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diy wednesdays: marshmallow video!

by the curiosity shoppe

today is one of those days where i’m pinching myself to see if my life is real. i feel so, so lucky and honored to work with lauren and derek of the curiosity shoppe. why you ask? besides being incredible friendly and totally cool, they made what is, in my opinion, the cutest and most perfect diy marshmallow video in the entire world. need proof? just click play below and watch lauren and derek show you how to make your own marshmallows and create a gift-ready hot chocolate kit. with the music and lauren’s cute hair it feels like a san francisco version of amelie. complete with lovely food shots and an adorable couple at the end. i just love these guys. thanks to lauren and derek for the wonderful video (and all of their incredible posts so far)- i hope you all enjoy it- be sure to check out their text below the video, too!

holiday hot chocolate kit

well, here it is—our last diy wednesday post of 2007! to celebrate, we thought we’d do something a little different, so we made a movie, “how to make: home-made marshmallows”. we always get a kick out of making gifts for our friends and family, and we thought this peppermint marshmallow recipe from the latest issue of ReadyMade would be the perfect addition to our holiday hot chocolate kits.
we wish you all a wonderful holiday and a happy, happy new year!

derek & lauren

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  • What a cute video! These two are so wonderful and creative. I’m lucky enough to live with steps of their shop. I’ve been looking for a great marshmallow recipe. I think I’ll make these right before christmas – a perfect christmas eve drink (with a little peppermint schnapps). Mmmm.

  • I was just debating whether I should buy or make marshmallows to use in s’mores. The homemade version in this video look so good I have been pushed in the diy direction.

  • This is the cutest video! I followed a similar recipe (Alton Brown’s on FoodTV) with great results. They’re a lot easier to cut with a pizza wheel (sprayed w/nonstick spray)…. So simple, yet everyone’s amazed at homemade marshmallows!

  • I made marshmallows about two weeks ago, and people were amazed! This is so easy to do and they taste SOOO GOOD in the end.

  • Ooo, I love this idea. I usually do rosemary butter cookies, but that idea was feeling a little snoozy this year. Maybe marshmallows instead!

  • that was a very nice video!! good enough to eat!

    you won’t see me doing any of those for in-the-kitchen-with, though!!!


  • this is who i am in my made up imaginary life…a cute, creative, diy master and marshmallow-maker extraordinaire. cheers lauren and derek!

  • THANK YOU! I hate to admit that I failed miserably at both the marshmallows and caramels from that issue. For the marshmallows now I see that I just didn’t beat them long enough. ANy suggestions for the caramels? They got so hard that I couldn’t get them out of my pan!


  • Nice video. Great idea.

    I made marshmallows a few months ago and they’re so much better than store bought! My trick for cutting (I mad a much larger batch) was a chef’s knife dipped in confectioners sugar. It worked so much better than the oil the recipe recommended.

    I like the gravity defying sculpture mallow makes when it’s ready: http://tinyurl.com/2vfce3

  • I absolutely LOVE it! What I love the most is the “visual aid” it gives us non-experienced marshmallow makers. After seeing the step-by-step process, I almost believe I can do it myself and now I want to whip up my very own batch. Thanks!!

  • so cute! i made marshmallows, hot cocoa and gingerbread for all my friends last year and it was a real hit!
    i used a chef knife dipped in sugar to cut as well. Just keep all surfaces nice and sugary and things won’t get too sticky!

  • I love this video. I have watched it over and over…and I don’t even like marshmallows! So cute, and very well done.

  • oh my god! i also thought about homemade hot cocoa kits for presents, but making my own marshmallows seemed daunting! now that i see how easy it is, i’m so going to do it. thanks!

    oh, and i’ve seen pretty-shaped mallows, i think you can use cookie cutters to make them.

  • love the video … but what I really want to know is where is that adorable red bowl with the doves from?

  • You can dip these puppies in melted dark chocolate too, I think (never tried it)- WOW- or hey, maybe a person could make little sandwiches out of two graham crackers and a wedge of marshmallow, and dip that in chocolate??

  • the video was great and i love the bowl with the birdies on it! if anyone knows of a good way to make marshmallows without gelatin (vegan version), i would love to know! i have not had much success figuring it out.

  • the birdie bowl came from urban outfitters (listed under “graphic bowls” in the kitchen & bar section of their site). it looks like they have an adorable woodgrain plate with birds on it too! and my dress (for the person who asked) is actually a shirt i got from h&m a few years ago. thanks everyone for the nice comments!

  • Jess: for a vegan recipe you can replace the gelatin with Agar-Agar: http://tinyurl.com/3byhlo

    I’m not sure what the substitution ratio is (if any) so you might have to do some test batches. I did find one source that said 2 tsp of powdered Agar will gel 2 cups of liquid.


  • Last Easter I made strawberry marshmellows using essentially the same recipe, and they were yummy! So easy really, the Kitchen Aide does all the work for you. Everyone is very impressed by this.

  • Scissors! Brilliant! I’ve always tried to do it with a knife (or cookie cutters) and it’s a hassle.
    p.s. Chopped up peppermint candies are a nice addition as well….

  • this is so cute.. I’m totally making some and giving them away for xmas! Thanks derek and lauren!

  • ieieie super amazing, love that you did a video, it looks like 20’s silent films, hurray for kitchen fun. I hope all is well in san francisco, miss you both & see you soon!!!!
    the mellows look amazing, stay cool rad ones, take a moment to yourselves you deserve it!!!!

  • I just made these exactly according to the recipe, and they turned out great!! the only thing I would have done differently is swirled a little red/pink food coloring in there right at the end, so they would have a candy cane kind of look. I put them in pink swirly transparent bags instead. Yum!

  • I just made these and everyone was amazed at how good they were! Thanks so much for introducing me to ReadyMade as well…I’m hooked!

  • Oh my goodness, how dang adorable is this video! I read in Sunset this month, Nov 2008 about it. I thought how great to give gifts of smores … homemade marshmallows and chocolate and grahams. So I grabbed my 8 and 13 year old and we pulled up the video. We all watched together and bought all the ingredients needed today. Now we are thinking about dipping our grahams in chocolate as well. Wish us luck!
    We live in Sacramento and I look forward to visiting your shop in the city!
    Thank you!

  • I love the idea. I’m a California native, now living in Georgia. I still subscribe to Sunset Magazine and saw this idea/video…love it. There’s no place like HOME. Thx

  • The video is not working. Can someone offer any suggestions, as I would love to see this video (i am dying to make marshmallows). Thanks for all the help in advance

  • here are all the directions from the video

    How to Make Homemade Marshmallows:

    Step 1: Line a square (8×8 by the looks of it) pan with parchment paper
    Step 2: In a mixing bowl, mix 2 packs gelatin with 6 tbsp water
    Step 3: In a pan on the stove, mix 1 1/3 cups sugar, 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp light corn syrup and 1/4 cup water
    Step 4: Cook over high heat until it reaches 240 degrees F
    Step 5: Poor hot sugar into gelatin mix, then add 1/4 tsp salt
    Step 6: Mix 5-10 minutes until very thick
    Step 7: Add 1 tsp peppermint extract, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    Step 8: Pour into pan, and smooth out
    Step 9: Cover with parchment paper and let sit out overnight
    Step 10: Cut into squares with scissors
    Step 11: Coat with equal parts cornstarch and powdered sugar

  • I really enjoyed the video too. One question I had, does everyone (but me) know that when they say put parchment paper that you’re supposed to spray with non-stick too? I would just have put the parchment down and then been pissed when the marshmallows stuck. Is this just a norm that I wasn’t aware of? Thanks again.

  • I’m glad to see a Bonne Maman jar, because I have about 50 and keep everything in them and use them as cups.
    Bonne Maman is the way to go.

  • This was a fantastic video it really enticed me into actually making marshmellows at home. Oh How I love eatint them Thanks a lot I now will have some money in my pocket.

  • This was a fantastic video it really enticed me into actually making marshmellows at home. Oh How I love eating them Thanks a lot I now will have some money in my pocket.