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Homemade marshmallows

Ok, I just watched Alton Brown on Good Eats make homemade marshmallows.

Intriguing, no doubt. But it got me wondering. Is it really worth the effort to make one's own marshmallows?

How much better are homemade to store bought?

So to those who have made homemade marshmallows, can you share whether it was the effort?

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  1. Yes, they are worth the effort (and it's really not that much effort). They taste so much better than store bought. Try it. You really won't regret it.

    1. Here's Martha Stewart's recipe for comparison to AB's.

      http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/h...

      My parents, especially my mother, love marshmallow things. Mom will even eat those nasty orange circus peanuts! They swooned over fresh marshmallows. They have a very different texture -- very soft and oozy. Or maybe that was my poor rendition that time. My mother said, I don't care if they're too soft to pick up, give me a spoon. And she proceeded to eat several very large portions with a spoon! Other times, they've come out a bit sturdier. I've not made AB's nor Martha's recipe, but like Bogart says, it's not that hard, and it's one of those things that, if it caught your eye, you owe it to yourself to try it once.

      1. You bet that it's worth the effort !!! Last time I tasted store-bought, they had a terrible bitter flavor.

        1. I thought Eileen Talanian's Marshmallow cookbook was really good.

          http://www.amazon.com/Marshmallows-Ei...

          1. Oh yeah, definitely worth it if you like marshmallows, which I do!! Below is a useful thread including my report and photos. The Gourmet mag recipe is a good one, and the coconut marshmallows went into holiday goody bags last year.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/433298

            Greenspan's book Baking from My Home to Yours also has a number of marshmallow recipes (eg, coffee, pumpkin spice). Has anyone tried those recipes?