Introduction: Vegan Marshmallows

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Every time I bake something my girlfriend requests that I make it vegan. I usually just scoff at her and remark that "You're not even vegan! I don't think you're even vegetarian. No!" At which point she typically counters that "vegan deserts are yummy."

So, the other day when I got it in my head to make kosher marshmallows, her months of pestering finally bore fruit and I thought to myself, "What is more kosher than vegan?"

But how does a person make vegan marshmallows? One quick Google search answered this question with an awesome "open-source recipe." This recipe resulted in one mighty good marshmallow (vegan or not).

I present to you this gift of marshmallow goodness that those of the strictest dietary preference and religious convictions can enjoy. It doesn't matter if you are vegan, vegetarian, pescaterian, Presbytarian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Jedi.

Warning: This is a fast moving and messy process. This is not for the faint of heart. 

Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need:

For the fluff

5 tablespoons soy protein isolate 90%
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
3/4 cup cold water

For the goo

1.5 cups raw sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Genutine Vegetarian Gelatin (if you happen to be in SF, make an appointment and go to the showroom. It is awesome).
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For coating

vegetable oil (to coat pan)
2 tablespoons vegan powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch

Step 2: Powdered Sugar Mix

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Mix together your two tablespoons of powdered sugar and your two tablespoons of corn starch.

Step 3: Prep the Pan

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Lightly oil the pan and then heavily dust it with your powdered sugar mixture.

Put aside the extra powdered sugar mixture for step 8.

Step 4: Make the Fluff

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The fluff is easy to make. In your standing mixer add all of the dry ingredients which include 5 tablespoons soy protein isolate, 2 teaspoons Baking Powder and 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum. Mix those together with the whisk attachment. Then add 3/4 cup cold water and let mix for another 10 minutes until you see the mixture start to stiffen and rise a tiny bit.

Step 5: Make the Goo

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The goo is the tricky part. Once you start to make this, there is no stopping until step 7. The next few things happen very fast because as soon as you take the goo off the flame, it starts to stiffen immediately.

That said, in a sauce pan mix a tablespoon of vegetarian gelatin with 1.5 cups of raw sugar. Add 1/2 a cup of water while whisking briskly and then add a cup of corn syrup while doing the same. Use a candy thermometer and heat until 230 degrees, all the while stirring your mixture. You will see it start to bubble and thicken dramatically.

Turn off the heat, quickly stir in the vanilla and without hesitating for a moment, proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Mix

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If your mixer has a splash guard, I highly recommend using it. Even with the splash guard the goo got everywhere.

Turn your machine on to its highest setting and while it's spinning around, pour in the goo before it starts to harden too much. Try to pour it into the side of the pan so it doesn't cling to/climb up the whisk attachment and gunk up the mixer. Although, from my experience, it is going to do this any which way and this hard to avoid.

After 30 seconds to a minute, turn off the machine and use a rubber scraper to mix in any goo clinging to the sides of the bowl.

Let the mixer run for another 10 to 15 minutes until it looks and tastes like marshmallows.

(When cleaning up later, hot water will take the hardened marshmallow goo off of your standing mixture like a charm.)

Step 7: Spread in Pan

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Roll the marshmallow into the pan and spread it thin. The open-source recipe this is based on recommends using wax paper to push it down and make it lay flat. I recommend not to do that as it created a total mess and was a disaster. Instead, coat a wooden spoon in your sugar/corn starch mixture and spread it out that way.

Refrigerate for an hour.

Step 8: Cut 'em Up

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Cut your marshmallows into squares and coat them on all sides with the powder sugar mixture from step 2.



evacooper (author)2015-11-04

"What is more kosher than vegan?"

what does that even mean? we can have fish gelatin as long as its from a kosher fish... we loads of fish and meat actually.

aazrhael (author)2014-10-24

where do you find [soy protein isolate]? at bakeshops?

manan3 (author)2013-09-28

I made these earlier and have an excess. I need to make fondant so can I use these vegan ones? PLZ REPLY

kkeene (author)2011-12-09

Here is a link to the vegan gel which is needed. I wonder what else would be a suitable and less expensive replacement?

bjames4 (author)2011-07-14

where can you order Genutine Vegetarian Gelatin???

randofo (author)bjames42011-07-14;_Code=ls∏_Code=4MX9303&Category;_Code=Gelling

bjames4 (author)randofo2011-07-14

thanks, i was going to say thats the same blank page, but if i go to a different one of their pages then back i can see it...

MillenniumMan (author)2010-02-01

These aren't marshmellows. They're supposed to be cylindrical shaped and powdery on the outside and in bags or piled up to look like a big fat guy in a blue hat stampeding on fifth avenue chasing the Ghostbusters...

bettbee (author)MillenniumMan2010-02-26

LOL - with such a grand name, you have a rather provincial outlook

pro·vin·cial  [pruh-vin-shuhl]

3. having or showing the manners, viewpoints, etc., considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province; rustic; narrow or illiberal; parochial: a provincial point of view.

7. a person who lacks urban sophistication or broad-mindedness.

NuMystic (author)bettbee2010-12-11

It's dangerous to spend time posting and reading comments on the internet if you have a poorly functioning funny bone. (even if you don't think something is funny, being able to at least recognize an attempt at humor is a useful skill)

Since you seem to be most fluent in cut-and-paste-from-grammar-sites-ese, I'll switch over to your tongue of choice.

hu·mor (hyoo-mer)
1. The quality that makes something laughable or amusing; funniness: could not see the humor of the situation.
2. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: a writer skilled at crafting humor.
3. The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd. See Synonyms at wit1.

sar·casm (sär-ka-zem)
1. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
2. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
3. The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.
[Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh.]

Sugary, puffy, and snow white. Seems like marshmallows to me. :) Perhaps you need to be more diverse in your marshmallow consumption? :)

hyakuraiju (author)2010-09-29

I think vegan gelatin is referring to 'agar-agar powder'.

randofo (author)hyakuraiju2010-09-29

No it is not. See the link in Step 1

doomsdayltd (author)2010-08-28

these are very different i should give them a try but i have one question how the h%ll do you get vegetarian gelatin?

randofo (author)doomsdayltd2010-09-29

See the link in Step 1

neuro98 (author)2010-03-16

Looks good! Better use organic/non-GMO soy, though, because with so much soya in one serving, you don't want any weird allergy-causing xeno proteins in the mix.

articice (author)2010-03-12

What are the possible replacements for xanthan gum?

randofo (author)articice2010-03-12

The original recipe called for guar gum, but I couldn't find that anywhere around here.

I looked up online that xantham gum was an appropriate substitute for that. I'm not sure if there are any more substitutes.

Ziggythewiz (author)2010-01-28

Jedi do not eat soy protein isolate.

articice (author)Ziggythewiz2010-03-12

neither they eat xanthan gum!!

"Fortunately, you can replace the soy protein with just about any sort of non-animal protein and still consider it to be vegan."

Minneh89 (author)2010-01-28

 I've never made marshmallows before, but your recipe looks very tasty and has left me wanting to try, haha.

I don't mean to come off sounding stupid, but what's the difference between vegan marshmallows and a regular marshmallow recipe, or even the bagged ones in the store (other than taste, obviously).  My google search isn't coming up with a recipe that has anything that would be blatantly "non-vegan".

bettbee (author)Minneh892010-02-26

Hi, Minneh89

It's mainly the gelatin. Gelatin is totally meat.

articice (author)bettbee2010-03-12

actually it's totally bones ;)

randofo (author)Minneh892010-01-28

Gelatin is usually made from animal parts.

As well, typical powdered sugar sometimes involves use of animal bone as a filter during the production process.

Minneh89 (author)randofo2010-01-28

 Oh!  I wasn't aware of the use of animal bone in sugar production.  Thank you!

brie.oberle (author)2010-01-21

 I have found that it is easier to get uniform and attractive finished marshmallows if you turn the whole pan of mallow out onto a counter dusted with powdered sugar, and cut them with a pizza cutter dipped in the powdered sugar mixture.

bettbee (author)brie.oberle2010-02-26

You can also cut them with a wire. If you don't have a wire get someone to save you the old high e-string off of their guitar next time they change strings. Just clean it well before using it for food!!

SaraPaigeWithOutRage (author)2010-02-15

 so yummmy

gormly (author)2010-01-28

Hi, My religion requires that I not eat any soy protein.

I am part of a meat worshiping group called "carnivores" and we are totally aghast  whenever we see any kind of mistreatment towards soy...

Can you suggest an alternative?  Maybe Chicken?

carthorse (author)gormly2010-01-28

Marshmallow is suitable for carnivores. Ask your carer to help you open the packet if you can't manage.

randofo (author)gormly2010-01-28

Fortunately, you can replace the soy protein with just about any sort of non-animal protein and still consider it to be vegan.

troseph (author)gormly2010-01-28

 Its not un-manly to eat soy you know.

WuLongTi (author)2010-01-28

 Well done my friend, my vegan wife is going to love this!

elenilla (author)2010-01-28

wow, congratulations!

V-Man737 (author)2010-01-25


(5 stars and favorited.)

bronhitis (author)2010-01-24

Quite good idea

scoochmaroo (author)2010-01-20

LeSanctuaire is selling pop rocks now!
But they give no information on how to visit their showroom.
Tell us what it was like, randofo?

randofo (author)scoochmaroo2010-01-20

You just have to call up and make an appointment. I happen to know that its about five blocks from where you work. Hypothetically near where you went to lunch at a diner one day.

Tobita (author)randofo2010-01-23


randofo (author)Tobita2010-01-23

Yeah, she just won't stop following me.

randofo (author)scoochmaroo2010-01-20

Pop Rocks! Sweet! I wanted to make DIY Pop Rocks but involved high temperatures and hundreds of pounds of force. What are theirs like?

applesaucemodifier (author)2010-01-21

Are these marshmellows more soft and chewy or hard and crunchy?
Either way, nice instructable.

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2010-01-21


drewSaysGoVeg (author)2010-01-21


Joe Martin (author)2010-01-20

This is awesome!

Marshmallows is one of the BIG things I miss, thank you so much to doing this!! 


mbudde (author)2010-01-20

That looks delish. Do they taste the same as some regular grocery store marshmallows?

randofo (author)mbudde2010-01-20

They were pretty good. Tasted more like homemade marshmallows you might get from a high-end supermarket. Not so much the bagged stuff. The recipe was unmistakably a marshmallow but  it perhaps could have used another teaspoon of vanilla. I didn't add it in the Instructables because I wasn't sure if that would it make it too rich.

Doctor What (author)2010-01-20

 That produces interesting shapes!  I love the freeform look to it.

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