Homemade Marshmallows

by Pamela

Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows are so easy to make and have a much richer flavor than those store bought marshmallows. Make up a batch today

Marshmallows are one of those things that you look at and just don’t see how you could possibly make them at home. You might not be able to make them into that barrel shape, like the bagged marshmallows, but you sure can make these little puffs of lightness at home. And you won’t believe how much better they taste when you make them yourself.

Making homemade marshmallows is actually fun. I love to watch the hot syrup turn into the bright white fluffy swirls as it cools and gets air whisked into the mixture. It’s also pretty fun for the kiddos to watch too. It takes a little time for the mixture to turn, so they learn a little patience while making these marshmallows.

Homemade Marshmallows

I use honey as one of the sweeteners in my recipe, so the marshmallows take on an even richer flavor than they would if they were just made from sugar and corn syrup. They taste especially good in a hot cup of cocoa. But truth be told, I eat most of them just plain.

Working with the marshmallow can get a bit sticky. The first time I made them I had marshmallow stuck everywhere, but this is where oil becomes your best friend. When you’re done whisking the mixture into that light and fluffy whip and are ready to turn it out into the pan, make sure that you oil both sides of your spatula. This will allow you to scrape the marshmallow completely out of the bowl and level it into the pan without the spatula sticking and flinging sticky marshmallow everywhere.

If you’re looking for a flavored marshmallow…beyond the basic vanilla. Here’s a homemade marshmallow recipe for peanut butter marshmallows. These are really good too. If you really want to get fancy…you can melt some chocolate and dip your marshmallows into the chocolate. These are perfect for a holiday gift.

Homemade Marshmallows
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Homemade Marshmallows are so easy to make and have a much richer flavor than those store bought marshmallows. Make up a batch today!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 packets Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch and set aside.
  2. Lightly oil a 9″x13″ pan with vegetable oil and lightly dust the pan with the sugar/cornstarch mixture, set aside. (spoon the mixture into a small mesh strainer and sprinkle into the pan lightly coating the bottom and sides)
  3. Pour the cold water into a large bowl (in your stand mixer or a bowl that you’ll be mixing the final product in).
  4. Sprinkle gelatin over top of the cold water.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, stir sugar, honey, corn syrup, the other ½ cup of water and salt together.
  6. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan and heat over high heat.
  7. Gently swirl the pan (not stir) until the temperature reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Slowly pour the hot syrup into the bowl with the gelatin.
  9. Mix (with your whisk attachment) on medium high for 8 minutes (you’ll see the mixture significantly increase in volume).
  10. Switch the mixer on to high and continue mixing for 3 minutes longer.
  11. Stop the mixer and add the vanilla to the marshmallow mixture.
  12. Turn the mixer back on high for 1 minute.
  13. Pour into prepared pan.
  14. Using a lightly oiled spatula, smooth the top of the marshmallow.
  15. Gently sprinkle the top with the sugar/cornstarch mixture.
  16. Let stand over night.
  17. Lightly coat a cutting board with the sugar/cornstarch mixture.
  18. Tip the pan, with the marshmallow in it, upside down and gently begin to peel it from the pan, starting from one of the corners.
  19. Once on the cutting board, lightly sprinkle more of the sugar/cornstarch mixture on the top.
  20. Lightly coat a pizza cutter, or knife, with vegetable oil and cut marshmallows into desired size.
  21. Drop the cut marshmallows into the sugar/cornstarch and lightly coat all sides (this keeps them from sticking to each other).


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