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You HAVE to try this

December 17, 2007

I know that it’s super easy to buy Marshmallows at the store, but, one time.. you do have to try to make them on your own.

Our first time making marshmallows was inspired by the Middle guy who’d asked me where they came from and how they were made… (He loves the Food Network and ‘unwrapped’ which tells such stories… can you tell?)… so we made a batch, and YUM… so much nicer than the store bought kind.. and… the cool thing is you can create your own flavored marshmallows… though we haven’t yet done that.

Here’s how you do it



3 envelopes Knox Gelatin (unflavored)
3/4 Cup Cold water (divided)
2 Cups sugar
2/3 Cup Karo Syrup (or generic Corn Syrup as I used)
1 Tbsp pure Vanilla Extract ( I haven’t tried with imitation, but I’m sure it would be fine)**
Powdered sugar
Cooking spray or trace butter


Candy thermometer (if you have one)
Silicone Spatula
9×11″ baking pan

Mix the 3 envelopes of gelatin with 1/2 Cup cold water in mixer bowl and allow to ‘bloom’ for 10 mins.

While the gelatin is blooming mix sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup cold water in heavy sauce pan and bring to a boil.


If you have a candy thermometer, boil until sugar mixture is 250 degrees F. If not, boil until solution meets the hard ball stage (drops of the solution will form a hard ball when dropped into cold water) My boiling time was approximately 3-4 mins to get to the hard ball stage.

Slowly pour the VERY HOT** (don’t forget how hot this is!) sugar solution into the mixer bowl with the mixer on low.


When all of the sugar solution has been added, slowly increase the mixer speed until it is on high. Mix the sugar solution with the gelatin on high until the amount of marshmallow has stopped increasing.



The solution will be VERY sticky and still quite warm. Scrape down the sides periodically to ensure that all the sugar is thoroughly mixed into the marshmallow solution.

While the mixer is going. Prepare your 9×11″ pan by buttering (or use cooking spray) the bottom and sides, and then dusting with powdered sugar.



When your marshmallow has stopped increasing in size, lower your mixer speed to medium – low and add 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla ** or, whatever flavoring you desire.. such as cinnamon, coconut, almond… there are a wealth of flavoring extracts out there begging to be tried in a marshmallow!

When the vanilla is mixed in, give it another 30 seconds or so on high and then pour your solution and spread in the prepared 9×11″ pan.



Allow to sit overnight (or several hours at least) in the pan, uncovered (or if it freaks you out to not cover it, leave uncovered for an hour or so and then lightly cover with saran wrap, being careful not to let the saran touch the marshmallow as it is INCREDIBLY sticky.)



Sprinkle the top of the marshmallow with powdered sugar.

To remove from pan, start on one of the short sides and gently pull (with powdered sugared fingers) on the corners releasing the marshmallow from the pan until the entire marshmallow rectangle is removed.

Place the marshmallow on a lightly powdered sugared surface. Cut into squares in one of two ways, using powdered sugar dipped kitchen scissors, or my favorite… with a Pampered Chef pizza cutter dipped periodically in powdered sugar. As you cut your strips and then squares, dredge the marshmallow in powdered sugar so that the marshmallows will be easy to handle.



Store in a zip lock bag, or air tight container for 2 weeks if they even last that long! Homemade marshmallows are great alone, or better yet… in hot cocoa.. they melt quickly and are so yummy and gooey you can’t have just one!



Ok.. now I need another cup of cocoa…





6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2008 11:18 am

    I’ve always wanted to try homemade marshmallows. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. December 31, 2007 7:50 pm

    MMMmmmm thank you!!! I made them today. LOL took the laptop, but it on a counter AWAY from the island, counter and stove triangle, and had at it using your site as my tutorial. OMG they are awesome. LOL DH and I couldn’t stop licking the pan, the beater, the plate, the bowl, and whatever else LOL.

  3. December 20, 2007 9:07 pm

    Those pictures of Murphy are cute 🙂

  4. December 19, 2007 6:32 pm

    I am so going to make them Christmas eve with my boys!!!
    we love mallows but would never had tried it!!!

  5. Mary permalink
    December 18, 2007 9:45 am

    Oh that looks so yummy in that cup of cocoa…got an estra one? lol I will defintely be trying this. Have all the ingreds too 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe!! Hot cocoa, here we

    Love the pics of you and your daughter, too cute!

  6. chanknits permalink
    December 17, 2007 3:59 pm

    Someone else was telling me you haven’t lived until you have homemade marshmallows. I doubt it will happen before Christmas, but maybe for my cocoa swap pal… 😉

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