Homemade Champagne Marshmallows

Homemade Champagne Marshmallows | Cookie Monster Cooking

I have a slight obsession with homemade marshmallows.  Except it’s not really slight … more like really big.

I think this is all because I feel like I need to make up for lost time.  All those years of picking the store-bought ones out of my hot chocolate and passing over any sweet treats that contained those dreaded white puffs (I’m not dramatic or anything, huh?).  But now.  Now, I will gladly pop a few homemade marshmallows in my hot chocolate.  In fact, it’s a must.

Homemade Champagne Marshmallows | Cookie Monster Cooking

So let’s take my slight obsession and combine it with New Year’s Eve.  And what do we get?

Champagne marshmallows, that’s what.  With plenty of silver sprinkles … because sprinkles make everything more fun.  Plus, I figure I can definitely get behind some boozy marshmallows.

And believe me, you can definitely taste the champagne.  With both a champagne base and reduced champagne to reinforce the flavor, you’ll feel like you are drinking some bubbly.  Well more like bubbly in marshmallow form, but you get my point.  So make sure you use something that you actually like to drink.

Homemade Champagne Marshmallows | Cookie Monster Cooking

So this New Year’s Eve bust out the champagne and streamers … and some of these fluffy white marshmallows.  You can’t go wrong.

Homemade Champagne Marshmallows
 
Yield: 90 1-inch square marshmallows
Ingredients
  • 1 cup champagne
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold champagne, divided
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • gold edible stars or silver sprinkles, optional
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, add the 1 cup of champagne. Set the pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Let simmer gently until it has reduced down to ¼ cup, about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it as the time may vary slightly and it can burn easily. Swirl the pan gently toward the end to help keep it from burning. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Add the gelatin and ½ cup of the ice cold champagne to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add the remaining ½ cup ice cold champagne, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place the pan over medium high heat and cover with the lid. Allow the mixture to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the lid and attach a candy thermometer to the pan. Cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. Immediately remove from the heat.
  4. Turn the stand mixer on low and while running, slowly (and carefully) pour in the hot mixture in a stream down the side of the bowl. Once all the liquid is added, increase the speed to high. Continue to whisk for about 12 to 15 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and lukewarm. During the last minute of whipping, add in the vanilla extract and the ¼ cup of reduced champagne (start with the mixer on low and then increase again to high once incorporated). If using, add a few tablespoons of sprinkles and beat for a few seconds until combined (I used about 2 ½ tablespoons here).
  5. Meanwhile, while the mixture is whipping, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Generously coat the bottom and sides of the pan with a dusting of the confectioners’ sugar mixture, reserving the rest for later.
  6. When the marshmallow mixture is ready, pour into the prepared dish and use a lightly greased spatula to spread evenly in the pan. If using, sprinkle the top with additional sprinkles. Let the marshmallows sit uncovered for about 1 hour.
  7. Next, sprinkle the top generously with the confectioners’ sugar mixture, using enough for it to be lightly covered. Let the marshmallows sit uncovered at room temperature for at least three additional hours (and up to overnight).
  8. Gently remove the marshmallow from the pan and place on a cutting board. Using a pizza wheel, sharp knife or cookie cutter (all dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture), cut into 1-inch squares (or desired shape). Once cut, lightly dust all the sides of each marshmallow with the confectioners’ sugar mixture (making more if needed) to prevent them from sticking. Store the marshmallows in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Notes
When measuring the champagne, make sure you let the bubbles subside to make sure you are getting the correct amount.

The champagne flavor in these marshmallows is definitely there - so use a type of champagne that you like to drink. The vanilla extract helps balance out the tartness, but feel free to leave that out if you like.

Source:
Marshmallow base from Alton Brown via the Food Network.

 

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Comments

  1. hi !!! sounds great
    how much grams is 3 packs of gelatin?
    thank you !!

  2. This sounds gooood!!

  3. I have been wanting to make marshmallows forever! These look fantastic. They sound so yummy and fun. I’ll have to finally try making these soon.

  4. Jo @ The Contented Baker says:

    These are so cool!! Perfect for a New Year celebration :-) Happy New Year!

  5. Oh my goodness what a way to celebrate! These are so beautiful, Ashley, and I love how you incorporated champagne! Woohoo for 2014! :D

  6. This is pretty much my dream dessert! Love!

  7. These champagne marshmallows are so cool, love this idea Ashley! These are perfect for a New Year’s Eve party – especially with the pretty sprinkles :) Hope you are enjoying the holidays so far and have a wonderful time celebrating – Happy New Year!:)

  8. What a great and festive idea. Never tried a champagne marshmallow, I am sure it’s delicious!

  9. Wow, these marshmallows look great, and yes, champagne…perfect for the new year…
    Happy New Year Ashley :D

  10. These marshmallows are so cool!! Totally trying these out!

  11. Oh yum!! I love marshmallows!! In fact, I just ate two of them! YUM… I would love to eat some homemade ones! I bet they taste so fresh and delicious!! Thanks for sharing! I hope that you had a great Christmas and that you have a lovely New Year!

  12. I’ve always loved marshmallows. And I’ll take any shape or flavor. These champagne ones sound perfect. Happy New Year, Ashley!

  13. well I’m going to go with everyone on this and say that I have never made homemade marshmallows as well. I think it;s one of those things where it never occurs to people that they can make them at home. This idea is very creative!

  14. What a fun recipe! I’m with you–homemade marshmallows are approximately 526331 times better than store-bought! I’ve never tried champagne but this might be the year I do so–no better way to ring in 2014!

  15. What a fantastic idea Ashley! Love these. I can definitely get behind boozy marshmallows too. :) Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend my friend! :)

  16. What a cool idea. I’ve never made marshmallows and definitely never thought to incorporate champagne…sure to be a crowd-pleaser on NYE. I tried making some champagne truffles the other night – a big flop so I’m glad someone’s having fun with champagne.

    • How funny, I tried making some champagne truffles too and they were a massive flop! I was so mad! Not gonna lie that this makes me feel better : )

  17. What a great idea for a New Years Eve party! So festive, and they sound fantastic! Hope you have a Happy New Years Eve!!!

  18. Sparkling marshmallows! I love both the sprinkles and the champagne in there. I made homemade marshmallows this year for the first time. I never realized that they were so easy to make or that there were so many different flavor possibilities! They are a wee bit addicting and so much fun to make and eat. :) Wishing you a joyous and peace-filled New Year!

  19. How creative are these!? Wow. I bet my friend (who is a self-proclaimed champagne lover) would adore these. I like champagne but don’t drink it a lot cause it tends to make me drunk faster, haha. But the flavor I like. This is too awesome.

  20. I’ve never had homemade marshmallows before, but I bet yours are amazing. A reduced champagne is a really great idea to bring out that champagne flavour. Is it super weird that I’d want to try these in a glass of champagne? Wine connoisseurs must never read this comment. ;)

  21. You are just so creative! I’ve actually never had a homemade marshmallow, only the gourmet ones from the store. I bet these taste fantastic. Now I’m craving one!!

  22. This is such a cool idea! I was trying to come up with something to make with champagne, but I never even thought about marshmallows. So creative! I haven’t made marshmallows in awhile, but now I want to make some. :)

  23. WOW, champagne marshmallows? It’s so interesting that the champagne takes place of most of the sugar — amazing. I just made my first ever batch of homemade marshmallows this week before Christmas and LOVED them, so I’m very impressed with these, Ashley! It wouldn’t be because I love champagne either. lol

  24. I’ve made homemade marshmellows once and absolutely loved them. Sooo much better than store bought! I love the sprinkles and theme of these marshmellows Ashley!

  25. What a unique recipe! I have never made homemade recipes before. Champagne marshmallows could not be more perfect for a New Year’s Party. Love the sprinkles! So celebratory!

  26. I’d never been a big fan of marshmallows, but recently, I’ve developed a (rather big) obsession with them. The storebought ones, I mean. Imagine if I tried homemade. They’d be so great that they’d be all that I’d ever eat…. Gosh, they sound awesome. And dangerous. But super, super awesome. I can’t wait to make my own!!
    I hope you had such a wonderful Christmas! x

  27. How super creative are these?! Love the idea Ashley! Boozy marshmallows are perfect for NYE. And I’m totally with you… I am so not a fan of the store-bought ones (except maybe for s’mores, of course).

    Pinned :)

  28. A PERFECT sweet to celebrate New Year!
    Happy New Year to you!

  29. I’ve never made homemade marshmallows since I never had a candy thermometer. But I got one for Christmas and this is my first stop! They look fantastic. And I can always get down with a little champagne. :)

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