Marshmallows are super simple to make, require a minimum of ingredients, and can be prepared in 10 to 15 minutes (not including cooling time). Classic marshmallows are flavored with vanilla, but you can easily make a variety of flavored marshmallows using different extracts or oils and coatings.
You can find a wide selection of flavored extracts and oils in the baking or spice aisle at your supermarket. Orange, almond, peppermint or anise extracts are especially delicious. You can even add flavored powders or spices, like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder or pumpkin pie spice for seasonally-flavored bites of sweet fluff.
In addition to or instead of mixing flavors into the actual marshmallows, you can roll marshmallows in coconut flakes or finely chopped nuts, or drizzle caramel syrup on top to add a layer of tasty fun.
When making your own marshmallows, you can also choose your own shape and size. Mini marshmallows or extra-large marshmallows wrapped in a ribboned bag are a welcome gift, as are marshmallows shaped like animals, hearts or even letters and numbers. Pull out your collection of cookie cutters and start shaping.
Getting the whole family involved in choosing their favorite marshmallow flavors, shapes and coatings is almost as much fun as eating the fluffy confections.
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