Homemade Marshmallows

Every Christmas my grandmother, Marjorie Mayes, made an assortment of treats for the family. One of those was homemade marshmallows. She made two flavors, vanilla and mint. The vanilla ones were always pink, and the mint were green. They are so good.  Another bonus they have is that they aren’t made with corn syrup like store-bought ones are. (My son is allergic to corn).  This recipe is very easy to make and is an easy one to have little helpers for.


 Homemade Marshmallows


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatine
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 c. water
  • red or green food coloring
  • vanilla or mint flavoring
  • powdered sugar


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, gelatine, and salt. Stir in water.
  2. Heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  4. Pour into mixing bowl. Add food coloring (pink or green)
  5. Let cool 5 minutes
  6. Add vanilla or mint flavoring to taste.
  7. Beat on high speed of electric mixer about 10 minutes or until mixture resembles thick marshmallow cream.
  8. Pour into buttered  13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
  9. Cool.
  10. Turn out on cutting board with powdered sugar on it.
  11. Cut into squares and roll in powdered sugar.

Helpful hints:

  • You may cut them with kitchen shears dipped in hot water or with a large kitchen knife using a sawing motion.
  • Store in an air tight container
  • When beating the mixture, I would recommend starting the mixer out slower and as it cools and thickens turning it up until reaching high.  If not you run the risk of splattering hot liquid everywhere. (I found this out first hand.)

2 responses

  1. This seems so easy! What a fun holiday treat!

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