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Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Welcome to the September Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to make Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows.

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I must admit that making marshmallows from scratch had me nervous. Candy can be a bit tricky. I found this recipe to be incredibly easy, minus getting the marshmallow mixture into the pan. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but after letting them sit overnight and then tasting the next day, my entire family was sold on making these homemade. The marshmallow was amazing, so much better than what you can buy at the store. We cannot wait to try to chocolate coat these, as that is one of our favorite treats (we love See’s chocolate marshmallow pumpkins).  They were gone so fast I couldn’t believe it. I will be making another batch today! 

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Yield: 24 marshmallows
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Fantastic Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows - way better than store bought! Full of flavor soft and tender, and easy to make!


  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, for coating
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Spray 9-inch square baking dish with no stick cooking spray then coat with some of the confectioners’ sugar. Set aside.
  2. Microwave 1/2 cup of the water, granulated sugar and corn syrup in medium microwavable bowl (or 4 cup measuring cup for easy pouring) on HIGH 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes longer. (Mixture will have a slight yellow tint.) Carefully remove hot bowl from microwave.
  3. Meanwhile, place remaining 1/2 cup water in mixer bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes. Gradually beat in hot syrup mixture with whisk attachment on medium-low speed. Beat 8 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high. Beat 10 to 12 minutes longer or until mixture is fluffy, shiny and at least tripled in volume. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Spread marshmallow mixture in prepared pan. Smooth top with a spatula. Sift about 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar over top. Let stand at room temperature overnight or refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  5. Place remaining confectioners’ sugar in large bowl. Cut marshmallows into 1 1/2-inch squares. Add marshmallows in batches to confectioners’ sugar; toss to coat well. Shake off excess. Store marshmallows in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.


Recipe from McCormick

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 1g

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Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

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  1. Home made marshmallows?! That sounds wonderful! I love the idea of dipping them in chocolate, too. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


  2. I had no idea you could even make marshmallows from scratch. I’m sure they’re much tastier than anything you could possibly buy in a bag.

  3. You make it sound simple – dare I try?

    1. Definitely! I was so pleased with the result and it was easy. Trickiest part is getting the sticky stuff into the pan.

  4. I love this! I’m making them this weekend! Plus I bet they’ll be yummy in hot chocolate when it gets cold!

  5. We love marshmallows & i have pinned this before to, but wasn’t sure about making them. I’m so glad it’s easy. I also love chocolate covered marshmallows

  6. I thought making marshmallows would be hard but this recipe looks so easy, And yummy too.

  7. rawsonjl says:

    I have heard of making marshmallows at home but thought it must be pretty tough; you do make it sound simple. I think we just might have to try this. Pinned.

  8. I would NEVER in a million years think of making marshmallows at home…until now. They look amazing.

  9. LydiaF1963 says:

    One thing I love about this challenge is that we’re often pushed outside our comfort zone. Congratulations on making your own marshmallows. I’m also a bit hesitant to make candy but this recipe looks simple enough and I can find everything I need at the local stores.

  10. I’m earmarking this recipe to include in my polar bear hot chocolate party for winter. Look yummy!

  11. My kiddos love marshmallows. I bet these homemade marshmallows taste even better than the ones from the store.

  12. They must be so much better than store bought! I will definitely try these. Especially for recipes calling for marshmallows!

  13. Pinning to give this a try one day when my grandkids are old enough to eat marshmallows!

  14. Mindblown! I never even thought you could make marshmallows yourself. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  15. I’ve seen these on Pinterest and often wondered if they would be worth the extra effort to make instead of just buying a bag. Your rave review sure sounds like it is! Pinning.

  16. How funny! I used a McCormick pin for inspiration too! Homemade marshmallows are on my list to try. This definitely is motivating me to get to it!

  17. Ooo, I’ve never thought to try making my own marshmallows but I do love them and I bet they are so much better than the shop bought ones. I might have to try as they would be a lovely Christmas gift potentially.

  18. These must be so tasty, I had no idea this was possible, lol. SO good!!

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