Marshmallow cream is a thick, spreadable fluffy confection that closely resembles a whipped and sweetened cloud. Food for angels.
Marshmallow creme is most famous for being half of the duo that makes up the beloved fluffernutters. Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. You can also use it to make moon pies, broiler s’mores or to frost a cake since it’s almost identical to Italian meringue.
A gooey dollop dropped into hot cocoa is heavenly bliss. Of course if none of this suits your fancy you can always eat it off a spoon. . . it’s pretty hard not to.
The process of making marshmallow creme is not at all complicated, but requires a candy thermometer and a stand mixer. Corn syrup and sugar is heated to the softball stage and drizzled into egg whites that have been beaten into stiff peaks. They are whipped together on high speed resulting in billowy mounds of super sweet creme.
This recipe uses corn syrup, a product that has been around since the late 1800’s. Our ancestors recognized it as food. It is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup. I’m not afraid to use it. Or eat it. Occasionally.
Update: The Strawberry Creme is finally here! Eggless and Corn Syrup Free. I also have one for Gingerbread Creme!
Marshmallow Creme is a spreadable marshmallow confection that closely resembles a whipped and sweetened cloud!
- Beat egg whites together until light and frothy using an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment. With the mixer running, slowly pour in 2 tablespoons sugar; beat until soft peaks form.
- In a large saucepan, combine 1/3 cup water, corn syrup, and remaining 2/3 cup sugar. Place over medium heat and cook until boiling. Start cooking over medium heat stirring occasionally but never taking your eyes off it. Raise heat to medium high and continue cooking until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer, it will take about 10-15 minutes. (The hot syrup may bubble up the sides, turn heat down briefly or remove pan from heat, once the syrup goes back down raise heat and continue cooking.)
- Drape an old, clean kitchen towel over the front and side of the mixer, leaving one side open to pour in the syrup. With the mixer on low, slowly add hot syrup to egg-white mixture ( make sure kids and pets are not nearby, this could scar you for life, people(!) and scares the living daylights out of me!). Increase mixer speed to high and continue beating for 6-8 minutes. Add vanilla and continue to beat until mixture looks like marshmallow cream, 2-4 minutes more.
- Allow to cool, spoon and store in tightly sealed jars in the refrigerator up to a month.
Adapted from Martha Stewart