Honey Lavender Marshmallows
Hi friends!! I am bringing you an exciting new recipe today…or what I think is exciting. These honey lavender marshmallows were a creation in my kitchen on accident as I was testing a recipe for espresso marshmallows.
See to make marshmallows you start cooking sugar, corn syrup and water to 240 degrees (or there about) before whipping that up until stiff peaks form. I didn’t have corn syrup and it was 10pm at night, I was not about to go out to get it. But I was also not about to stop the process. So I researched substitutes and it turns out you can use honey. Several websites suggested using honey but I was not feeling it with the chocolate + espresso I had in mind. And a light bulb went off…just make honey lavender marshmallows as we all know honey + lavender is a proven flavor combo (hello honey lavender macarons!!). And the rest was history!!
After two tries, I got the ratio of sugar to honey down and I was happy with the recipe. Like all homemade marshmallow recipes, they are perfectly imperfect in the way they look but taste amazing! The sweet dark flavor of honey and hints of fresh lavender sips through each bite. I enjoyed this mostly just by itself but once in a while I would drop it in white hot chocolate and it was incredible.
I did top half of the marshmallows (pictured) with sprinkles and the other half with purple coloring swirls purely for presentation. I love those sprinkles and thought it was appropriate for Spring flavors in this recipe.
If you are looking for a unique marshmallow recipe to try, these are the ones. They will be great as homemade gifts and hostess presents!
- 1½ cups water, divided
- 4 packets unflavored gelatin (each envelope is ¼ oz.)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup wildflower honey
- 2 sprigs of lavender
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Few drops of violet food coloring (optional)
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment and grease parchment.
- In a large bowl, add ¾ cup water. Sprinkle the gelatin on water and let sit for a few minutes to soften.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the rest of the water, sugar, honey and lavender sprigs. Bring to boil over high heat. Once boiling, use a candy thermometer and cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. Remove it from heat and remove the lavender sprigs.
- Using a mixer on low speed and using the whisk attachment, mix the gelatin mixture. With the mixer on, pour the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture. Pour down the side of the bowl to avoid splashes. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer to high and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form, about 10-12 minutes. Add in vanilla extract. Mix for additional minute. The mixture should be cool.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan using a silicone spatula. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Add a few drops of violet food coloring and using a butter knife, swirl the coloring on top. Let cool and firm up at room temperature, uncovered, for at least three hours or better yet overnight.
- When ready to cut up, sift the confectioner’s sugar onto a working space. Turn over the marshmallow onto the sugar. Using a greased sharp knife, cut the marshmallows into squares. Roll in powdered sugar and serve with hot cocoa.
- Store left overs in an airtight container for up to a week.