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Simple Homemade Marshmallows

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Homemade Marshmallows…they are pretty much a little bite of heaven! Nothing compares to the fluffy, soft, whipped pillow of sugar quite like a Homemade Marshmallow! 

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Homemade Marshmallows used to intimidate me, until I tried making them. I’ve made them a few times now, and each time has gotten easier. But none of the recipes that I have used have been as simple as the new recipe I recently found.

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This recipe truly is simple – only 4 ingredients; water, unflavored gelatin (like Knox), sugar and vanilla, that’s it! And yes – no eggs!

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Since it’s Rainbow Week, I thought it would be fun to color the marshmallows and make them festive for St. Patrick’s Day. There are endless options with these Homemade Marshmallows.

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After the gelatin and sugar are heated until dissolved and cooled slightly, you need about 15 minutes of whipping the mixture until stiff peaks form.

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This recipe makes a full 13×9 pan full, about 75 marshmallows. I decided we really didn’t need that many marshmallows, so we divided the glass pans into thirds using a piece of cardboard covered with parchment paper.

Depending on the amount you need, you could make 3 batches and divide them in half. Or if you have enough pans the same size, you can certainly use them.

For the 6 colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple – I divided the batter into about 2 1/2 cups for each color. Then added about 1/4 teaspoon of coloring to each, it does take quite a bit of coloring to get the vibrant colors. Be sure to use No Taste Red, or it will taste bitter.

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Simple Homemade Marshmallows

Simple Homemade Marshmallows

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An easy recipe for marshmallows with only 4 ingredients. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 2 teaspoons per packet)
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered Sugar for tossing, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan on the stove, add water and sprinkle gelatin over
  2. Let set 1 minute
  3. Add sugar and vanilla, stir to combine
  4. Heat mixture just until sugar is dissolved, about 3-4 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and let cool until you can almost hold your hand on the side of pan
  6. Transfer to stand mixer and beat on high speed for 15-20 minutes until stiff peaks form
  7. Transfer to 13x9 pan and chill at least 2 hours or overnight
  8. For colored marshmallows - divide batter and add coloring
  9. Pour into pan and spread evenly
  10. Cut into 1 inch squares. Toss in Powdered Sugar if desired.


Prep time includes beating time


Recipe adapted from Company’s Coming Gifts from the Kitchen Book

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  1. OMG these turned out AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

  2. I’ve always wanted to make marshmallows…I’ve heard they’re way better than (and entirely different from) the store-bought ones at the grocery. Gotta try this–thanks!

    1. So glad you like the marshmallows!

    1. I hope you give them a try Teresa! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. When we do these evening garden walks at Kew Gardens, they often have these gourmet marshmallows that you can buy and roast and they’re so yummy! A few of the flavours have a bit of alcohol in them, like peach champagne or blueberry gin! My favourite was a passion fruit and ginger.

  4. So colorful! when I first saw the pic, I thought they were blocks! lol
    I’m scared of trying to make these. divinity never turned out right for me.
    Here from Inspire Me Monday.

  5. Laraine Dodd says:

    This is the recipe we were given at school, I can’t see why you would ever put eggs in marshmallow. By the way, I am 68 years old.

    1. Hi Laraine, I’m not sure what recipe you are referencing. This recipe does not have eggs in it.

  6. Would i be able to use stevia as a substitute for the sugar? I would love to make a sugar free diabetes friendly version for my 4 year old

    1. Hi Kim, I have not tried the marshmallows that way, but you could certainly give it a try. Sometimes a recipe acts fine with a substitution and sometimes it doesn’t, it’s all trial and error.
      Happy Baking!

  7. Just made a batch and they are tasty!! I will definitely be making these again! Have you tried making chocolate marshmallows yet?

    1. Hi Celia, I have not tried homemade chocolate marshmallows yet, I definitely want to though.
      So glad you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi there,
    Just wondering what colouring you use? They are so very vibrant! Love it!

    1. Hi Jaime, I use Wilton gel paste. Glad you like the marshmallows!
      Happy Baking!

  9. Can you make there and then take them camping in a Ziploc? How long does a batch usually stay good for?


    1. Hi Jocelyn, Yes you can certainly make the marshmallows ahead and keep them in an airtight container or bag. I would keep them chilled though. They should last at least a week that way.

      1. Thank you!! These look so fun!

  10. Should numbers 8 & 9 come before number 7? Otherwise, I don’t get it.
    Thanks in advance for clarifying!

    1. Hi Dee, the instructions are for plain marshmallows through #7 and then colored on #8 and #9.

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