Store-bought marshmallows cannot compare to homemade marshmallows. This is the easiest recipe I have found that always creates perfect, delicious marshmallows!
Variations: Add 1 more teaspoon of vanilla to the recipe to make the marshmallows extra vanilla-y!
You can also add 1/2 cup cocoa to the mixture when you add in the vanilla. Add another 1/4 cup of cocoa powder into the powdered sugar mixture. I haven’t done this myself, but I’ve had friends who were successful with this.
You can also cover these marshmallows in chocolate or candy melts and decorate when finished!
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/4 teaspoon gelatin)
1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
Spray a 9 x 13 in pan with nonstick spray or brush with oil. Line with parchment paper.
Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cups water into a medium saucepan. Mix until the ingredients are combined. Bring to a boil, stirring as little as possible (only stir to keep the sugar from burning). Continue to heat the sugar mixture until it is 238˚F. This whole process should take about 10 minutes. If you do not have a candy thermometer (like me), bring the sugar mixture to a boil, and let it boil for a couple more minutes and it should work well.
While the sugar mixture is boiling, add gelatin and the remaining 1 cup of cold water into a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Slowly add the sugar syrup to the gelatin mixture and beat on low with an electric mixture. Gradually increase the speed until the mixture becomes white and holds stiff peaks. The mixer should be on high for more than 10 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and let sit, uncovered, until firm, which should take about 3 hours.
Using the powdered sugar mixture, dust a work surface until covered. Put the remaining powdered sugar mixture in a small bowl. Remove marshmallow from the pan and invert onto the work space. Remove the parchment paper, and dust both sides with the powdered sugar mixture to make it easier to work with.
Cut the marshmallow into any shape desired using a sharp knife. I usually make 1×1 cubes. Role the cut marshmallows in the bowl with the powdered sugar mixture until covered.