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Homemade Marshmallows

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.


about 8 dozen

My husband Dale's grandmother fixed this fluffy marshmallow recipe only for special occasions. Since she had no electric mixer, beating the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes was a labor of love. Now, Dale makes them. They're delicious!
Homemade Marshmallows Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups cold water, divided
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


  1. Generously dust a 13x9-in. pan with confectioners' sugar. In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup cold water.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook, covered, 3 minutes. Uncover; cook, without stirring, over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from heat and slowly add to gelatin mixture, beating on low speed until incorporated. Add vanilla; beat on medium until thick and doubled in volume, about 10 minutes.
  3. Spread into prepared pan. Let stand, covered, at room temperature 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Using a knife coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Add marshmallows in batches; toss to coat. Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place.
Marshmallows Tips

How do you store homemade marshmallows?

To keep homemade marshmallows fresh, place them in an airtight cookie storage container, separating the layers with parchment or waxed paper. Since marshmallows have a high sugar content, you don't want to refrigerate them. If you keep them in a cool, dry place, then they should last for about 3 to 4 weeks. You can also freeze them for up to 6 months.

How do I stop my marshmallows from getting sticky?

If you live in a humid area, you may find your marshmallows getting a little sticky after a few days. To prevent sticking, simply dust them with a little powdered sugar or cornstarch.

How do you rehydrate hard marshmallows?

While it's best to eat marshmallows while they're fresh, sometimes they do dry out a little. To revive them a bit, place a couple of slices of fresh bread in the same container as the marshmallows and seal it up. You can also try microwaving them for 5 to 10 seconds.

How can you make these homemade marshmallows your own?

This marshmallow recipe uses vanilla extract, but you can substitute your favorite flavor in the same amount. Try peppermint for the holidays, or maple in the fall. Adding citrus zest in with the sugar can also add lots of punch. If you decide to add mix-ins like chocolate chips, let the mixture cool slightly so the chips don't melt when you add them in. When you're done making this marshmallow recipe, grab some graham crackers and try sandwiching them with these other foods to add to s'mores—whether it's peanut butter cups, cookie dough or bacon.

James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary and Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 marshmallow: 35 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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