try this: homemade marshmallows

Halloween was last week and even though the treats are given to the adorable little kids who come to the door dressed as ladybugs or policemen {and also the teenagers dressed as themselves. don’tgetmestarted}, I wanted to make a sweet treat for us hard-working-candy-passer-outers. What? That’s a thing.

So I gave these homemade marshmallows, by The Barefoot Contessa, a try, and, um, YUM.


  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup. 

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. 

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. {If you’re a lucky duck, you have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and you can just walk away and do something else for those 15 minutes. If you’re me, you have a hand mixer, and you have to hand mix for 15 minutes. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad.}

With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners’ sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out. This is what it looks like so far:

Yummy and white and fluffy.

Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’ sugar. And then you have this:



1 Response to “try this: homemade marshmallows”

  1. 1 Ellen November 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hubby and I took turns passing out candy this year… we will accept our homemade marshmallows any time! Thanks so much for appreciating our hard work.

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