Homemade Marshmallows The Easy Way

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Homemade marshmallows can feel intimidating, similar to homemade candy. Fear not though, they are much easier and fun to whip up! Just a few ingredients and some mixing and you’ll soon be adding these beautiful, fluffy marshmallows to your hot cocoa tonight!

Homemade marshmallows add an extra special, delicious touch to the holidays and your hot cocoa bar. Whip them up today to enjoy this season.
Homemade Marshmallows The Easy Way

Homemade Marshmallows The Easy Way

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy to whip together recipe will have you enjoying fluffy, extra yummy homemade dreamy marshmallows tonight.


  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 3 packets gelatin (.25oz each packet)
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/8th tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (for sprinkling on parchment, over marshmallows, and dipping sides in.)


In your KitchenAid or blender, gently bloom the gelatin by sprinkling it over 1/2 cup of cold water. Allow it to absorb and set aside.

In a medium-sized pot, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Boil for two minutes or until the temperature reaches around 240°F.

Carefully pour the hot sugar syrup into the bloomed gelatin, taking precautions as it will be extremely hot. Set your mixer to medium-high speed and whip the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Initially, it will appear clear and unlike traditional marshmallows, but trust the process. Eventually, it will transform into a beautiful, fluffy white texture.

While the marshmallows are whipping, prepare a 9x12 pan by lining it with parchment paper, securing it in the corners with clothespins. Generously dust the parchment paper with powdered sugar, as these marshmallows tend to stick.

Just before turning off the mixer, add the vanilla extract and continue whipping to combine.

Pour the marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth the surface. Allow it to sit undisturbed for 4-6 hours to set.

Using a hot knife (dipped in hot water and cleaned between cuts), slice the marshmallows into your desired size. Dip each piece into powdered sugar to prevent sticking.

For storage, place the marshmallows in a parchment-lined container, separating layers with sugar-dusted parchment. Store at room temperature for up to two weeks, although they are unlikely to last that long! 😉

Enjoy these delightful homemade vanilla marshmallows in hot cocoa, on their own, or as a sweet treat in various recipes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

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