How NOT to Make Homemade Marshmallows

Monday, December 21, 2009

burnt-mallows

This is what happens when you try to multi-task by wrapping Christmas presents while you’re making homemade marshmallows to give as gifts.  The fire department wasn’t amused.  Neither was I.

More to come…….

41 responses to How NOT to Make Homemade Marshmallows

  1. On December 21, 2009 at 8:18pm, Lys said...

    OMG SUSAN! WHAT HAPPENED?!?!?!?!

  2. On December 21, 2009 at 8:20pm, LizAnderson said...

    Oh – so the visual is the Bad News.
    The Good News is your silicon spatula held it’s own in the battle for supreme dominance, and didn’t melt!

    And don’t worry about those silly ol’ Firemen. I have it on good authority that there are times when they like having a reason to leave the Fire House. That, and they REALLY like to chop down solid core front doors. Give a Boy an axe and…………..Better luck next time.

  3. On December 21, 2009 at 9:29pm, Rene Rodgers said...

    Oh no! Yikes. On the upside you didn’t burn down the house the Christmas present you were wrapping :). This makes me feel much better about trying to temper chocolate a few times and failing (and then getting it). Yay for mistakes! :)

  4. On December 21, 2009 at 9:56pm, The Local Cook said...

    Uh oh. I’ve seen so many food blogs with homemade marshmallows lately . . . this is the excuse I’m giving for why I haven’t tried them LOL

  5. On December 21, 2009 at 10:57pm, Jules said...

    Oh no!

  6. On December 21, 2009 at 11:30pm, Donna said...

    I can’t wait for “the rest of the story”! Were the firemen at least cute?

  7. On December 21, 2009 at 11:38pm, Rosa said...

    I can imagine that… I wonder what happened…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. On December 21, 2009 at 11:57pm, bellini valli said...

    Oh no..but I am sure the SCCC kitchen will be filled with successes from now on. Have a wonderful holiday season Susan filled with joy.

  9. On December 22, 2009 at 1:27am, Farmer Jen said...

    Oh my!

  10. On December 22, 2009 at 7:19am, shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    omg…I can’t wait to read what happened!

  11. On December 22, 2009 at 8:24am, amanda @ fake ginger said...

    Omg, I’m excited to hear the story!

  12. On December 22, 2009 at 8:28am, Kristin said...

    We used to live next door to a fire chief, so I have it on good authority that firemen LOVE food. Take them some cookies or a few pizzas, & they’ll hope they have to come to your house again.

  13. On December 22, 2009 at 8:50am, Mary said...

    Aiya!

    I had a similar incident with microwave-direction peanut brittle when my sister read the same line twice. We threw it into the treeline but nothing was desperate enough to eat it.

  14. On December 22, 2009 at 9:16am, Stacy said...

    Uh oh! I was thinking that pic didn’t look like marshmallows – then saw that it was titled How NOT….and not How to. :) Can’t wait to find out what happened! Hope all was ok!

  15. On December 22, 2009 at 9:49am, Krystle said...

    ohh no!!! cant wait to hear what happened

  16. On December 22, 2009 at 10:02am, Karen Anne said...

    The pink thing is a spatula?

  17. On December 22, 2009 at 10:43am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I’m so sorry that happened to you. I had a similar experience with caramel once. Working with sugar can be scary!

  18. On December 22, 2009 at 4:15pm, madalina said...

    … I am so intrigued.. I’m assuming your okay since you lived to blog about it!

  19. On December 22, 2009 at 4:33pm, Daily Spud said...

    Oh Susan – I am at least glad that you lived to tell the tale! I will await further details…

  20. On December 22, 2009 at 5:41pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    OHMYGOSH! Susan! Happy Holidays!!!

  21. On December 22, 2009 at 6:12pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    Oh no! This may be why we haven’t tried making marshmallows.

  22. On December 22, 2009 at 7:07pm, Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. said...

    Oh no, this looks aweful :). I also had the fire department come one time. It was an innocent deglazing of a pot with wine that turned the fire alarm on AND it was at a client’s house. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw they come…

  23. On December 23, 2009 at 3:55am, Simone (junglefrog) said...

    Ooo no, that looks like serious trouble!! Can’t wait to hear what happened!

  24. On December 23, 2009 at 11:28am, Kristen said...

    Thank goodness you are fine. I presume if that was not the case there would just be silence. These are the things memories are made of ;-) Have a Merry Christmas!

  25. On December 23, 2009 at 12:41pm, Nicole Spasiano said...

    Oh I can’t wait to hear about this.

    There once was a time when I set my pizza of fire and ruined my pans. Luckily the fire department did not have to come. But the apart filled with smoke and we had to order chinese.

    Happy holidays!

  26. On December 23, 2009 at 1:48pm, Joan Nova said...

    I hope they at least were impressed with your pink spatula…I am. Good idea to bring a tray of cookies (unburnt) from SGCC.

  27. On December 23, 2009 at 8:05pm, Claudia said...

    Well congratulations! That is truly the worst marshmallow disaster I have EVER seen – LOL!!! My marshmallow disaster of This past Sunday resulted in Peppermint Gummies! There WAS a layer of white stuff on top, but 3/4′s of the bottom was clear, peppermint, gelatin.

    We cut the stuff with cookie cutters, dusted the trees and stars with posdered sugar, and passed them off to the kids across the street as Christmas Peppermint Gummies! YAY!

    ;-)

    ps – without disasters – we’d have no stories

    And I LOVE your blog!

  28. On December 24, 2009 at 1:02pm, Cate O'Malley said...

    Ooops!

  29. On December 25, 2009 at 2:11am, Ann said...

    Will you add a grab button for us. I would love to add it to my blog.

    Thank you Ann

  30. On December 25, 2009 at 9:55am, thecoffeesnob said...

    Oh no! I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas all the same!

  31. On December 26, 2009 at 5:44pm, Katrina said...

    Oh my gosh, what a great photo! Can’t wait to hear the story!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  32. On December 27, 2009 at 12:58am, Anna said...

    Oh no! I can’t even imagine how you did that, but since I don’t see the pot, at least the damage was minimal.

  33. On December 27, 2009 at 9:49am, deeba said...

    Ooooooooooooo….words escape me! SORRY!!

  34. On December 28, 2009 at 6:31pm, Hannah said...

    Oh, the same thing almost happened to me when I tried to make corn syrup, it was not a pleasant experience.

  35. On December 28, 2009 at 6:54pm, Cibaria Oils said...

    WOAH! Luckily, no one was hurt. :)

  36. On December 29, 2009 at 12:09pm, Lori Lynn said...

    Oy. Oy. Oy.
    Wishing you a happy healthy & SAFE New Year!
    Lori Lynn

  37. On December 29, 2009 at 3:33pm, Teri @ Make A Whisk said...

    I think it happens to all of us. I have a bad habit of flaking-out when making caramel sauce. Waiting, waiting, waiting, *oh, look, let me just go do that thing* OH NO BLACK AND GOOEY MESS!

  38. On December 30, 2009 at 4:33am, Whitney said...

    Yikes! Glad you were okay–it happens to the best of us unfortunately!

  39. On December 31, 2009 at 8:03pm, kamran siddiqi said...

    Oh no! That’s horrible…

    Anyway, I hope you’re having a wonderful NYE! And may your marshmallows in 2010 be as perfect as possible! :)

  40. On January 02, 2010 at 3:14pm, ingrid said...

    Holy smokes….no pun intended.
    ~ingrid

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