Have you ever made homemade marshmallows? I have to confess that I was terrified to make them thinking they were so hard and required special skills and more time than I was willing to invest. These easy homemade marshmallows will prove that making your own marshmallows is easy and anyone can do it.
Many of the recipes that I read through made it seem quite time consuming and difficult because they just kept talking about all of the things that could go wrong or be careful of this or that. I am here to tell you to not be afraid because they are easy and fool proof!
If you can mix sugar and water and use a hand mixer or stand mixer then you are all set.
About the Ingredients in these homemade marshmallows:
This recipe is for regular marshmallows with a hint of vanilla. You can customize this recipe to make any flavor marshmallow you would like (cocoa, cinnamon, etc,), the possibilities are endless.
I have also used honey in this recipe to go along with the sugar instead of corn syrup. The traditional way to make marshmallows is to use corn syrup and that is totally fine if you want to go that route.
If you decide to do that, just use the same quantities of corn syrup that is listed for honey in this recipe. If you do decide to use honey, the flavor of honey will not be too strong, just a light hint of it.
Another component in these marshmallows is gelatin. This is unflavored gelatin that you can buy at any store. Gelatin is a great item to have on hand for so many things.
I love making panna cotta with it. That is a really easy dessert to make for your friends and family and much like this recipe, no fancy skills required.
Homemade marshmallows are a little extra work compared to store bought but you can be certain there are no preservatives or artificial ingredients, it is much creamier and when cut up into beautiful squares or shapes, it looks so much better that those big puffs you get in a bag.
Crazy Easy Homemade Marshmallows
- hand mixer or stand mixer
- 1/2 cup ice water for gelatin
- 1/4 cup water for saucepan
- 3 gelatin packets or 3 tablespoons of gelatin
- 3/4 cup honey or corn syrup
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- cooking spray for pan
- Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap making sure it comes up a little from the edge so you can lift it out of the pan later
- Now spray your lined pan with non stick cooking spray
- In a large bowl, add the 1/2 cup of water and your gelatin and vanilla. Mix lightly and let sit.
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the 1/4 cup of water, salt, sugar and honey
- let this come to a boil, mixing lightly occasionally
- once it comes to a boil, let it boil for 1-2 minutes
- After this, remove it from the heat
- Bring your gelatin bowl over to your stand mixer or to a hand mixer and now pour your warm sugar mixture into the bowl of gelatin and mix on high speed for 10 minutes
- The color of your sugar will change to a glossy white eventually
- After 10 minutes, your mixture should be ready.
- Pour your mixture into your prepared pan quickly so it doesn't stiffen on you
- You may not get everything; some will stay stuck to the sides
- Smooth out the top of your marshmallow mixture in the pan (you may need to grease the back of a spoon to do this)
- Dust the top of your marshmallows with 1/2 of your powdered sugar and cover and let sit for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight
- reserve the remaining powdered sugar for later when you release the marshmallows from the pan
- Once the marshmallows are set (after resting 6 or more hours) you can lift them out of the pan by grabbing the sides of your plastic wrap or aluminum foil and gently pull the sides of the wrap down and away from the marshmallows
- At this point, you can begin to cut your marshmallows into any shape you like.
- Once you cut them, roll them lightly in the reserved powdered sugar from the day before and shake off any excess and place on a plate
- Use right away or marshmallows can be stored up to 4 days in an air tight container