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Homemade Marshmallows

It’s easy to make Homemade Marshmallows. Let me show you how!

marshmallows in a mug of hot chocolate

Making homemade marshmallows is a project you’re going to want to try one of these days. It’s a recipe that’s especially fun to do with kids (since they think marshmallows just come in a package!) And then you can make some homemade, decadent hot chocolate so you can add your marshmallows to it and enjoy a double whammy treat!

ingredients displayed for making homemade marshmallows

🛒 Ingredients Needed:

  • cold water
  • powdered gelatin
  • granulated white sugar
  • corn syrup
  • tap water
  • salt
  • vanilla beans
  • powdered sugar
  • cornstarch

four photos showing how to make homemade marshmallows

✏️ How to make Homemade Marshmallows:

*The complete, printable recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cold water with the powdered gelatin; set aside.
  2. To a saucepan, add the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir and heat over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches 235℉ on a candy thermometer (should take 6 to 8 minutes).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the corn syrup mixture, gelatin mixture and the seeds from the 2 vanilla beans. Use a mixer to beat until thick- about 6 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle half of this mixture in an 8-inch square pan. Spread the marshmallow mixture in the pan with a buttered spatula, and then sprinkle the remaining cornstarch mixture on top. Let the marshmallows dry overnight.

overhead shot of homemade marshmallows on a cutting board

Then slice into squares (5×5 to make 25 marshmallows). 

➡️ Tips and Substitutions:

  • Add in ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract and a drop or two of red food coloring to create pink peppermint marshmallows.
  • Use other colors of food coloring for some different colored marshmallows.
  • Use small oiled cookie cutters to cut them into shapes such as hearts or stars.
  • Dip them in chocolate to create chocolate-covered marshmallows.
  • Use for hot chocolate, s’mores or munching on their own!

several square marshmallows

✔️ How to Store Marshmallows:

Store homemade marshmallows layered between sheets of wax or parchment paper in an airtight container. If kept in a dry place at a cool room temperature, they should keep for about a month. 

square marshmallows

❤️ What We Love About This Recipe:

  1. Giving homemade marshmallows as a gift is lovely along with some gourmet hot chocolate.
  2. Once you have had the chance to eat homemade marshmallows, it’s tough to go back to store-bought. These are sweet and velvety and perfect!
  3. It’s a good rainy or snowy day kind of recipe to make!

homemade marshmallows in a mug of hot chocolate

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marshmallows in a mug of hot chocolate

Homemade Marshmallows

RecipeBoy.com (shared from The Recipe a Day Kid's Cookbook by Food Network Magazine)
This is such a fun treat to add to hot chocolate!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 25 large marshmallows
Calories 86 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup cold water
  • Two ¼-ounce packets powdered gelatin
  • cups granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole vanilla beans, cut open and scraped
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the cold water with the powdered gelatin; set aside.
  • To a saucepan, add the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir and heat over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches 235℉ on a candy thermometer (should take 6 to 8 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, combine the corn syrup mixture, gelatin mixture and the seeds from the 2 vanilla beans. Use a mixer to beat until thick- about 6 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle half of this mixture in an 8-inch square pan. Spread the marshmallow mixture in the pan with a buttered spatula, and then sprinkle the remaining cornstarch mixture on top. Let the marshmallows dry overnight. Then slice into squares (5x5 to make 25 marshmallows). Enjoy munching and in hot cocoa too!

Nutrition

Serving: 1marshmallowCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.001gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.001gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 29mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 20gCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.03mg
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