Okay. I know my DIY posts normally revolve around furniture, pillows, or other home decor, but why couldn’t DIY relate to any items you normally buy out, including food? I thought it fit well so today I made homemade marshmallows and I want to show you how to make them too.

Now let me tell you…these are YUMMY! I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying marshmallows from the store again because these were a little time consuming, but they are a great treat and perfect to make for Easter.

I found the recipe through Mangoes & Chutney, who got it from Smitten Kitchen, who got it from Epicurious. I know, a bit confusing, but I gotta give credit the best way I know how. And if it’s been passed around this much, it must be good. If you want to continue the recipe chain, I’ve posted it at the bottom of this post. But, enough already…let’s just get to the yummy photos!

Boiling Sugar to Make Homemade Marshmallows

Boil the sugar. I do not have a candy thermometer so I went by the time posted in the recipe.

Homemade DIY Marshmallows

Whip the boiled sugar mixture with the gelatin until it is fluffy and tripled in size.

Homemade Marshmallow

Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan. I have to admit I felt a bit like Willy Wonka.

One Big Marshmallow

Dust the top of the pan with powdered sugar and prove you have will power by not digging right in.

homemade marshmallow

Use a sharp knife to cut the marshmallow into cubes. Dust each side with powdered sugar.

Pile of homemade marshmallows

All your hard work will result in a yummy stack of homemade marshmallows!

S'more with Homemade Marshmallows

Of course we had to make s’mores…

S'more with homemade marshmallows

…which were super yummy, gooey, and messy!

Here’s the recipe:

About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla

Spray bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar. To cut sweetness, use a blend of confectioner’s sugar and cornstarch.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water, and let stand while you make the marshmallow mixture.

In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about six minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer.

In separate medium bowl beat egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla (or your choice of flavoring) into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top. Let marshmallow sit, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and ease onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes.

Sift remaining confectioners’ over the marshmallows on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

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35 comments on “diy marshmallows

  1. Shannon on said:

    Oooh… these look so good!

  2. Taylor on said:

    Homemade Marshmallows?!? Who knew?!? This is amazing! :)
    I hope you'll share this post with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link Party! http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-y…

    Happy Weekend!! :)

  3. SaraC on said:

    I make these way too often :) If you cut them with a pizza wheel, it's even easier!! Try adding 3/4 tsp peppermint extract with the vanilla around the holidays for peppermint marshmallows :)

  4. Woah! This is awesome. Is it crazy that I didn't know you could make marshmallows at home?! hahaha Going to have to try them now. :)

  5. I received a pack of marshmallow mix that seems way more complicated than this recipe. I'm excited to try it. What a fun idea.

    • Deanna on said:

      I'm always a fan of going as fresh as possible and since these are pretty easy, I'd definitely recommend trying it. If you want to make it even easier, you can search for a recipe without eggs and cut out a whole step.

  6. Nicky on said:

    I've been dying to make my own marshmallows!
    Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe.

  7. Charlene@APinchofJoy on said:

    Awesome tutorial and I'll bet the marshmallows are wonderful! Especially with such a distinguished lineage! I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

  8. I had no idea you could make your own marshmallows. I found you blog via Linky party and I think you have a great blog. I'm following you and I hope you can come to my blog and follow me too. @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    Also I have tagged you as a Wonderful Blogger
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  9. Shiloh on said:

    Yum! This looks so good! Marshmallows are one of my favorite things.:)

  10. I can't wait to try this recipe! I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  11. Amanda on said:

    These look super yummy! I will definitely have to make them sometime. Maybe my husband will actually like smores…

  12. Maysem on said:

    Ooo…those look yum!! I LOVE s'mores!! I've always wanted to try making my own marshmallows…one day I shall:P It's on my to do list..hehe:D

    • Deanna on said:

      You totally can. The recipe is not too difficult; just time consuming and messy. But, it's fun to get powdered sugar everywhere (or am I the only one that thinks that?). If you want something even easier, try searching for a marshmallow recipe that does not ask for eggs and save yourself one full step. Good luck!

  13. Betsy@RomanceOnADime on said:

    These look really good!! They do look time consuming, but sometimes it's just fun to have a time consuming cooking project. I love working in the kitchen. Plus, this is even something you could do with a friend (that way you would eat less marshmallows).

    Thanks for linking up to Romance on a Dime! I'm pinning this!

  14. Kim Campbell on said:

    These look so much better than my first attempt at marshmallows!

    I'd like to invite you to Sweet & Simple Sunday at Cups by Kim.

    • Deanna on said:

      Aww, thanks! And thanks for the invite. Sorry I have not gotten a chance to stop by yet, but I definitely will soon!

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  16. katherines corner on said:

    Well this is just fantastic. I will be making these with our grandchildren for certain. thank you for sharing xo

  17. Wonder if this could be done with Splenda for diabetic friends

  18. Cooking In Stilettos on said:

    These look AMAZING!!! Happy SITS Day :)
    My recent post Tried and True: Blackberry Vanilla Syrup

  19. Deanna on said:

    Thank you! They are super light and fluffy – the perfect sweet bite when you want just a bit of a sweet treat.

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