Homemade Marshmallows

March 15, 2012, In: Food

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 or a summer camping trip.

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!

These homemade marshmallows start off like any good confection – boiled water and sugar.

Making homemade marshmallowsOnce, boiled, you whip the sugar mixture with gelatin until it has tripled in volume.

How to make homemade mashmallowsAs I poured the fluffy mixture into my pan, I did feel a little like Willy Wonka. It looked so good, I wanted to eat it with a spoon. Now I want to look up how to make marshmallow fluff.

Homemade Marshmallows RecipeFinally, I dusted the top with powdered sugar. Now if I tried to eat it, someone would see the evidence.

Making marshmallows at homeAfter at least 3 hours, your marshmallows will be set and you can cut into them.

Cutting up homemade marshmallowsNow it’s time to enjoy!

Eating homemade marshmallows - it's a tough jobYou can eat them plain or experiment with making smores. These homemade marshmallow did not hold up as well as store bought ones, but they were much tastier.

They’ll last for up to a week in an airtight container if you can pace yourself and not eat them all at once. Good luck!

Here’s the recipe if you want to make your own. If you do, let me know how they turn out in the comments below.

Homemade Marshmallows
These homemade marshmallows are so delicious you might not go back to store-bought ever again.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
  1. About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  2. 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  3. 1 cup cold water, divided
  4. 2 cups granulated sugar
  5. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 large egg whites
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sift remaining confectioners’ over the marshmallows on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away.
  1. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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  1. Reply

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

    • Reply

      Thank you. And yes, they were pretty amazing and mighty yuumy.

    • Kim
    • April 28, 2012

    Wonder if this could be done with Splenda for diabetic friends

  2. Reply

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

    • Reply

      You are more than welcome. Thank you and have fun!

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  4. Reply

    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.

    • Reply

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

  5. Reply

    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!

    • Reply

      I love getting lost in the kitchen sometimes! Thanks for the pin!

    • Maysem
    • March 19, 2012

    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

    • Reply

      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!

  6. Reply

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

    • Reply

      He doesn't like s'mores now? How is that possible?

    • Lisa
    • March 19, 2012

    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 :)

    • Reply

      Thank for the invitation Lisa!

  7. Reply

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

    • Rose
    • March 19, 2012

    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
    Come see @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/03/i-have-bee

    • Reply

      Thanks Rose! You have a super cute blog. I am honored you included me on your Wonderful Blogger list!

  8. Reply

    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!

    • Reply

      Thank you for the kind words and for the invitation!

  9. Reply

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

    • Reply

      You are welcome! Good luck and I'd love to hear how they turn out.

    • Jodi
    • March 18, 2012

    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.

    • Reply

      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.

  10. Reply

    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. :)

    • Reply

      You totally should! They are pretty easy to make, but messy. I think I had powdered sugar everywhere!

    • SaraC
    • March 18, 2012

    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 :)

    • Reply

      good tips! I love the idea of adding different extracts for the different seasons.

  11. Reply

    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!! :)

    • Reply

      I know, right! They are super yummy and I highly recommend making them. Thanks for the invitation too!

  12. Reply

    Oooh… these look so good!

    • Reply

      Thanks Shannon! Yep…they are super yummy!

  13. Reply

    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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