Homemade Holiday Marshmallows Recipe
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Homemade Holiday Marshmallows Recipe

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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
Featured In: Homemade Marshmallows
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + standing
MAKES:117 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + standing
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Homemade Marshmallows in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p65

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Twodisneyfans User ID: 5579393 257925
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"My family loves these - but we find it hard to not get our marshmallows to ride up the mixer and then we feel like we waste a lot because we can't get a bunch out of the bowl - too sticky and hard. And we never go 15 minutes of mixing - more like 5 minutes because the marshmallow rides up the beater so much and it white and fluffy."

xkarenb User ID: 2499508 257369
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"These are good but the consistency or mouth feel is not like marshmallows. These are spongy and airy. I made this recipe 3 times and the first two times I followed it exactly as written and was disappointed.

On the 3rd attempt, I only used 1/2 C Corn Syrup and the Marshmallows were FANTASTIC!!! The consistency/texture was similar to high quality homemade marshmallows (like those purchased at Gourmet Stores). The taste was incredible!!! I was not fond of the vanilla flavored ones; they were too bland so I used lemon oil and flavored them lemon. These were INCREDIBLE!!!
The mixture with 1/2 C Corn Syrup makes LESS and is VERY sticky. Wet your spatula with water to assist in spreading in the pan. This also only made enough for an 8" x 8" pan. I rolled some of the cut marshmallows in confectioners' sugar, shaking off the excess, and the rest in sanding sugar. The ones with the confectionery sugar were much better than those coated in sanding sugar."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 216285
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."

lambasio User ID: 4065974 215116
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!"

JannieG User ID: 2168704 214196
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

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

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 188421
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."

ssminn23 User ID: 1053270 185541
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

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

ssminn23 User ID: 1053270 188374
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

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

kallenbird User ID: 1051505 185429
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."

emaree9598 User ID: 4202011 104355
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."

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