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Homemade Marshmallows Recipe: Corn Syrup Free

4.48 from 112 votes
Use this Homemade Marshmallows recipe to make soft, fluffy marshmallows without corn syrup a nd for many of my baking recipes!
Easy Homemade Marshmallow recipe AND No Corn Syrup required!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Most Homemade Marshmallow recipes contain corn syrup however it is not widely available. I’m sharing a recipe that shows you how to make fluffy Homemade Marshmallow without corn syrup. Also, I’m going to tell you how you can make them vegan as well.

Tips for Making Homemade Marshmallows

Don’t stir your sugar/gelatin mix once it comes to a simmer. It can cause the sugar to crack. Once it cracks, it has to go into the bin. Unfortunately, there’s no coming back from that.

Making Marshmallows Vegan

When a recipe calls for powdered gelatin, replace it with the same amount of powdered Agar-Agar. Using Agar flakes is a different quantity than powdered agar. Replace the gelatin or Agar-Agar with 3 times the amount of Agar flakes.

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You do need a candy thermometer to make Homemade Marshmallows. It is an inexpensive piece of kitchen equipment that comes in really handy for the recipes that require it. Note that when you are waiting and waiting for the sugar to reach “soft ball” stage it will seem like it is taking forever. Well it kind of is, but hold your nerve. It will eventually get there.

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Cut and store your Homemade Marshmallows in an air tight container for 6 weeks.

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Homemade Marshmallows (Corn Syrup Free)

4.48 from 112 votes
Use this Homemade Marshmallows recipe to make soft, fluffy marshmallows without corn syrup a nd for many of my baking recipes!
Author: adapted from jerryjamesstone.com
Servings: 30 marshmallows
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Use this Homemade Marshmallows recipe to make soft, fluffy marshmallows without corn syrup a nd for many of my baking recipes!
Author: adapted from jerryjamesstone.com
Servings: 30 marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) cold water, divided
  • 2 cups (16oz/450g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (11/3oz/28g) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Dust a 9-inch square baking pan liberally with icing sugar.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Set aside for 10 minutes to set.
  • Place the remaining 1/2 cup of water and sugar in a pot and stir to dissolve over medium heat.
  • Add the gelatin and bring to a rolling boil, without stirring until it reaches 240°F.
  • Carefully remove from the heat and pour into a bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
  • Beat with the whisk attachment of the electric mixer on low for 2 minutes then increase to high until soft and doubled in volume, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. It helps if you grease the spatula with flavorless oil as the marshmallow is really sticky.
  • Cool in the pan uncovered, until firm, minimum 3 hours. Lightly dust the top with sifted powdered sugar.
  • Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out snowmen heads. Dust with powdered sugar and pipe on eyes, mouths and noses with melted chocolate and melted orange melts. Enjoy as is or in hot chocolate!

 

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Lauren Murphy
Lauren Murphy
1 year ago

Made twice, said to not stir but ended up making caramel. Such a waste of sugar.

swapna
1 year ago

can i use these to make rice crispies, which you used smaller rounded marshmellows?

Nina trianta
Nina trianta
11 months ago

I wrote a review a day ago, but I have one question I whipped it up for 15 minutes it was soft and fluffy could you use this to frost cakes or cupcakes???

Erin Clark
Erin Clark
2 years ago

These are perfect! We try to only eat organic and the stores around us do not carry organic marshmallows so this was exactly what I was looking for. I do not understand the issues that other people were experiencing, as long as you follow the directions, everything should turn out perfect. We are making smores tonight and rice krispy treats too! My kids can’t wait! Thank you for posting this!

Amna
Amna
6 months ago

Your marshmallow recipe looks very nice. I have a question Gemma. Can I use these marshmallows in your marshmallow fondant recipe by adding powdered sugar to their unset form. Will it be the same and taste the same?

sabrahardy
sabrahardy
7 months ago

where is the candy thermometer link

Nina trianta
Nina trianta
11 months ago

I really love this recipe, but the only thing I would do differently is use a bigger pot than you need because when I brought it to a rolling bowl it bowled out of the pot and went everywhere. Other than that it made really nice and fluffy marshmallows!

Mimi
Mimi
1 year ago

I was wondering if and how I could use gelatin sheets instead of gelatin powder?

Tracey
Tracey
2 months ago

Delicious and easy to make!

sara
sara
2 months ago

We tried this and had mixed results – our fault for sure. Question about the powdered sugar – do you add it in with the granulated sugar or is it simply for dusting?

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