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Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate


Did you know you can make marshmallows in your own kitchen? It’s really simple with this Homemade Marshmallows Recipe! There’s really nothing like a homemade vanilla marshmallow melting into your mug of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day.



  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 2 ½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 cups powdered sugar


  1. Pour ½ cup of the water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder into the water; stir, then set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and the remaining ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring often, until the candy reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.
  3. Very carefully, pour the hot candy mixture into a large mixing bowl. Safety note: be extremely cautious to not splash the very hot candy onto your skin!
  4. Add the gelatin and water mixture to the candy. Beat the candy with an electric mixer (a stand mixer is preferable if possible), starting on low speed and gradually increasing the speed to high as the mixture thickens. When the marshmallow has thickened and turned white, add the vanilla extract. Continue to beat the marshmallow on high speed until it has more than doubled in volume.
  5. Prepare an 11×7 inch glass dish by completely covering the bottom and sides with powdered sugar. Use your fingers to press the powdered sugar up the sides of the pan. You’ll want every bit of the pan to be coated in powdered sugar so that the marshmallow does not stick.
  6. Scoop the marshmallow into the pan prepared with the powdered sugar. Use a lightly oiled spoon to smooth the marshmallow out, then sprinkle the top of the marshmallow generously with powdered sugar.
  7. Place the pan of marshmallow in a cool, dry area to set for 8 hours.
  8. Cut the marshmallow lengthwise into 5 long strips, then cut each strip into 10 pieces to create a total of 50 marshmallow squares. Roll each marshmallow in powdered sugar.
  9. Store marshmallows at room temperature in an airtight container.
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