Homemade Marshmallows

We are officially 8 weeks away from Christmas! Can we just all squeal and dance to that? I’m already planning the Christmas Day dinner menu. If you haven’t guessed it by now, these homemade-no-corn-syrup marshmallows are making an appearance.


I love how fluffy and cloud-like these marshmallows are. I make a lot of marshmallows around here, remember these fun and colorful Rainbow Marshmallows. Oh, and these, Kahlua Marshmallows, for your hot-chocolate-sipping sessions. Of course I have to share my fave, Blueberry Jasmine Marshmallows, that are just downright good for eating anytime!


But these here, this classic vanilla marshmallow, is a must-make because: (1) they are killer and a pretty pop-able treat all on their own (2) they toast up better than any store-bought brand (3) it’s a building block for a big dessert to come, so make this—eat some and save some! 

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Perfect Homemade Marshmallows

Yield: Makes 36 1-inch cubes


¼ cup water
3 tablespoons gelatin
2 cups sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2/3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch


Preparation: Lightly cover a 9”pan with nonstick spray. Place parchment on top and then cover once more with nonstick spray. (The first layer of nonstick spray will help to keep the parchment paper in place.)
Place water in a stand mixer bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the surface and leave untouched to set.
In a medium saucepan, add sugar, water and honey, cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook without stirring until candy thermometer reads 240 degrees F, about 12-15 minutes. Pour syrup mixture into gelatin mixture; beat on low until combined. Increase speed to high and beat until thick and fluffy and mixture triples in volume, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined. Using a lightly oiled spatula, scrape mixture into prepared pan. Smooth out top (top surface will not be completely even).
Whisk together powdered sugar and cornstarch. Remove marshmallow from pan and peel away parchment paper. Lightly dust top and bottom of marshmallow with powdered sugar mixture. Lightly cover a serrated knife with non-stick spray and slice marshmallow into 1” cubes. Cover cut sides with powdered sugar mixture. Marshmallows will keep in an air tight container between layers of nonstick parchment for 3 to 4 days.
*To toast marshmallows: Use a kitchen torch and toast  top of marshmallow for 2-3 seconds, moving the torch left to right to prevent burns.


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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJennie Caniglia says

    Hi Naomi! When I’ve made marshmallows in the past, they’ve had to set for at least 3 hours in the fridge before removing from the pan. Do these have to set at all? So excited to try this corn syrup-free recipe!


  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says

    HOLY CRAP! 8 weeks? I don’t know if I am ready for such a thing, but I am ready for a giant plate of marshmallows!


  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says

    I’m sure those 8 weeks are going to fly by too Naomi!! So much to do! These marshmallows look delicious, as do ALL your marshmallows! Perfect for our hot cocoa! I’ve got to give these a try!


  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDorinda says

    Ok, ok. I guess I’m just going to have to make some marshmallows. Geez! 😉
    {Love that’s there’s no corn syrup. But you didn’t mention how long to let it set before cutting and dusting the pieces…}


  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAlice @ Hip Foodie Mom says

    I’ve always wanted to try making my own homemade-marshmallows! Can’t wait to try this recipe! These are gorgeous!


  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAllison Ferraro says

    I’ve been thinking about making homemade marshmallows recently, and these look incredible! I love that you made them without corn syrup. Pinning this for sure!

    xx Allison


  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJennifer Farley says

    There’s nothing quite like homemade marshmallows! You’re reminding me that I haven’t made them in forever. It’s time to fix that!


  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAsha Shivakumar says

    Naomi, these marshmallows look gorgeous! I can’t wait to try these out! The boys will love them in our s’mores this winter!! xoxo


  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKelsey says

    I am making these and just need to know is the water measurements. You have two and doesn’t say where the 1/4 and 1/2 cup go. Just a little clarification would be good. Thank you.


  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmanda says

    I made these last night and they were amazing! I can’t see how to reply to comments above so I’m doing it here.

    Jennie: you’re right: most do have to set. When I made these, they felt pretty firm within 5 minutes but I put them in the fridge I while I made some hot chocolate sticks (~20 mins) . I was able to cut them at that point. I probably could have done it immediately but I was nervous!

    Kelsey – I used the 1/4 to dissolve the gelatin and the 1/2 cup for the sugar. Not all of my gelatin dissolved though I probably should have used a wider bowl with so little water.

    In any case, they were delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!!


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