How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

July 6, 2018

Homemade Marshmallows are made with gelatine and a simple syrup. They are fluffy, melt in your mouth little treats.

Marshmallows are sweet, spongy desserts. In Bolivia, we have something very similar, so these marshmallows bring a lot of childhood memories. It was sold at the bus terminal next to a bunch of other amazing treats. Sometimes my dad would get me one before our trip, but it was always hard to choose between a marshmallow and a cookie filled with marshmallow and covered in coconut.. mmm.. so delicious.

Marshmallows are so easy to make and easy to make them in different flavors. Just add different extracts or use fruit juice instead of water. A few years ago, while visiting my mom in Bolivia, we used passion fruit juice and they turned out amazing! Cover them in some chocolate or coconut, or add some sprinkles.

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

A lot of recipes use icing sugar to roll the marshmallows after you cut them. But because is so humid in Paraguay that doesn’t work. I’ve been adding some starch with the icing sugar and they last a little bit longer. Serve marshmallows as a dessert or add them to some hot chocolate, mmm… see how the marshmallow melts? Delicious!

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows:

square baking pan dusted with icing sugar

Before we start making marshmallows, measure all the ingredients. Prepare a baking pan; grease the bottom of an 8x8x2.25 in. pan and place a piece of parchment paper, grease that and the sides of the pan. Using a sieve, sprinkle some starch over the pan. You’ll be using a spatula too, grease it well. Greasing the spatula and the baking pan helps with the sticky marshmallow.

water and gelatine in a bowl

marshmallow liquid mixture

To a mixing bowl add the gelatin and 8 tablespoons of water. Let it bloom while you make a simple syrup. Then add the syrup and the extract to the gelatin and start beating.

beating marshmallos

After 5 minutes.

beating marshmallows after 10 minutes

After 10 minutes.

beating marshamllows after 15 minutes

After 15 minutes.

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows in a pan

Pour marshmallow into prepared pan and let sit for half an hour before cutting.

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows on a board before cutting

Homemade Marshmallows sliced

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

Cut marshmallow using a knife and roll them in a mix of icing sugar and starch.

What do you think? Do you find it easy? I hope you try this recipe. It makes a delicious treat for birthday parties.

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Note: I published this recipe on May 18, 2016, when I had only one blog. Now that I have one for English and one for Spanish, I am trying to separate my recipes with the right language.

I’m sharing this recipe at Fiesta Friday, hosted by Angie and her co-hosts this week are Antonia @ and Laurena @ Life Diet Health.

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How to Make Homemade Marshmallows
How to Make Homemade Marshmallows
Prep Time
20 mins
Resting Time
30 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Light and fluffy. A great dairy-free, gluten-free treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 103 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 8 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  1. To a mixing bowl add the gelatin and 8 tablespoons of water. Let it bloom while you make a simple syrup. For the syrup, mix sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small pan. Bring to boil and cook until sugar has dissolved. Add the vanilla extract.
  2. Add the syrup to the gelatin and start beating. It takes about 15 minutes. After the first 5 minutes, you´ll notice that it´s thicker and your machine is working a little bit harder. After 15 minutes turn it off and using the greased spatula spread the marshmallow into the prepared pan. Let it sit for half an hour before cutting.
  3. Lift onto a board. Sprinkle some icing sugar-starch mix over the marshmallow and start cutting. After each slice, sprinkle some icing sugar mixture over the knife to avoid stickiness. After cutting all the marshmallow, roll each square in the icing sugar mixture and store in an air-tight container.
Recipe Notes

It is very important to have all the ingredients measured before you start. Prepare the pan in which you are going to pour the marshmallow and grease a spatula.

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows
How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

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  1. Nice, Lizet! Making homemade marshmallows has been in my long list of things to make for a long time, and I even promised my daughter a couple of years ago. It’s time this Mom makes good on her promise! The passion fruit juice idea sounds amazing!

    1. I have a long list of recipes that I want to try. My boys have their own list too 😅 this recipe doesn’t take long. And yes, passion fruit is a delicious idea 😋

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