Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

I recently went on a Homemade Marshmallow spree. I was looking for something fun to make for my kids for Valentine’s Day and to take to Palmer Food Swap. I found it in this fantastic Homemade Marshmallow Recipe made without corn syrup. They’re soft and pillowy, perfect for chocolate covered bite or dropped in a cup of hot cocoa. Plus with no added corn syrup they’re a tiny bit more healthy, right?

a close up of Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade is Better!

I know you’re thinking WHY BOTHER. Why bother indeed! I do not like marshmallows and usually only buy them for summer s’mores. But these taste so fresh I actually enjoyed one, fine two. And they are not rubbery like a marshmallow that’s been in a bag for 6 months.

Fresh Homemade Marshmallows with string for making gifts

Can you toast a homemade marshmallow?

No clue! Once I try it I will update this post. I think I read somewhere that they are not ideal for toasting and fall off the stick. That would make sense because they are very soft, I can see them melting away.

Stacked homemade marshmallows

Without Corn Syrup

Why? Well, I have found I don’t KEEP corn syrup around. I don’t use it often enough and the last bottle I had turned to a rock in the pantry. Also, I think it’s gross. It’s just sweet for sweet’s sake and I can do without that. I came up with an easy enough recipe that uses no corn syrup and less gelatine so your chosen flavors come shining through.

a long shot of the fresh Homemade Marshmallows

Pick your Flavor and Your Color and Your Shape!

The fun part of this recipe, besides watching hot syrupr getting whipped to fluffy deliciousness is picking food colors, flavors and shapes for your homemade marshmallows. Yes, beyond vanilla flavored, white a barrel-shaped marshmallows you can create all kinds of combinations.

Try these fun combos for marshmallow madness fun:

  • Pink Color w/Pepppermint-fun in cocoa all winter long
  • Green with mint perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and make them shamrock shaped
  • Orange with pumpkin Spice for fall and make them little pumpkins
Fresh Homemade Marshmallows

About Your ‘Mallows

A few kind words to get you going on the right track:

  • You NEED a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; these take about 10 minutes of whipping
  • A Candy thermometer to clip on the side of the pan, these need to hit the soft-ball stage before you remove from the heat
  • Prepare your pan ahead of time, so it’s ready to go, dust it with powdered sugar
  • Once you remove the boiling syrup from the stove, let it cool for a bit. Once it’s cooled a little, really 2-3 minutes and you’ve added the salt and vanilla, then drizzle it down the side of the bowl letting it hit the bowl first and run down into the gelatine mix
  • These fit perfectly in an 8×8 pan BUT for thinner marshmallows put them in a 9×13
  • Once it hits 235 you can remove it from the heat but if you leave on PAST 240 it’s going to move to a different stage of candy making that will not work for this homemade marshmallow recipe
Wrapped Homemade Marshmallow ready to give to friends!

Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

A Homemade Marshmallow Recipe made without corn syrup. They’re soft and pillowy, perfect for chocolate covered bite or dropped in a cup of hot cocoa.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 64 marshmallows


  • 2 packets gelatine powder
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract OR scrape a vanilla bean in for EXTRA flavor
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • add two packets of gelatine powder to the bowl of your KitchenAid, give it a stir and leave it to set
  • pour 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, give it stir or two and then leave it set
  • meanwhile stir the remaining water and the sugar together in a heavy bottom sauce pan
  • bring it slowly to a boil
  • continue boiling until the mixture comes to the soft-ball stage, or between 235˚-240˚ on your candy thermometor
  • once it hits 235˚ you can remove it from the heat and let it cool a little
  • then add your vanilla extra or other flavors, and the salt, be aware that adding things to hot syrup can sauce it to bubble violently
  • cool 1-2 minutes more, you just don't want to pour boiling syrup straight in the mixer
  • when it's cooled a bit, no more than 3 minutes total, turn the mixer on low, and start dribbling in the hot syrup
  • make sure it hits the bowl first and then runs into the gelatine
  • once all the syrup is added slowly turn the mixer up to high or 1-2 notches below will be fine too
  • let it run until the mixture is soft, white and fluffy, about 10-15 minutes it should hold a bit of peak when you dab a spoon in it, the top will hold and then fall over
  • meanwhile add 1-2 TBSP powdered sugar to a clean 8x8 pan and shake it around until it well coated
  • at this point you can add some food color if you want and stir it in until it's mixed
  • scrape the marshmallow fluff into your prepared pan
  • after 4 hours, sift more powdered over the top of marshmallows
  • cut around the edge and use a spatula to encourage it to come out of the pan
  • cut in 8 slices, and then cut across those 8 slices to make 64 squares
  • dust them all with more powdered sugar
  • store in a covered container 3-4 days

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