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My household loves marshmallows. I can’t stress that enough.
I’ve made several marshmallow posts on this blog – from making mallows soft again to dehydrating marshmallows, making marshmallows without gelatin for my vegan friends, then recreating that vegan marshmallow recipe without corn syrup.
You know how I try to avoid corn syrup in what I whip up in the kitchen. Some of the posts here contain corn syrup as an ingredient, but I usually revisit those posts by remaking a corn syrup-free version of the recipe.
I mentioned previously how I rarely make marshmallows at home. When I do, it’s usually when we have vegan friends coming over. Clue: S’mores!
Store bought marshmallows are really convenient and aren’t really expensive, right? Why would I want to make them at home when a grocery run makes everything easier?
The answer is obvious. Store-bought marshmallows are packed with corn syrup. If you haven’t read much on how they’re made, try looking it up and you’ll understand why I try to avoid store-bought as much as I can.
Kids love snow cones. It’s a refreshing break from all the sweetness we get from candies. Add to that the vibrant colors and it sure makes a great treat for kids and adults alike.
I admit I enjoy it as much as my kids do. It takes me back to my childhood when I ask for snow cones at the fair, choosing colors instead of flavors LOL. Fast forward a few decades and now you can get snow cones from food trucks and kiosks but my memory of it really started at the fair.
Since the emergence of DIYs, like you and me, it seems that there’s nothing we can’t NOT do in our own kitchen, especially things as simple as snow cones.
I make them every winter since we get a lot of snow. Usually the kids only want to make snow cones once per season. The novelty wears off pretty quickly. My suspicion is they enjoy making snow cones more than they enjoy eating them.
With just a few ingredients, it’s a great activity to do with the kids while saving extra bucks. They can choose their own flavors easily and even have rainbow-colored ones if they want to.
If there’s something my kids look forward to, it’s choosing flavors. And since we’re making snow cones at home, they can have all they want in a few easy steps. All we have to do is gather the ingredients that could already be in your pantry and you can have your sour spray ready in no time.
I promised the kids we’ll do something fun today. I didn’t tell them ahead of time what it was, I just told them they can only join in the fun if they promise to trade their gadget time for it.
They were hesitant at first, but when they found out we are making gumballs, they were more excited than I expected! So with just a few ingredients, we’re all set to get our hands dirty.
With most ingredients already available in our kitchen, the only thing I needed to purchase online was a pack of gum pellets. You can usually find these at your local grocery store.
There are some leftover flavoring and coloring in the pantry so we’re just going to use those. The kids get to choose what flavors and colors they want so it’s like a field day for them!
We made chewing gum before, but all we used was peppermint oil and honey for flavoring so it wasn’t as fun as these gumballs will be. But if you prefer making gum using only natural ingredients, feel free to visit that post. It’s quick and easy and I offered some tips for sugar-free gum as well.
So going back to our gumball making activity, it’s a sure way of keeping the kids busy with something they will enjoy after. This recipe doesn’t involve making the hard shell as you would find in the gumballs from avending machine.
The advantage of being a candy making mom is that when you discover something that’s hard to find in stores, you can easily whip up your own whenever you want to.
So when my daughter came home one day with a bag of chocolate-covered gummy bears she got as a party favor, I know in an instant it’s something I had to make.
A small bag isn’t enough for the kids and it’s a treat not easily found in stores. Add to that the fact that it got me hooked too, there’s just one way to have enough for everyone – make our own!
If you’ve tried my gummy bear recipes, you can do them again ahead of time so you can have as much as you want for a fraction of the price in stores.
The holidays are over, but my nostalgia isn’t. Not when there’s pecan brittle in my pantry.
If you’ve been here before and chanced upon my peanut brittle recipes, I have two. The first one is my mom’s recipe that I revamped into a no-mess version using the microwave. The only problem I have with it is that it uses corn syrup.
A few months later, I posted the stovetop version minus the corn syrup as many regulars of this blog would’ve already expected.
Peanut brittle was a staple at home on Christmas when I was a kid. Now that I have my own kids, we never miss out on making this treat year after year.
We have been making a huge batch to give away to family and friends on Christmas morning ever since I can remember. When my grandma got too old to cook, we started taking over the tradition. But since I was feeling a little extra last Christmas, I used pecans instead.
You get the same sweet and buttery treat, but with a whole new flavor. It’s an upgraded version of the peanut brittle, as I’d like to put it.
As expected, I didn’t use corn syrup in this recipe. If you’re a frequent user of corn syrup, you might want to read more about why it’s something you should avoid.
Over the holidays, I may have had too much butter. With all the treats from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, New Year and all the birthday celebrations in between. I can’t count the times I’ve had butter in delicious confections.
Yet the box of Rice Krispies is waving at me from the kitchen counter and I can’t help but think of making rice krispie treats!
My old recipe is one that uses marshmallow fluff instead of melting marshmallows because I wanted a foolproof recipe that anyone can easily make.
But I want to do something different now – melt my own mallows and make it without butter.
So in this post, I’m going to show you how to make rice krispie treats without butter. Let’s have a healthier take on the delicious treat using only three simple ingredients.
The kids and I love mallows so we almost always have a store-bought bag in the pantry. I don’t really make marshmallows at home often. But when I do, it’s for a good reason.
The last time I made marshmallows was during the last cookout we had with friends. We had vegan guests so I thought of making vegan marshmallows so they too can enjoy the s’mores. I posted that recipe a few months back and I made it without using gelatin but with a cup and a half of corn syrup.
Those who have been with me from the time I started this blog know that I try to avoid corn syrup if I can. So if I ever post something that has corn syrup on it, I often come back and recreate that recipe eliminating corn syrup from the ingredients.
So, if you’re like me and you prefer corn syrup-free treats, then this recipe is for you, it’s free of corn syrup and gelatin! This is a great treat to make for your vegan family and friends to indulge in and I’m sure you’ll enjoy making this as much as I did.