This is the most delicious homemade marshmallow recipe. Once you see how incredibly easy it is to make, you will wonder why you waited so long to start making them.
They make great gifts for any occasion, but especially at Christmas time. I mean, who wouldn’t love to top off their hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow?
This Post is All About the Best Marshmallow Recipe.
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- 2 tbsp vegetable oil for brushing pan
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting pan
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 Cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- food coloring (optional)
- 1 cup water divided
- Oil (or spray with pam) a 9×9 baking pan and dust with powdered sugar
- Add 1/2 cup water and 2 gelatin packs to the bowl of a standing mixer. Blend on low for 30 seconds. Set aside for 15 minutes to allow it to bloom
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the corn syrup, salt, 1/2 cup water, and sugar. Only stir once to mix ingredients then do not stir again.
- Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil – let boil until mixture reaches 240° – do not stir.
- With the mixer on LOW speed, pour the hot mixture down the sides of the bowl into the bloomed gelatin. Careful not to pour onto the whisk so it doesn’t splatter hot syrup everywhere.
- Gradually increase the mixer speed to high and beat until the marshmallow has a very thick consistency.
- Once the mixture starts to thicken you can add the vanilla and optional food coloring
- When the side of your bowl is ALMOST cool you can pour your marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. You want to work quickly because once the marshmallow hardens, you won’t be able to smooth it anymore.
- Use wet hands when smoothing the mixture into the pan. The marshmallow will not stick to wet hands.
- Dust the top of the marshmallows with powdered sugar and let sit for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Carefully remove marshmallows from the pan – this may take some patience. Depending on how well you oiled the sides, you may need to take a knife and cut around the edge of the pan.
- Once the marshmallows are removed from the pan, dust a large chef’s knife with powdered sugar, and cut them into long strips, dusting your knife between cuts.
- Then cut each strip into individual marshmallows, continuing to dust your knife as needed.
Tips for Success for the Best Marshmallow Recipe
- Don’t use foil to line the pan. The oil will pool in areas and make a clump with the powdered sugar when dusted.
- You can use oil and dust straight onto your pan or line it with parchment paper and then oil and dust.
- There will be a bit of a funky smell after you pour the syrup into the gelatin mixture Don’t fret, it won’t last long.
How to Decorate Homemade Marshmallows?
It’s incredibly easy to decorate homemade marshmallows for every holiday or celebration. Follow the directions above. Once the marshmallows have been tossed in the powdered sugar mixture, I dab one side on a wet paper towel and then into a bowl of colorful sprinkles.
The sprinkles will automatically adhere to the marshmallow. Be careful not to get the marshmallow too wet because it can cause the color in the sprinkles to bleed.
Can you freeze marshmallows?
Yes! You can freeze marshmallows in a zip-top plastic bag.
The best marshmallow recipe is super easy and will consistently yield amazing marshmallows every time. Before you know it, you won’t even need the recipe. You’ll be making them from memory.