores expert, I reckon that strawberries and nutella must be a pretty perfect combination of ingredients to stuff into them! :-)

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:28 am

      Ohh Helen you seriously should make these for your husband’s birthday!! Trust me they are really easy!

  • Mariana @The Candid Kitchen June 21, 2014, 12:08 pm

    I thought marshmallows were a scary thing to make!!!!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:24 am

      Haha I used to feel the same Mariana!! Do try these.. Super easy and so so good!!

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes June 21, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Excuse me while I drool! These look amazing though….I kind of went through a nutella thing of LOVE and these are screaming for it to come back! Pinning these!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:24 am

      Thanks for pinning Jessica!!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron June 21, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Those look like the most amazing smores, I mean Nutella and strawberry…common! Adding homemade marshmallows must have taken it right over the top!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:23 am

      It indeed did Denise! These are the best smores I have ever had!

  • Joanne June 22, 2014, 9:31 am

    So…not only did you make homemade marshmallows, but you S’MORES-ed them!? With berries and nutella? This is like…a quadruple threat!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:23 am

      Haha thanks Joanne!

  • Ashley June 22, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Homemade marshmallows are amazing! I never liked marshmallows until I made them myself – life changing! haha And this sounds like one awesome s’more. I need it in my life!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 12:22 am

      I know homemade marshmallows..the best!! Hope you try these smores with your homemade marshmallows!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy June 23, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I have never had a smore before. I definitely need to change that!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 10:56 pm

      You should make these!! Seriously!!

  • Isadora @ she likes food June 23, 2014, 6:31 pm

    I was just watching a cooking show where they were making homemade marshmallows and I thought it looked so cool! I’ve got to try these! I bet they are so much better than the store bought ones. Now I want to make some smores!

    • naivecookcooks June 23, 2014, 10:53 pm

      They are!! You know before I made them at home, I wasn’t too much into them but now it’s well another story hehe!!

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats June 24, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Homemade marshmallows are to die forrrrr! I remember the first time I made them I didn’t oil the pan and those things would not come out for anything. Had to eat them with spoons but they were still so much better than the jet-puffed stuff :)

    Your bruleed marshmallow picture is just the most perfect bruleed marshmallow I have ever laid eyes on haha.

    • naivecookcooks June 24, 2014, 1:44 pm

      Haha I can understand how you must have felt eating them with spoon!! Thanks girl!

  • Lynn June 24, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Haha! My husband said the same thing when I told him I wanted to try making homemade marshmallows! “YOU CAN DO THAT??” I have absolutely added it to my list of things to conquer this year, so I’m glad someone else went for it too!

    • naivecookcooks June 24, 2014, 10:45 pm

      Thanks Lynn!!

  • Jess @ Floptimism July 2, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Amazing, gorgeous, and genius! I haven’t tried homemade marshmallows yet (it’s on my bucket list) but if I do, I will definitely be doing something special like this with them.

    • naivecookcooks July 3, 2014, 10:54 am

      Thanks Jess!! You should. Trust me you will totally love them!

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