Homemade Marshmallows

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This homemade marshmallow recipe has been one of my most requested on this website.

This is an easy recipe for homemade marshmallows, that's a perfect DIY holiday gift. Yes, you can make marshmallows from scratch in your own home!

I guess it’s because no one would think just to make their own homemade marshmallows, or to make them and give them out as part of a Christmas gift.
Pair these with some homemade hot cocoa mix and a nice mug, and you have a great gift that people will be talking about for years to come. 
Just a heads up: this recipe comes out best if you have a candy thermometer, but if you don’t, you’ll just have to follow the recipe to a tee and keep an eye out on your syrup to make sure it doesn’t get dark.

Homemade Marshmallows


3 packets of plain gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided into 2 half cups
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup corn starch


-Place the gelatin in a clean bowl of your stand mixer and cover with half a cup of cold water. Let sit.
-Find a small saucepan with a matching lid. Place the rest of the water, the granulated sugar, salt, and the corn syrup inside of the saucepan.
-Place over medium high heat cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
-After 4 minutes, uncover the mixture, place your candy thermometer on the side (if you have one) and continue to cook for 7 minutes. You are looking for the temperature to reach 240 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, stay near the mixture and take it off heat after 7 minutes.
-Once mixture reaches 240 degrees, immediately take off of the heat.
-Place your whisk attachment on your stand mixer and turn on low.
-While mixer is going, SLOWLY pour the sugar mix into the bowl.
-Once all of the sugar syrup is added, turn the mixer to high, and let it continue to mix for about 12 minutes.
-While the marshmallow is being formed, mix together the corn starch and powdered sugar.
-Spray a 9×13 metal pan with cooking spray and dust it with some of the powdered mixture. Make sure all sides are covered. Place the leftover powdered mixture to the side to use for later.
-After 12 minutes, the mixture will look glossy and light, like marshmallow! Pour in the vanilla and let mix for 1 more minute.
-Turn off mixer, and with an oiled rubber spatula, pour the marshmallow mix into the prepared pan. Dust the top of the marshmallow with some of the powdered mixture, and save the rest for later.
-The marshmallow mixture MUST set for at least 4 hours to overnight. You can leave it out, uncovered, and it will be fine.
-After at least 4 hours, turn out the marshmallow onto a cutting board, and with a pizza cutter (powdered with the powder mix) cut into cubes. Toss the cubes in the leftover powder mixture, to make sure they don’t stick together when you store them.


Place in a tupperware container and they can last up to 3 weeks. Or, place in a cute cellophane bag, tie with holiday ribbon and pass out your homemade marshmallows to some of your favorite people.

If you like this recipe, check these out: Marshmallow fluff  and Nutella Marshmallows

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  1. 12.16.09
    Lucky said:

    What kind of mixer do you have? I’ve heard they can burn out if you don’t have a heavy duty one.

    • 4.30.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Lucky, I have a KitchenAid stand mixer. You’d have to have some type of stand mixer to make these, as the handheld mixers may burn out. Or you’ll just get tired of holding it for 12 minutes!

      • 5.2.15
        Nichole said:

        Also, the marshmallow goo would climb the hand mixer and then start to climb your arm and you would have an unholy mess to clean up. Probably, I mean. Not that that actually happened to me.

  2. 12.16.09
    Buffie said:

    These look so yummy. I think I’m going to have to try making these.

  3. 12.16.09
    Joy said:

    YUM sounds great

    I just made the white chocolate/cranberry things that you linked the other day

  4. 12.16.09
    Teresa said:

    I love making marshmallows…if you would like, you can add different flavorings like peppermint–great in hot chocolate.

  5. 12.16.09
    Amiyrah said:


    Yes, I do lemon flavored marshmallows for Easter. Almond flavored ones are also good for hot cocoa or you can even place one at the bottom of a coffee mug and pour your coffee on top. Heavenly….

  6. 12.21.09
    Shelly said:

    I’ve never heard of homemade marshmellows before….sounds good!

  7. 12.25.09
    Anonymous said:

    We just made these and we made a batch using peppermint flavoring aand one with cinnamon flavoring. Amazing!!!
    Thank you,

  8. 4.6.11
    Petula said:

    I did not know – actually never thought about it – that we can make our own marshmallows. Wow! Cool.

  9. 4.6.11
    CoffeeLovinMom said:

    Totally saving this recipe – and I am not a recipe person at all..who knew you could make marshmellows? You know I will be putting one in the bottom of my coffee cup and giving that a try!

  10. 4.16.13
    Cynthia G said:

    I just made some kosher marshmallows with this recipe, but used the only gelatin I could find, strawberry and man are they GOOD! I found you through Pinterest, great posts!

    • 4.16.13
      Amiyrah said:

      That’s fantastic Cynthia! Where did you find your gelatin? The only kosher gelatin I could find were the gelatin sheets and not the powder.

  11. 5.2.15

    Still looking for recipes without corn syrup or cornstarch, but will try using Lyles golden syrup As substitute.

  12. 4.10.16
    Neha said:

    I live in India and really want to try this recipe. However, when you say gelatin packets, can you tell me how many grams of gelatin is that?