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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, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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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."

voltzd User ID: 6860402 118853
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

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

perkinsm User ID: 2646092 185539
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!"

lmmf73 User ID: 2988177 118851
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!"

ronalynn User ID: 5545679 174099
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."

Pilchard1987 User ID: 5577124 145743
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 :)"

cocos_mama User ID: 1241847 108489
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."

macssugar User ID: 597837 211333
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."

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 185538
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."

sarahutz User ID: 4311480 118847
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!"

tilbuma6 User ID: 3072376 188254
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

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

angelamslowe User ID: 1760011 211332
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."

zareba User ID: 1462585 145742
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."

talpos21 User ID: 1444246 185535
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."

littlecootie User ID: 1706558 118844
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!!!"

LeenerBug User ID: 3329842 174093
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!"

leitzal User ID: 337478 168648
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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