Homemade Marshmallows

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Homemade Marshmallows Homemade Marshmallows

The perfect treat…marshmallows!  Cut them into any size and shape you like!

Servings: 3 doz
Prep Time: 24 hours 45 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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2 1/2 tablespoons gelatin, unflavored
1 cup water, cold and divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar, for dusting





In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1/2 cup cold water and gelatin. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. 

In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, remaining 1/2 cup water and salt.  Sir until the sugar dissolves. Use a wet pastry brush to wash down the sides as needed when sugar crystals form.

Raise the heat to high under the pan and clip a candy thermometer on the side.  Cook the syrup WITHOUT stirring until the temperature reaches 244ºF (firm ball stage).  Immediately remove the pan from the heat.

Using a whisk attachment, turn your standing mixer to low and slowly pour the hot syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture has tripled in size. This should take about 15-18 minutes. The mixture will be very thick and white. Add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
Generously dust an 8X12 inch Pyrex baking dish with powdered sugar. Pour mixture into pan. Dust the top of the mixture with powdered sugar and press flat into the pan with wet hands. Dust again with powdered sugar. Set out overnight uncovered.  Turn out onto a cutting board and cut marshmallows with a dry hot knife into 1 1/2” squares. Dust again with powdered sugar.

Paula’s Gift Packaging Tips: These marshmallows are such a wonderful gift.  Give them along with your favorite hot chocolate mix for an added surprise. I love how they look in clear plastic bags tied with a vintage velvet ribbon and given in old milk glass containers I find while out junkin’. The white marshmallows against the white milk glass is so beautiful.

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I made these for a girls tea party to dip in a chocolate fountain - they loved it. I found that it's easier to cut them with a pizza cutter:)

By janet on February 09, 2013


The Marshmallow recipe that Marie and I wanted IS on Paula's website! Stumbled on it two ways; one was through an Episode Search on the Food Network; Paula Deen, June 30-Jul 9, marshmallow. The guest that provided the recipe is Matt Armendariz (party bites?); episode PB1105H, July 9. ~Stephani

By Stephani on July 09, 2012


I, too, want the marshmallow recipe that Paula's guest made (see Marie McBride's comment on 6/30/12). Or, if you know the name of the guest? I saw it on the food network today (7/9/12). Other recipes online use different techniques and/or proportions of the ingredients. I tried a recipe w/out egg whites and it was terrible in every way. Thank you! ~Stephani

By Stephani on July 09, 2012


Hi, This morning I saw Paula with a guest and they made pancake batter fried chicken on a stick and MARSHMALLOWS!! I can't find the marshmallow recipe and am wondering if you could send it to me. I'm also wondering if this could be used as a frosting on a two layer cake. When I worked at a local bakery they would make a white cake with yellow curd between the layers and then twirl marshmallow frosting on it. They have since changed hands and the former owner doesn't have any recipes... they went with the bakery. Thanks so much!!!!! Marie McBride

By Marie McBride on June 30, 2012


Paula I love you and wish everyone would lay offbyou about rhid diabetesvthing meh mother gas taken insulin shots fo years! It is bad enough to have been diagnosed with Dorset ! One show us how we can still enjoy ggoog southern god just a little healthier! Go girl,

By Barbara on March 18, 2012


DELICIOUS!! A friend of ours made these and gave them out at Christmas, along with your homemade hot chocolate. We couldn't wait to give them a try! I got a new stand mixer today so this was the first thing we made!! I cut back a little on the vanilla because I use the good stuff from Mexico and it is a bit strong. Thanks for an amazing recipe!

By Melinda & Courtney on April 08, 2011


This was my first batch that I've ever made. I had a blast! I did add extra vanilla. I took this batch camping to make s'mores and no one wanted the chocolate or graham crackers. They roasted very well and didn't flame up like store bought ones do. Already have requests for more on the next camping trip! Thanks, Paula.

By Kim Russo on March 07, 2011


I made a batch to roast over a campfire...This worked out very well. These marshmallows were a little more dense than store bought, so they roasted better...meaning that they didnt instantly go up in flames! I did add more vanilla about 1/2 tbsp more..Everyone enjoyed and were very surprised that marshmallows could be homemade!!! Oh, they were so well like that no one wanted the chocolate and graham crackers! Next time, I may "line" the bottom of pan with graham cracker crumbs then dip in chocolate.

By Kim Russo on March 07, 2011


This was my first experience with flavored marshmallows. I would cut back on the amount of peppermint extract next time by a lot. They were a little strong for my taste so I cut them in small pieces and dipped in chocolate. HIGHLY recommend dipping in chocolate! The chocolate really tamed the peppermint taste down. Will definitely make again!

By Mandy on December 12, 2010


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