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Easy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

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This easy Homemade Marshmallow recipe is ideal for snacking, hot cocoa, or camping! You will never buy a bag in the store again! 

How to make marshmallows

Never in a million years did I think I would love making candy. Truth is, it is so much easier than I thought.

Since the day I tried this quick marshmallow recipe it has been the most requested dessert in our home. Homemade marshmallows are light, fluffy, and so much better than store bought.

You can cut them into practically any shape making them even more fun! They add the perfect finishing touch to your cocoa and melt perfectly in smores!

And I highly recommend you add these to your krispie treats!

Recipe Features:

  • Less than 10 ingredients!
  • Quick and Easy
  • Large Batch- Easy for sharing! 
How to make homemade marshmallows

What You’ll Need:

Basic marshmallows are made with basic ingredients!

  • Unflavored gelatin 
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cornstarch
Easy homemade marshmallows

How to make homemade marshmallows:

Grab a pizza slicer and start cutting away!

You might need to dust the blade in some of that remaining cornstarch and powdered sugar mixture.

Easy Marshmallow Recipe

Things are going to get sticky. Very sticky.


Once you have all of your squares cut, dust them in the remaining cornstarch mixture.

This should help cut back on all of the gooey/sticking together issues you have most likely been having.

Marshmallows made from scratch

How do you make marshmallows?

Before we get started I will give you a tip… INVEST IN A GOOD candy thermometer (affiliate) . The very first step is cooking water, sugar, and corn syrup to a temperature of 240 degrees.

From there you want to slowly whisk into bloomed gelatin. Whisk until light and fluffy with a beautiful gloss. Pour into a prepared pan and let sit overnight.

Once you have made it all the way through to this point, your marshmallow should look a little something like the big block above.

Tip it out onto a large cutting board.

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Yield: 45 marshmallows
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Set Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

This easy Homemade Marshmallow recipe is ideal for snacking, hot cocoa, or camping! You will never buy a bag in the store again! 


  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray


  1. Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  2. Stir together the remaining water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook until it reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  3. Turn your mixer onto low speed and slowly drizzle in the hot liquid, combining with the gelatin. Once you’ve emptied the saucepan turn the speed to medium and let the magic happen. You want to continue stirring until it has thickened and turned solid white (around 10 minutes).
  4. While that is mixing, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Spritz a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray and dust with a portion of the powdered sugar mix. 
  5. Pour your marshmallow into your prepared pan. Dust with a small amount of the remaining powdered sugar mix. Let it sit, uncovered, overnight
  6. Turn the marshmallow out onto a cutting board. Slice into 1 inch pieces and toss in the remaining powdered sugar mixture. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

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Friday 5th of June 2020

Great recipe but it doesn't address the vanilla. I added the vanilla into my gelatin/water mixture before pouring in the hot sugar. It worked fine.


Thursday 14th of January 2016

Thank you for reaching out. If you would like to contact me at [email protected] I'd be happy to discus this further.


Thursday 24th of September 2015

At what point do you add the vanilla?

Patricia Morrish

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Can these be arrested over a campfire. Some of these homemade ones fall apart before they are browned.


Thursday 24th of September 2015

I've never tried but I think you would be safe. These are the closest I've come to store bought varieties.


Saturday 13th of December 2014

Can we use normal salt? And cn u tll me the recipe with one pack of gelatin?

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