Marshmallow From Scratch - No Corn Syrup




Making marshmallow at home is fun and easy. The results are much fluffier, softer - heck, it tastes much better and nothing like the bags you find at your megalomart.

The ingredients for this recipe are:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 x 28 Gram packets of gelatin (2 x 1 Oz. )
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting the sticky goo)

If you had enough corn and corn syrup in your life, you might appreciate that this recipe has none.

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Step 1: Gelatin-ing

2 packets of gelatin go into 1/4 cup water. Stir well. Move on.

Step 2:

2 cups of granulated sugar go in a pot with 1/2 cup water.

A stainless steel heavy bottom pot works well. Later, you might use a mixer in the pot so non stick may get scratched.

Cook, stirring as needed to prevent scorching and make a syrup, until soft ball stage is reached. You can determine the correct timing in one of 2 ways:
1) Soft ball test: take a bit of syrup using a spoon. Drop the syrup in a cup of cold water. If you can form a soft ball in the water by gathering the syrup you are there. Before this, syrup will not "bunch up".
2) Using a thermometer: 115 Celsius (240 Fahrenheit)

When syrup is done, remove from stove and stir in the gelatin emulsion. Stir thoroughly.
If in a hurry, you might want to place the pot's bottom in a sink full of cool water.
Once cool enough to touch pot with your hand - move on.

Step 3:

Using mixer, mix :-)

Add a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

You can add food coloring at this point.

I tried with mint once - works nice. Almond extract didn't :-/

Mix until it fluffs up and very viscous. When you tilt the pot it should ooze down but slowly.

Step 4:

Pour mixture into pan or baking sheet.

Prior to pouring, make sure pan is greased and liberally dusted with powdered sugar. This stuff is sticky! Skimping is wimpy and senseless.Use powdered sugar.

Set aside and wait for it to set further. One hour minimum - 4 if you can hold the kids back that long.

Sprinkle top liberally with powdered sugar.

Cutting can be done using:

1) Shot glass
2) Cookie cutter
3) Knife (the thinner the better) - into squares
4) Scissors, dipped in powdered sugar - cut into strips then squares.

Roll each piece in powdered sugar. If you try to store pieces uncoated they will stick to each other. On second thought, they probably will stick even if they are coated, so just eat them while they are fresh.



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    20 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Nice to see you NOT using the evil corn syrup! I'll have to give this a try. One day I'll see if I can make marsh mallows out of actual marshmallow root like they used to be.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot! The instructions were simple and easy to follow, already made 3 sets so far and my folks loved it! The last one I made, I ended up adding a table spoon of corn flour(after all) along with less than half cup of water. Divided it into 2 parts, left one as original vanilla while I mixed the other with strawberry crush, poured them in layers. They were firm and chewy delight...! <3 ^^


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey!! The marshmallows turned out yumm!!! thanks for the recipe..!!! :)

    Could you please help me in figuring out how can this recipe can be turned into a marshmallow fondant!

    somethings a tiny bit off :D your cups of water are different from the ingredients to the directions. Im guessing 2/4 is supposed to be 3/4?

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made this today! I put the gelatin with the water, and them made the syrup and when I was going to mix all together the gelatin was solid D: like really solid!!! so I heat it up and it melts :) But the mixture get viscous so fast that I started to worry ...
    But they are yummy!! so happy this is my first time making marshmallows! so thanks for sharing! I attach the photo of them!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I use my vita-mix blender to make powdered sugar from granulated, works great but the fine powdery texture doesn't have have a long shelf life. I suppose you could blend it with another starch?
    Does anyone know how to make this great recipe vegan with a gelatin substitute?

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Agar-Agar would be the easiest substitute, You can also try Kosher Gelatin, some companies use plant cellulose to make the gelatin. (but some companies also just use a different process on the animal bi-products, so read the fine print)

    You can use corn flour or rice flour (non gelatinous) instead of powdered sugar, or use an icing mixture rather than pure powdered sugar.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The powdered sugar is for the sake of nonstick. If you lay down a bunch of graham or your favorite cracker, and smear the goo over it you can have a half s'more and not need powdered sugar.

    Regarding non-animal gelatin, I have not tried out any. My first guess would probably be agar-agar.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    carageenan makes marshmallow that will keep shape upward of 200degrees.


    Home-made marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa, topped with chocolate chips!! Perfect for warm weather!


    This recipe was a success! As we dont have any corn syrup available, so this one is a knock-out! i have some queries though. I dont have candy thermometer nor it is available here, so the checking of soft-ball stage was difficult, it didnt work out that way, so i went with my instincts and it worked. Do you have any other tip on how to be sure of the temperature/consistency of syrup?? and how to make this marshmallow absolute super white??
    btw thanks for sharing this recipe!!! I am attaching a photo of my marshmallows!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm. Now I have to make another batch. These look awsome!
    To be honest, I've always added color - never went for bright white. I suppose bright white food coloring (yes, it exists) may do the trick.

    Regarding the soft ball, you need: (1) very cold water (2) boil to right temperature.
    If your water is really cold, and a few drops of syrup simply don't form a soft ball, it indicates the syrup is not ready. When it is, you can kind of clump it together. It's not going to be a hard marble - it's between honey and pine sap in strength.
    In any event, the finished product looks like is worked and probably didn't survive 24 hours.. so trust your instincts!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    to be honest, im really into making desserts than eating! :) they wudnt have survived if i hadnt given these to my cousins for fondant making.
    about white coloring, wilton or other colors are not available in here, but it was white. Actually i made these to make fondant, but it didnt work (fondant was not so elastic and was way too sugry) coz of no cornsyrup or liquid glucose, thats what my cousin says.

    I just did this last night, and it worked great! I was craving some toasted marshmallows but can't get any good ones where I live, this was PERFECT! Next time I'll get better vanilla extract, I only had artificial extract, but it still tastes great!


    9 years ago on Introduction

     every kitchen SHOULD have a fire extinguisher, unfortunately not all of them do though.


    9 years ago on Step 1

    turned out delicious.  lovely, fluffy texture.  we added 2 tsp maple syrup for a slightly richer flavor.  would have given 5 stars if a less refined substitute for granulated sugar was suggested


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! Look forward to trying it. If you're going to be rigid on the corn ingredients... it's important to note is that virtually all powdered sugars are made with corn starch, between 2-30%. Occasionally you can find tapioca starch powdered sugar, but it's not easy. Pretty sure Trader Joe's carries it during the holiday season (I have a friend with a corn allergy, who loves to cook). I wonder if one could use an alternative dusting material such as cocoa powder, simple flour (might be a bit dry), or rice flour (maybe blend granulated sugar with rice flour... never tried it but could work) Again, great stuff!