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Homemade Marshmallow Recipe with 3 Amazing Flavors

4.73 from 29 votes
A lighter, fluffier, and easier Homemade Marshmallow Recipe in three of my favorite flavors!
Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Birthday Cake Marshmallows!

Hi Bold Bakers!

The only thing better than a light and fluffy Homemade Marshmallow is a Homemade Marshmallow in 3 super bold flavors!

My Homemade Marshmallow Recipe with 3 Amazing Flavors is next level. Whether you fancy the birthday cake flavor in the video, or the chocolate and mint chocolate chip, these marshmallows are so easy to make that anyone can have the confidence to make their OWN marshmallows from now on! Fear homemade marshmallows no more: these are so much fun, great for getting the kids into the kitchen, and yummy beyond belief. If you’ve never made candy at home, this is a great place to start.

How To Make My Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

While candy making can be temperamental, this is one of the easiest things to make and a great way to get comfortable working with sugar.

Before you make the marshmallow liquid mixture, you start by blooming some gelatin. This just means combining gelatin with water. Once added, you should immediately start to see the mixture take on a gel like texture. This will give your marshmallows texture, fluff, and bounce!

Next you combine, sugar, water light corn syrup and salt in a sauce pan. These melt together and become a clear liquid that is then cooked to what is called “soft ball” stage (a candy thermometer will come in handy here!). This is a stage of caramel making that means the syrup is cooked but not caramelized. Cooking the mixture to this point is what will allow the marshmallows to be stretchy and chewy.

This process combined with the gelatin is what make the marshmallows “work” so to speak. After the candy is cooked to soft ball you quickly add the hot mixture to the gelatin mixture in your stand mixer and mix away for about 12-15 minutes. What you’re then left with is a super light and airy marshmallow fluff-like mixture. This is when I add in the flavors and colors before transferring to an 8 x 8 pan and allowing to set.

How To Keep Your Homemade Marshmallows From Sticking

This homemade marshmallow recipe is pretty fool-proof! After cooking the candy, it’s the mixer really doing all the work. The trick after mixing the marshmallows is to work quickly and be prepared.

The most important preparation to make is having a greased and powdered pan ready, along with a greased spatula to help transfer the marshmallows. The pan should be greased with flavorless oil, then dusted with a mixture of corn starch and powdered sugar. While most people thinks this powder just looks pretty, it is highly important to your marshmallows turning out.

I also like to grease and powder my pan before I even start the cooking process. After I transfer the marshmallow mix to the pan, I add another layer of powder on the top. The corn starch helps to dry out the homemade marshmallows and the sugar adds sweetness. After the marshmallows have set and formed a skin they can be cut into perfect little squares then dusted with even more powder to keep them from sticking to each other while being stored.

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Can these be made without gelatin?

If you are steering clear of gelatin, you can substitute vegan gel — This is made from vegetable gum and comes highly recommended. It can be subbed 1:1. There are many available on line including this one from Dr. Oetker Vege-gel.

With regards to using agar agar, I hear from you that it doesn’t always yield the same results as gelatin so be warned.

Can You Make Marshmallows Without Corn syrup?

I know Corn Syrup is common in the U.S.,  but isn’t available in all countries. Don’t worry if you can’t find it because it can be replaced 1:1 with Cane Syrup, Golden Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup. Click the links to buy them directly online.

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Can the sugar be reduced/substituted?

Sugar is what makes these marshmallows not only taste lovely and sweet, but have a fluffy stretchy texture. Sugar can not be substituted in this recipe as there is really nothing else that has this ability to be cooked and transformed into a light, fluffy, and chewy candy.

What Other Flavor Marshmallows Can You Make?

While Birthday Cake, Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate Chip are my personal favorite flavors, the truth is if you can dream it, you can do it. When it comes to flavoring this fluffy candy it’s super easy to add in whatever colors and extract you like! From almond to coconut to espresso, I encourage you guys to get creative and experiment with your favorite flavor combinations.

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Homemade Marshmallow Recipe With 3 Flavors

4.73 from 29 votes
A light and fluffy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe in three of my favorite flavors!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 20 Marshmallows
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
A light and fluffy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe in three of my favorite flavors!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 20 Marshmallows

Ingredients

Marshmallows:

  • 6 teaspoons unflavored powder gelatin
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) warm water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz/ 340g) sugar
  • 1 cup (10oz/283g) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Birthday Cake Marshmallows:

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup (¾ oz/21g) confetti sprinkles
  • a few drops pink food coloring

Chocolate Marshmallows:

  • 1/4 cup (1oz/28g) cocoa powder

Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows:

  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract or peppermint oil
  • 1/2 cup (3oz/85g) chocolate chips
  • green food coloring

for coating the marshmallows:

  • 1/4 cup (35g/ 1 1/4oz) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35g/ 1 1/4oz) cornstarch

Instructions

  • Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. This is called sponging. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
  • In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not let it boil at this stage.
  • Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240°F, roughly 15 to 20 minutes, maybe more. You are aiming to reach soft ball stage on the thermometer. (I strongly recommend watching the video above for more detailed instruction)
  • Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm when you touch the bottom of the bowl, approximately 12 to 14 minutes.

For the Birthday Cake Marshmallows:

  • Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, sprinkles and a tiny drop of food coloring during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

For the Chocolate Marshmallows:

  • Add the cocoa powder during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

For the Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows:

  • Add the mint extract, a tiny drop of green coloring and the chocolate chips during the last minute of whipping. Add the chips at the very last minute as the heat of the mixer can melt the chocolate. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
  • Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly grease a 8 x 8-inch (or 7 x 11-inch) baking pan with flavorless oil. Sift the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
  • Grease a spatula, and even your hands, because believe me: this is sticky stuff
  • When the marshmallow are ready, work QUICKLY and scrape the mixture into the prepared pan, using your spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. They need to be exposed to the air to form a skin.
  • After this time, turn the marshmallows out of the pan and allow the other side to be exposed to the air for another 4 hours.
  • On a cutting board, cut the marshmallows into squares using a pizza wheel or lightly oiled knife. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining sugar mixture, using additional if necessary. (This sugar mix will keep the marshmallows dry and stop them from sticking together) 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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Fearepixeuhv
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Fearepixeuhv
4 days ago

Hey Gemma. I read on another website that you can substitute the gelatin for agar powder. Is this possible?

Lourdes
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Lourdes
23 days ago

Hi, Gemma.. Can I substitute the corn syrup with honey?? Because it’s difficult to find Cane syrup, Golden Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup in my city

Paige
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Paige
2 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I would like to add some colorings into the marshmallow. Do you think the liquid form or gel paste coloring work better here?

Thank you.

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Jennifer Kurth
2 months ago

I made this for the first time yesterday, it ended up being fluff! Today I made it again, making the birthday cake. There was marshmallow everywhere ????! I oiled my spatula and my hands! Somehow it even ended up on top of my stand mixer!
I did taste test what was left in the bowl and oh my is it good! I’ll be making these again tomorrow but I’ll be úsing real bourbon instead! Thanks for the great recipe.

Shine
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Shine
4 months ago

Can I use pectin powder instead of gelatine and Dr.oetker vege-gel?

Lynnette Siegl
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Lynnette Siegl
4 months ago

Where in the world did I go wrong! I bought Dr Oetker Vege-Gel Sachets – 3 x 6.5g

3 Sachets = 6 tsp. My marshmallows is like soup!
I was hoping that this would be a solution to my marshmallow blow up with my daughter-in-law ! Any suggestions how to fix my marshmallow soup?

Melissa Morgan
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Melissa Morgan
5 months ago

Hi, I love your blog. You have a lot of great recipes. The reason I am leaving this comment is to point out a ingredient in the vegi gel . Carrageenan, a lot of children and adults who are sensitive to allergies have exteme reactions to this ingredient. My son was diagnosed with Chrohns Disease and it turns out that the ingredient in his soy milk was causing a lot of the ulcers and inflammation in the whole of his digestive tract. It was awful! Once I removed it from his diet there was a 70% healing in it. The… Read more »

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Sexy Baker
5 months ago

I was wondering if I could use agave in this recipe?

Kuswita Sitiadefi
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Kuswita Sitiadefi
6 months ago

Hi Gemma, i couldn’t find gelatin powder in my place, but I have gelatin sheet. How much gelatin sheet I should use for this recipe. Thank you

Kathy
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Kathy
6 months ago

What if I don’t have a whisk attachment on my mixer?

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