Let’s Make Marshmallows!

Over the years since we posted of this, many of you have asked for a video tutorial of how to make these. So, we’ve added one above. Hooray! We’ve also updated the images of this post but the text and overall content has remained the same. Enjoy.
The hot hot summer days are starting to subside a little in my neighborhood. Which means: more fire pit nights please!!! I adore my little back yard fire pit and that’s because I am s’more obsessed. I LOVE toasted marshmallows over dark chocolate (or a peanut butter cup, try it!) and crunchy graham crackers. Earlier this year I learned to make homemade marshmallows from this lovely blogger. Turns out, it’s not that hard. But you will be needing a candy thermometer. It’s a must. Don’t be afraid. We’re in this together.

Homemade Marshmallows, makes one 8×8 pan

Needed: 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup corn starch, 1 cup water, 3 packets of gelatin (each is 1/4 ounce), 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon extract (vanilla, mint, etc.).

In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and corn starch. Spray a 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray and lightly dust with some of the powdered sugar and corn starch mixture. Set the rest aside.

Set up your stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Pour 1/2 cup water and the 3 packages of gelatin into the bowl and allow that to sit for 10 minutes (don’t mix it). In the meantime, in a pot over high heat stir together 1/2 cup water, the sugar, the corn syrup and salt. Attach your candy thermometer and allow mixture to reach 240 F. Remove from heat. Start your mixture on low and pour the hot sugar water into the mixer as it is running. Be careful! I always use my splash guard for this step. Once you’ve poured in all the sugar water turn the mixer on high and beat until white and fluffy (7-10 minutes). During the last minute of mixing is when I add my extract of choice. For the mint marshmallows I usually add a drop or two of green food coloring too, but that’s totally optional. Pour marshmallow batter into your prepared dish, sprinkle with the powder sugar/corn starch mixture, cover and allow to set overnight.Go around the edge of the pan with a knife and plop the marshmallows out onto a cutting board.

Cut with a pizza cutter, or you can use cookie cutters to create shapes. Then dip the marshmallows in a little more powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking to each other if you plan to store some for later.I love how you can control the shape of homemade marshmallows; creating the perfect s’more size! If you don’t use all your marshmallows that day store them in an airtight container (otherwise they will dry out) for up to a week. Enjoy and don’t fear the candy thermometer. 🙂 xo. Emma

  • These are my favorite kind of recipe videos! Love that I can see what each step should look like. Can’t wait to try these and other marshmallow flavors (like butterbeer)! =P

    Can’t wait for your cookbook

    Thanks Emma!

  • omgg looks so YUM! i definitely have to make some next time!!

    Steph Yt.
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  • any suggestions for marshmallows without gelantine? (=vegetarian) how to substitute?

    thank you!

  • For some reason I always thought making marshmallows was some sort of complicated thing. But it totally doesn’t seem that way at all! Thank you for sharing this and demystifying the ‘mallow!


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  • I made marshmallows and then packaged with homemade cocoa mix for an office gift. See it here:


    It was a REVELATION how good artisan marshmallows are!

  • They look so cute!

    I wonder if these would work with vegetarian gelatine. I will definitely be trying that out! 🙂

    Ammy x

  • I love marshmallows! making them is a huge christmas tradition in my house:

  • So delicious and love the cute harts!


  • Yummy, these are so great! I’ve been toying with the idea of making homemade marshmallows for a while now–I think I’m going to try these out once hot chocolate season hits!

    The Glossy Life

  • I’ve tried to make marshmallows with a vegetarian substitute for gelatin but it never sets. Any tips?

  • I love marshmallows, ive never made them but im so giving them a try out.


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  • Hey Emma, I know your a pescatarian, so is the gelatine pork, beef, or vegetarian? Because I am a vegetarian I don’t think I would be able to make these delicious marshmallows.

    Please could you help me?

    Thank you

  • These look absolutely delicious! I bet they make great s’mores, too cute.


  • Hi Emma,
    Great post and pictures as usual 🙂
    Do you know if any vegetarian friendly gelatine alternatives work in this recipe?

    Thanks heaps,
    Becky, K.

  • These look delicious! The heart ones are specially cute. xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • You don’t have to use a candy thermometer. I make mine (http://heartcooksbrainblog.blogspot.de/2012/08/marshmallows-zweifarbig.html) always without a thermometer by using these instructions for achieving the “hard-ball stage” for the cooking syrup: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/sugar-stages.html. It works and it’s easy and you don’t have to buy a candy thermometer.

  • Ok becoming a bit obsessed with your blog! Haha! Love this!!



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  • sounds complicated, i don’t have idea if I can find that tool for this recipe, but
    looks so cute.

  • Yum!
    I’ve seen so many delicious recipes that call for a candy thermometer. I think I have been becoming a little less afraid of it.
    One day…

  • I’ll have to try this with my kiddos. Thanks ladies!

    ~Mag @ The Mocking Magpie


  • And last Friday was National S’mores Day! Perfect timing ladies! 🙂

    I celebrated myself with s’mores two ways, but next time I’ll have to up the ante with your homemade marshmallows. <3


    Love your site!

  • Delish! This looks so good!

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  • (Gasped) Didn’t know you can make homemade marshmallows…Gotta try this!!

  • I’m so glad you posted this, I’ve always wanted to try making my own marshmallows!
    Thing is, as a vegetarian, I can’t eat store marshmallows as I don’t eat Gelatin. I know you can substitute Agar Agar, but I’m intimidated to try it!
    As a special request from one vegetarian to another, could you see how the Agar differs? Can we get some vegan gooey goodness up in here?


  • Nom, nom, nom…
    Now they won’t fall off of my smores.

  • I have never tried to make marshmellows before! I can’t wait to try it! They look so Pretty!!

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to try these come this fall! SO perfect!! 🙂

    xo Eden

  • Want to try these. Is powdered sugar the same thing as icing sugar? Or something different?


  • I have never eaten marshmallows. Never. Not even once. I think I won’t like them so I suppose that’s ok.
    It’s not that I miss them or that my summer is empty without them. Or that I should stop this stupid confession. Like really, stop.


  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve been wanting to make my own marshmallows all summer. I will definitely give this a try!

  • They look so yummy, can’t wait to try them out some time (with the peanut butter cup)!


  • Oh my, I loooove marshmallows. Have to try this!


  • I’ve been dying to try out homemade marshmallows! Look and sound sooo yummy!
    xo Heather

  • Oh my gosh, I had no idea it was that easy! Love this recipe! By the way, I just did a post with my new Leah Goren cat-print dress! Take a look, I hope you like it!


  • i love making marshmallos! this gets me so excited for fall, and bonfires!

  • These are beautiful! I hate marshmallows, but these actually look somewhat tasty. 🙂

  • Julie- I’m not sure. I’ve actually never heard of icing sugar. It is the same of confectioners sugar, hope that helps.

  • They are just too cute to eat! Never thought of making home made marshmallows, looks like fun!!


  • The little turquoise heart ones are so cute! I almost wouldn’t wanna eat them!

    Turquoise Flamingo

  • I’d like to try this with vegi-gel (think it’s that). Looks so yummy, perfect for pit fires 🙂

    Thank you for the recipe.

  • This reminds me that I have yet to make a s’more this summer. 🙁 – I’ll have to get on that, soon.

    – tianna 🙂

  • ooh! I’ll be making these soon, fall will be a perfect time to cozy up together, huddled under a blanket and the crisp night air, roasting out homemade marshmallow and munching on delicious s’mores! Thanks for the recipe!

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