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Homemade Holiday Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows Recipe

This recipe was my grandpa's favorite. At Christmastime, he would be busy making marshmallows for his family and friends. —Diana Byron, New London, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + standing YIELD:117 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: melted chocolate, hot fudge and/or caramel ice cream topping
  • Optional garnishes: baking cocoa, confectioners' sugar, crushed assorted candies, chopped nuts, colored sugars and/or sprinkles


  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.
  • 2. In a large metal bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage).
  • 3. Remove from the heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and the volume is doubled, about 15 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight.
  • 4. Using foil, lift marshmallows out of pan. With a knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. Dip or drizzle marshmallows with toppings if desired; coat with garnishes as desired. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Yield: about 9-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 22 calories, trace fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0g fiber), trace protein

Reviews for Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"These were fantastic! My son loves marshmallows so this was our Christmas project this year. They were super simple to make and my boys had a blast decorating them. Even the marshmallow haters in my family enjoyed these. We will definitely be doing this again."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"I hate marshmallows, but these are delicious! I made them to gift with homemade cocoa, and I can't stay out of them. They are moist and beautiful, and they are a very tasty addition to hot cocoa. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I grew up with homemade marshmallows at Christmas. Mother always rolled them in powdered sugar or toasted coconut."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Super easy! Everyone loved them. I made a hot chocolate bar for a Christmas party and they paired well with the hot cocoa. They only thing with making any marshmallow is that they are extremely sticky. The best thing to do to try and pat them down is by using powdered sugar."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"So easy and delicious. Great flavor and texture."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"So easy and delicious. Great flavor and texture."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Love this!! My dad loves them dipped in chocolate. I've even used this recipe ( before it sets) to replace the marshmallow cream in making the Kraft fudge."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"These tuned out awesome! They taste SO much better than store bought marshmallows, and they were so much fun to decorate - I had as much fun as the kids! Nice easy thing for the kids to help with."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"Fun to make with kids and loved by coworkers. Makes hot chocolate even more delish!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Wonderful! I was scared to attempt making marshmallows, but these were so easy! I have made them twice and will make more!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"These are awesome. I am making my fifth batch and giving them away in little bags with jars of homemade cocoa mix (also from Taste of Home). Store bought just can't compare!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Was not only easy to make but was lots of fun! The most fun was rolling them in sprinkles. They are sticky but that just makes the sprinkles stick better. Our favorite sprinkles was to use red with a small amount of green mixed in and visa versa. My daughter-in-law said they reminded her of "Peeps" that she loved as a child at eastertime."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I have made these for at least three years now and almost everyone just LOVES them! I make them in to s'mores and put them on my Christmas cookie trays :)"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Marshmallows are sticky. That should go without saying.

These are awesome. I'm going to help my daughter's 3rd grade class make some when they study liquid/solid/gas in science. We won't do topping. But we might consider hot chocolate."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"We loved this recipe. The stickiness was an issue but well worth the time. The topping ideas are endless. This is truly a keeper. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"My family LOVED this recipe. We made some at Christmas and decorated with Christmas sprinkles and then for spring, we experimented a little and divided the batches of marshmallow in 3 and added vanilla flavoring to one, strawberry to another (with a dash of red coloring), and pineapple to the last (rolled in coconut). They turned out great."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Great recipe and very easy! I have given these for gifts so many times. The marshmallows are great tossed in powdered sugar after they are cut, gets rid of stickiness. I sometimes cover them in chocolate as well, yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Didn't realize how sticky they were going to be. Had sticky marshmallow all over the counter"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"All I can say is wow, they are delicious. I have never been a big fan of store bought marshmallows, but decided to try these because my 4 year old is. I love mine rolled in coconut."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"Hurrah! I finally found something that no one else in the family has made. I now have a signature item-- it only took 50 years to find. These are simple, quick and look so good. Its February and I am still getting comments and requests for more."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"These were really good. Must have put too much air in them had a hard time getting them out of the bowl, very sticky too. But everyone loved them."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"These marshmallows are wonderful by themselves on in hot cocoa, we made some with just powdered sugar and they were great in the cocoa. They are fairly simple to do and because they were such a hit the first batch went very quick so we had to make a second batch to give as gifts. THANKS TOH!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"These are so easy to make. My kids loved decorating them with sprinkles. This will be added to the annual Christmas baking list!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I loved the easy way of making them. They are fun to make and easy to adapt."

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