Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Better Than Store-Bought and Extra Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows…everything you love about the classic marshmallow, but now made easy in your own home! It’s just the sweet treat your week needs the most. These giant fluffy marshmallows requires just a mixer, simple pantry staple ingredients, and they take almost no effort to make! With just a little bit of time, you can have sticky sweet marshmallows, with a center so soft that it basically melts in your mouth and dissolves into a delicious vanilla flavor that makes you want to keep coming back for more. Enjoy these marshmallows as an alternative to your favorite store-bought brand, because the homemade versions really do taste so much better.

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About The Recipe

Like everyone else, marshmallows were a serious staple in my childhood. I would eat them straight out of the bag like some sort of kitchen-gremlin because I thought I was getting away with something. As I look back on it, I wasn’t very sneaky…

But, one day, my mom told me we were gonna make marshmallows. Like, actually make the soft, sticky sweet bites of joy that I enjoyed so much. Of course, I was so ready to help!

And by help, I mean follow her around the kitchen and get in the way.

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After the marshmallows had set that day, it really was love at first bite. Not only were they huge and super fluffy, but they actually tasted like vanilla. Not the artificial stuff.

From that moment on, we kept homemade marshmallows in the house! They actually keep just as well as the store-bought brands.

Oh, and you get total bragging points because you made them!

Not to mention, they are literally perfect for so many things. From classics to maybe some unexpected things. Whatever you need, these sweet vanilla marshmallows will be perfect!

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar
water, gelatin, corn syrup, sugar, salt, and vanilla on a marble counter

Instructions

Line a glass baking dish with tin foil, spray lightly with cooking spray, and dust lightly with powdered sugar. Set aside.

glass pan lined with tin foil and powdered sugar

In a stand mixer, combine 1/2 cup water and gelatin. Just let it stand. Don’t mix yet! Just let the gelatin and water combine.

In a small pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar melts. Stop stirring one the sugar melts and let it cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees. Take off the heat.

Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the syrup in. Increase the speed to high and beat for 15 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

Beat in the vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish from earlier and smooth out the top if needed. Dust the top with powdered sugar and let sit for four hour, or overnight.

Once the marshmallows are set, lift them from the baking dish and cut! Roll each marshmallow in powdered sugar if needed.

What To Do With Marshmallows

My favorite thing about marshmallows is that the possibilities are quite literally limitless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispy Treats
  • Muddy Buddies
  • S’mores
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Marshmallow Fondant
  • Sweet Potato Casserole

How To Store

The best way to keep these marshmallows in freezer safe bag and store in the freezer! They will keep SO much longer. You could also keep them in an airtight container/bag on the counter, but they will only last for about two weeks.

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Expert Tips

  • Check the dates on your gelatin and make sure it’s not expired!
  • Be sure your thermometer is accurate. You can check by boiling a pot of water.
  • Don’t skip lining, spraying, and dusting the baking dish! It makes it so much easier to get the marshmallows out.
  • You can cut them into large or small squares. You could also use biscuit/cookie cutters to cut them into shapes.
  • Keep your hands and knife clean when cutting the marshmallows!
  • Powdered sugar is the best thing to keep everything from sticking.

When you make these Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

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Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Traci
Soft, sweet, and perfect all year long! These Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows are truly the perfect treat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 12 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 20 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 large marshmallows
Calories 121 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Spray an 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray and dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup water.
  • In a saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar melts.
  • Stop stirring and let cook without disturbing until syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. (You can brush down the side a couple of times with a pastry brush dipped in warm water.)
  • Remove from heat.
  • Turn mixer on low and pour syrup slowly into mixing bowl with gelatin mixture.
  • Increase speed to high and beat until thickened - about 15 minutes.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Pour out into prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth out. Dust the top with powdered sugar and let sit overnight.
  • Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar and turn out marshmallows.
  • Cut into desired shapes.

Notes

  • Check the dates on your gelatin and make sure it's not expired!
  • Be sure your thermometer is accurate. You can check by boiling a pot of water.
  • Don't skip lining, spraying, and dusting the baking dish! It makes it so much easier to get the marshmallows out.
  • You can cut them into large or small squares. You could also use biscuit/cookie cutters to cut them into shapes.
  • Keep your hands and knife clean when cutting the marshmallows!
  • Powdered sugar is the best thing to keep everything from sticking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1large marshmallowCalories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gSodium: 38mgSugar: 28g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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