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Vanilla Bean Marshmallows · GF (100+ marshmallows)

1.5 ounces gelatin
8 ounces cold water (or coffee, mmmmm, coffee marshmallows…)
11 ounces corn syrup, honey, or maple syrup
8 ounces water
28 ounces sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and pod reserved for another use

ample powdered sugar for dusting (1 cup or more)

Unless you have a supercharged motor on your hand mixer, I don’t think it will survive this recipe. Use a stand mixer if at all possible.

Have a lightly greased 9”x13” pan at the ready.

So. Combine the gelatin and water together in the bottom of a stand mixer bowl. Set aside.

In a medium sized heavy bottomed pot, combine the syrup, water, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean scrapings. Set over medium heat and stir gently, taking care to not splash liquid (and thus sugar crystals) up the sides of the bowl. Once the mixture starts to simmer, stop stirring and put a lid on it for 5 minutes, letting it go to town (this lets some steam build up in the pot to “steam off” any sugar crystals stuck on the sides of the pot.).

Warning: if you use honey, the smell will be awful. Barnyard and hay and all kinds of musty awful. The end result will taste awesome, but getting there will fill you with doubt. Hold the course. It’ll get better.

After 5 minutes, remove the lid and stick in a candy thermometer.

Keep cooking, undisturbed, until the mixture reaches 240°. Then shut off the heat and let it stand until it cools to 210°. This is important.

Once the mixture has cooled to 210°, and taking a goodly amount of caution as this mixture is super hot, pour all of it into the mixing bowl with the awaiting gelatin. Fit the bowl with the whisk attachment and crank it up to medium-high speed.

You are gonna let this thing whip it, whip it good until the mixture has really increased in volume, doubled? tripled? It will nearly exceed the bowl at any rate.

Once you’ve shut off the mixer, move quickly. There’s no delicate way to put this: it’s gonna be a sticky mess. But that’s half the fun, so don’t stress it. Set the whisk attachement aside (or give it to a small child if you really want to see what a mess looks like) and scrape the marshmallow goo into the prepared pan.

Get your fingers a little damp and pat down the mixture. Lift up and smack the pan a few times against the counter to dislodge any air bubbles and help it level out more. The goal is for more or less even.

Dust the top of the giant marshmallow with some powdered sugar, cover in plastic and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Rejoice! You’ve done all the hard work, now for the best part!!!

Get a cutting board ready by dusting it with powdered sugar. Take your pan of chilled marshmallows and literally reach your fingers between the ‘mallow and the pan, and pull that guy right outta there.

You’re now holding one giant marshmallow pillow. OMG, right?

Dust the exposed bottom of the ‘mallow with some more powdered sugar. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have to resist the urge to sleep on it. It feels like a Tempurpedic pillow. It is soft and ever so squishy and silky smooth. Have I mentioned this is my favorite???

Use a hot knife to cut the marshmallows into about 13, 1” strips. You’ll have to stop periodically and clean your knife. Once the strips are cut, roll them about in some powdered sugar so none of the sides are sticky.

Now use the knife to cut each strip at 1” increments. Of course, the marshmallows are probably close to 2” tall, so they won’t be perfect cubes, but rather rectangles.

Toss these cut pieces in more powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking.

So store these guys in an airtight container or a big zippy bag. They’re essentially nothing but sugar, so they have a terrific shelf life. Weeks. Months even, if you refrigerate them. A year in the freezer.


Fresh Berry Marshmallows

Make a double batch of strawberry or blueberry reduction. Use the reduction to replace all of the water and the corn syrup in the recipe. It’s a simple 1-to-1 substitution. Decrease the sugar by 8 ounces and increase the salt to 3/4 tsp to account for the extra sugar the reduction contributes.

During the final whipping stage, right before you call it quits, taste the marshmallow fluffy. If you’d like more berry flavor, drizzle in up to 5 more ounces of reduction. Whip until fully incorporated, and proceed as usual.

Pink Peppermint Marshmallows

Follow the basic recipe exactly and just before you finish mixing add in 1/4 tsp peppermint oil. Let the mixture whip a few seconds, then taste the marshmallow fluff to see if it is suitably minty for your tastes. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away, so keep adding in 1/4 tsp increments until you’re happy with the flavor.

Add in a few drops of red food coloring or gel paste. For a marbled effect, fold the mixture with a spatula before transferring the marshmallow goo into the pan. For a uniformly pink color, whip on the mixer a few extra seconds and then transfer to the prepared pan.

Cut into heart shapes, if you like. I did.

Brown Butter and Sage Marshmallows

Brown Butter Sage Marshmallows make the ultimate topping for Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole. I have previously raved on the topic, so I will refrain from doing so again.

Even though it’s essentially just a variation of this basic recipe, I’ve decided to dedicate a whole page to the topic. These marshmallows deserve it. Click here for the recipe.

Smoked Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

To make City Slicker Campfire S'mores you start with vanilla bean marshmallows and add smoke.

I’ve done this two ways, by a) actually soaking a vanilla bean in water and letting it smoke out on the grill and b) using liquid smoke.

Liquid smoke is by far the easier, more elegant solution for the home baker. I mean, if you have a grill on which to smoke the vanilla beans, you have a place to toast said marshmallows and thus obviate the need to imbue the marshmallows with smoke.

The key to using liquid smoke lies in psychotic restraint. A drop or two, a 1/4 tsp at the absolute most, will give a batch of marshmallows a really lovely, gentle smokey vibe. But the line between “Aww, it’s like a campfire!” and “$%*&, it’s like a campfire!” is very thin.

Also, you must be sure not to buy the “Mesquite” type of liquid smoke, lest you end up with BBQ flavored marshmallows.

So, follow the recipe above, and when you’ve finished mixing, turn the speed down to low and add in the liquid smoke, a little at a time and tasting along the way, until it’s as smokey as you enjoy. Be sure to let it mix thoroughly after each addition for even distribution.

Carry on with panning the marshmallows as described above.

If anyone is interested in actually smoking their vanilla beans, leave a comment and I’ll elaborate.


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Any questions?

Nov 05, 2010 ·  7:34 AM

So, could you elaborate on smoking the vanilla beans? It doesn’t seem to be a very widely spread habit and I am looking for some general instructions before killing my beautiful beans..

 · The Duck · 

Nov 05, 2010 ·  3:11 PM

Awesome, what are you planning?

If your beans are especially moist and wonderful, your job is all the easier; just soak them in water for an hour. For super dry beans, you’ll need to soak them overnight in water. I take the beans, split them, but not all the way, so that they’re still intact as one piece. I just want the smoke to penetrate inside.

I don’t have good instructions on setting up the grill itself, my husband always does that part. When he’s done grilling whatever, and the heat has died down, but it’s still putting off lots of smoke, and quite warm, I put a cookie rack on the grill (to keep the v beans from falling in) and then set the beans on it, away from the heat source.

Then I spritz them with water from a spray bottle, and pop the lid on the grill. Every few minutes or so, I take off the lid, and spray them down with water. This keeps them from getting dried out. I’ve found 12 minutes imparts a sufficiently smokey flavor into the bean.

After, I soak the beans in whatever liquid I’m using for my recipe- in this case the water for the marshmallows (which is also the water I pre-soak them in at the beginning). Then, I scrape all the seeds out after the beans have softened back up.

I definitely have not perfected this technique, but just sort of discovered it playing around with the dying grill fire and smoke.

Let me know what you end up making!


Nov 06, 2010 ·  4:57 PM

Hmmmm that sounds fairly easy, once I figure out how to replace the grill…
Thank you!

I will be making ice cream. Then, if it ends up nice and not too much trouble, vanilla extract and other flavor experiments.
Maybe even smoking other spices.

 · The Duck · 

Nov 06, 2010 ·  6:09 PM

Sounds awesome! If it does turn out to be too much trouble, the liquid smoke does an incredible job, when used judiciously. Though it does feel like cheating…


Nov 07, 2010 ·  8:04 AM

No risk of me cheating, I have nowhere to get liquid smoke in my area and I do try to limit my internet purchasing.
Also, I’m more interested in the beans themselves being smoked rather than just having a smoky effect.

 · The Duck · 

Nov 27, 2010 ·  3:49 AM

Stella, I have a question about the savory marshmallows. Do you still use powdered sugar to coat the outsides once you cut them? Could I use cornstarch instead?

 · The Salty Girl ·

Nov 27, 2010 · 10:48 AM

Salty Girl, I just used powdered sugar. There’s so much sugar in the recipe already, that a little extra powdered sugar to coat doesn’t do much one way or the other. They have enough of a sweet/savory flavor that it works, but if you’re really wanting to amp up the savory quality, corn starch would be totally fine!


May 23, 2011 ·  9:28 PM


These sound fabulous! I’m camping this weekend and might make these before I leave! One question though…I’ve made marshmallows quite a few times but I always seem to have the problem that they won’t stay fluffy – they get sticky no matter how much corn starch/powdered sugar I use. Any suggestions would be fantastic!

 · Rebecca ·

May 23, 2011 ·  9:37 PM

Rebecca, without knowing your recipe, it’s hard to say, but my first guess would be that perhaps your candy thermometer isn’t calibrated correctly. If the mixture isn’t cooked to the proper temperature, the marshmallows won’t set up correctly. You can find out by putting your thermometer into a pot of vigorously boiling water and making sure it registers 212° F. Also, if you’re using a mercury based thermometer, make sure to crouch down to check the temperature at eye level, otherwise you can misread the temp.

Lastly, make sure the hot sugar mixture cools to 210° before adding it to the gelatin, this damages the strength of the gelatin and creates a poor set. Hope one of those tidbits helps! Happy camping!


May 24, 2011 · 12:25 AM

Ah! Stella, the temperature must be the issue. The latest recipe I used was this one ( and it says to cook it to 240, then remove from heat, then add the gelatin. Thank you!

 · Rebecca ·

May 24, 2011 · 10:39 AM

Awesome! So glad to have found the problem. Your marshmallows should turn out splendidly now. Yay!


Oct 27, 2011 ·  4:10 PM

The recipe states that you can use maple syrup in place of the corn syrup. However, the sugar content of maple syrups varies widely. Which should we use, the commercial kind or is a natural New England syrup preferred?

I know which I prefer in my oatmeal!!

 · SharpHouse · 

Oct 28, 2011 ·  2:55 AM

@SharpHouse, in spite of the wide sugar variation, I’ve used super dark grades at work and the more generic types you buy at the grocery and both work well in terms of texture. Of course for maximum flavor, the darker the better. Taste the mixture before it’s finished whipping and you can adjust the salt, if need be.


Nov 14, 2011 · 12:19 PM

Hi, I am going to try and make the sage and brown butter marshmellows for thanksgiving. When i make these from the orginal recipie do i still use the vanilla bean?

 · yramirez · 

Nov 14, 2011 ·  4:55 PM

@yramirez, I love the vanilla flavor in with the sweet potatoes, but feel free to leave it out if you’d like a less “dessert-y” flavor profile. Cheers!


Nov 27, 2011 ·  9:00 PM

Stella- I tried a batch of these for Thanksgiving but used maple syrup and sifted maple sugar. The syrup has a lower boiling point than honey and corn syrup, and I couldn’t get the mix to reach 240 without risking scorching. The resulting marshmallows are behaving normally, except they are emitting an almost maple-syrup-like fluid as they age. Apart from dusting them with cornstarch daily, do you have any hints that could be implemented during the cooking process to keep this from happening? More gelatin, longer cooking time, etc.?

Much love and thanks for the inspiration!!


 · amanda · 

Nov 27, 2011 · 10:43 PM

@Amanda, I am not certain there’s anything you can do when the sugar hasn’t cooked long enough to reach somewhere between the soft and firm ball stages. I assume it has to do with there being excess unbound liquid and the sugar lacking the structure to hold in place. I’m curious about the scorching though. Using maple syrup should take l longer, but it should still be able to reach 240 without anything burning. It may emit some funky smells (as honey does) as certain compounds are cooked off, but it shouldn’t scorch. Did you use a heavy bottomed pot?

As far as how to salvage the ones you have, I’d store ‘em in a tupperware and roll will it. Let them leak as much as they like and, just prior to serving, coat ‘em in powdered sugar/cornstarch ala minute. They’ll just keep soaking through time and again, if you do it earlier, and then you’ll start to develop some funky build up.

I’ll make a batch of maple mallows tomorrow at work (I haven’t made any in a while myself) and see how they turn out or if I note any particular things to take notice of during the process.


Dec 01, 2011 · 10:13 AM


 · amanda · 

Feb 05, 2012 ·  8:36 PM

This is a little late, sorry….

Hi there! Do you think one could crumble the gram cracker and role the cut-and-still-sticky marshmallow-y goodness around in the gram crumb before drizzling chocolate on top? I love the idea of these and I’d love to send to some foreign friends who’ve never had s’more-deliciousness. I’d like to make it an easily ship-able item and was thinking this could be a good way to get all the flavors in a one-stop marshmallow.

Whadda you think?

 · c8h10n4o2junkie · 

Feb 05, 2012 ·  8:43 PM

@c8h10n4o2junkie, that sounds like a fabulous idea, I love it! You know, instead of drizzling the graham-coated marshmallows in chocolate, you might even stir chopped up chocolate bars or chocolate chips into the marshmallow mix before pouring it into the pan for a truly “all-in-one.” I love your idea, you’ll have to snap a quick pic on your phone to show me how they turn out!


Feb 27, 2012 ·  7:33 AM

I have been making lemon and lavender marshmallows and want to make smoked ones. However, everything I do is in metric and leaf gelatin so it is a bit more of a challenge to convert. I dont cover the sugar pot by the way but I do use a copper pot. The real key, as with, Italian meringue, is to make certain the sugar syrup hit neither the beater nor your hands, or it is a disaster and a messy clean up for naught.

 · Heide · http://wildflourand

Feb 27, 2012 · 10:08 PM

@Heide, hot sugar and beaters definitely don’t mix! That’s what I like about this recipe, everything is poured in all at once, so no risk of beaters-in-motion. I use leaf gelatin too.


Mar 12, 2012 ·  7:52 PM

Hi Stella, I have a question about using your strawberry reduction (which is wonderful, by the way) to make strawberry marshmallows. I’ve had difficulties cooking the sugar-strawberry mixture to the proper temperature without the fruit burning on the bottom of the pan, or at the very least turning a rather ugly shade of brown by the time its hot enough. I’ve tried it with your puree and with a super-basic one I made up myself, and had the same problem both times no matter how much I stir the syrup to keep the fruit solids from settling on the bottom. Any tips on avoiding burnage?

 · Erica · 

Mar 13, 2012 ·  8:42 PM

@Erica, sorry to hear that you’ve having trouble with it! My first thought is that the pot you’re cooking in isn’t heavy enough. Do you have one with a solid, heavy bottom? Next, it may be that the heat is too high, which scorches the mixture as it cooks too fast. Does any of that jive with your experience?

When I make the strawberry marshmallows, they do take on a barely burned sort of smell (the unique smell of fruit sugars caramelizing), but no funky color and no scorched bits on the bottom of the pan. By the time the sugar mixture is added to the berry-gelatin mixture, none of the off-smell remains; they whip up into super-fruity mallows with a pretty pink color. Let me know what you think; I hope we can get to the bottom of your trouble!


Mar 14, 2012 ·  2:59 PM

Hey! Love the recipe ideas! I also use leaf gelatine, I am curious about what strength gelatine you are using. i’m currently using bronze, unsure if its just weight difference or if its actually a strength thing…thoughts?

 · StUbB135 · 

Mar 14, 2012 ·  7:17 PM

@StUbB135, oh goodness. I hadn’t even thought of that. I’ll double check at work tomorrow, but I’m 99% sure I’m using silver. So confusing!


May 09, 2012 ·  9:40 AM

Hi Stella,
This is a wonderful post! I just had a quick question as I’ve never tried any kind of marshmallow before. Is a 3 qt saucepan large enough for making the basic vanilla bean marshmallows on the stovetop? I wouldn’t want that stuff to come out the pan

 · Mel ·

May 09, 2012 · 10:10 AM

@Mel, you know, I’ll have to go back and edit the recipe. I am not sure why I felt the need to say “largeish” when a medium pot would work well too. A 3qt pot would work perfectly. The pan doesn’t really need to be large at all. The mixture doesn’t bubble up very much, it doesn’t get big and fluffy until it’s whipped. Good luck!


Sep 26, 2012 ·  1:11 PM

Hi Stella, I have made this recipe and LOVE it. We use it to make homemade smores (with homemade graham crackers of course) or jazz up some hot chocolate, but I have a friend who is vegan. Would substituting vegan gelatin “kill” the recipe. I didn’t know if the heat would mess it up or if it would act significantly different. I bake other things vegan but have never used vegan gelatin. The vegan marshmallow recipes I have looked at seem much more complicated than your recipe. Plus I am comfortable with this one Any advice would be appreciated!

 · Becky · 

Sep 26, 2012 ·  7:35 PM

Hi Becky! I’m actually about to start veganizing this recipe (in preparation for my forthcoming book… , and while I haven’t done it yet, I thought I’d just tell you where I’m going to start.

Make the marshmallow syrup as instructed and while it’s cooking, combine 1/3 ounce agar with 8 ounces of water in a small pot and let it stand for about 10 minutes. While the sugar syrup is cooling from 240 down to 210, bring the agar/water mixture to a simmer. Check the package for specific instructions; I think it’s only 5 minutes for granulated, but longer for flakes. When the syrup has cooled to 210, combine it with the agar/water mixture in a bowl and whip as usual. When I’ve made agar-product before, I’ve noticed they set very fast so once the mallow whips, you’ll need to transfer it to the pan pretty quickly.

Like I said, I haven’t tried this out myself, but this is my game plan for when I do test drive it! I’m actually planning to make this on Monday, so depending on your rush you could wait and see how it turns out for me.


Oct 01, 2012 ·  2:38 PM

hi Stella, i love love love these marshmallows and would like to try making some chocolate ones next. would stirring in chopped chocolate be the best way to go about doing that or would cocoa powder be better? there seems to be equal numbers of recipes recommending both techniques but all of the reviews are mixed…and i know these turn out so very well without my meddling. thank you!

 · megan · 

Oct 01, 2012 ·  5:28 PM

Hi Megan! You can whip in melted chocolate during the final stage of mixing (use as dark a percentage as you can find since there is so much sugar in the mix already), but how much is probably a matter of personal preference. Try starting at 8 ounces and adding more if you think it needs it the next time. Use cocoa powder for dusting the marshmallows to give it an extra hit of chocolate! Chocolate marshmallows often turn out a little denser than vanilla, so be prepared for a slight change in texture. Hope that helps!


Oct 03, 2012 ·  5:07 PM

Hi Stella, Did you try to agar agar marshmallows yet? I thinking about trying them this weekend, and was curious about how your batch came out! Thanks.

 · Becky · 

Oct 04, 2012 · 10:00 AM

Hi Becky! Ahhhhh!! No, I haven’t gotten to them. We had a little debacle over the weekend and I’ve been playing catch up, haven’t had a chance to actually play. Not to seem filled with empty promises, but I really will be making them next week hell or high water. I’ve got to find out!!


Oct 30, 2012 ·  5:00 PM

Stella, do you have any thoughts on marshmallow recipes that use egg whites? It seems to be a bit of a divisive issue in the marshmallow recipe world, but no one seems to say why or why not using egg whites would be superior or inferior, I noticed your recipes don’t make use of them, do they alter the texture? taste? Any ideas? Thanks!

 · Marissa · 

Oct 31, 2012 ·  9:49 AM

Hi Marissa! In culinary school we learned to make marshmallows with a meringue folded in, which supposedly makes them more light and thus tender. I left the meringue out for a batch for a friend with an egg allergy some 8 years ago and was shocked to find the difference between the two batches was negligible. I think making a meringue is a decent amount of added work, but the results are totally imperceptible in a side by side comparison.

Adding meringue shortens the shelf life of the marshmallow, adds an allergen and otherwise just complicates the recipe, so I said to heck with it. I scaled the gelatin down a bit, from the strength it was with the meringue, since it no longer has to bind the moisture released from the whites.

The oldest known American marshmallow recipes don’t contain any egg whites, so there’s not any historical reason to use ‘em either. I think that’s just how some people were taught and then they’ve never tried anything else.


Nov 04, 2012 ·  1:00 AM

I just made my first batch of marshmallows today. What sticky fun! Only hitch was they stuck to the pan pretty badly, so i had to really coax the ‘pillow’ out. One side of the mallows are pretty bumpy as a result. No biggie, but maybe I need more grease next time? I used coconut oil. Think veg shortening would be better?

I also made some homemade grahams to make City Slicker S’mores and I don’t think my friends have ever been more impressed. Your suggestion melting the dark chocolate on the grahams ahead of time was an awesome tip! Perfect choco/mallow ratio. We had fun toasting the mallows on chopsticks over tea candles. It was a perfect activity to pair with watching a scary movie.

Thanks as always!

 · Katie · 

Nov 04, 2012 · 10:57 AM

Hi Katie! Hmmm, I’m gonna blame the coconut oil. Coconut is a solid at room temperature, and rock hard when cold, so I’m going to guess it had the opposite effect of “greasing” the pan and solidified in the fridge, binding itself to the marshmallows and pan. Next time just use a liquid oil or pan spray and you should be fine. Butter causes a little of the same problem because it too is solid when cold. So happy you liked the dark chocolate version (and grahams), yay!


Nov 07, 2012 ·  9:28 AM

To finally answer Becky’s question about agar from a while back, so far I have not successfully veganized this recipe. It keeps turning into a pile of goo.


Dec 03, 2012 · 10:40 PM

hi stella! i just made these, and we’ll see how they fared when I cut them tomorrow they looked good in the pan!
A (maybe?) helpful note for reference/other readers: my hand mixer (cuisinart 5 speed) survived and did okay !
thanks for the recipe!

 · megan ·

Dec 04, 2012 · 12:57 PM

oh! also! i was wondering…could you tell me why you don’t use egg whites in this recipe (like david lebovitz’s recipe, for instance)? What role do/did the egg whites play? did you modify something to account for no egg whites? thanks!

 · megan ·

Dec 05, 2012 ·  9:43 AM

Hi Megan! Yaaaay! I’m so happy your handmixer survived, that’s awesome.

As far as egg whites go, I don’t like to use them because for all the extra work is is to make a meringue and fold it in, the result is not all that much fluffier or more tender. The meringue dramatically shortens the shelf life of the marshmallows, too, which is a real bummer. I like simplifying whenever i can, and losing the meringue seemed to fit that philosophy. By using a little less gelatin, the marshmallows wind up just as tender.


Dec 09, 2012 ·  9:06 PM

oooh. that makes sense. thanks for the clarification! yes, and i definitely like that the shelf life of these is sooo long! I made your hot cocoa mix and put some of these said marshmallows in a bag..for a christmas gift exchange! will be moving onto graham crackers next (smores) thanks again for your recipes!

 · megan ·

Dec 11, 2012 ·  6:21 PM

Hi Megan! Oh yeah! Someone at your Christmas exchange is gonna be sooo happy. Hope you wind up with something good too.


Feb 13, 2013 ·  6:02 PM

Stella, Many thanks for guiding me through marshmallow 101. Hope you like the results – PS – So far, tasting the scraps I don’t taste much of the espresso (used 1 tablespoon of powder) – would you have used more?

 · MotherWouldKnow ·

Feb 13, 2013 · 10:40 PM

Hi Laura! I’d start out replacing all of the water in the recipe with coffee (iced down for the gelatin) so at least all the liquid is working for you. Espresso powders can differ dramatically from brand to brand, but I check the package to see how much powder is used per servings (ie, finished cup of coffee) and then figuring out how many “servings” are in the recipe (ie, dividing the total weight by however many ounces are in the “serving” .

That’ll give you at least a minimum amount to start with, since of course it will be greatly tamed by the sugar involved. You can also try flavoring the powdered sugar by grinding it in a food processor with some of the espresso powder, so the flavor comes through from the very first bite. Hope that helps!


Mar 31, 2013 ·  4:40 AM

I made a batch of these with the raspberry reduction, and just want to check that I did this right – the syrup gets made with the reduction rather than water?? I found it made it a little “jammy” in flavour, even though I used much less to make the syrup, and added a bit of extra reduction (ok, that was kind of by accident, as I added gelatine to the full quantity of reduction to begin with, then just used what was left to make the syrup).
I also found that they got a bit sticky over the course of the day. Other recipes I’ve tried have talked about beating until the mixing bowl is completely cool – but I’m worried about frying my KitchenAid motor, so I just let it whip right up and the bulk of the batter come away from the side of the bowl – do you think this is my mistake?
Out of interest, I used another chef’s coating recipe to make raspberry sherbert marshmallows (ratio of 4 parts icing sugar: 3 parts cornflour: 2 parts citric acid. The idea sounded fun, but my entire family killed off their tastebuds today – wayyy too much citric acid!)
Thanks so much!!

 · araikwao · 

Apr 01, 2013 ·  9:34 AM

Hi araikwao! That’s right, the reduction replaces all of the water, as well as all of the corn syrup. So just to be clear, you did also omit the corn syrup and reduce the sugar? And how much reduction, total, did you use? If I’m understanding you correctly, it seems you didn’t use the full amount of reduction to make the syrup, but instead put in more with the gelatin? This might be where a problem with stickiness came in, as during the cooking, the reduction is even further reduced (lowering the overall moisture content of the marshmallows).

I don’t think the whipping is the problem, though. Once the marshmallows achieve their full volume, the mission is accomplished. But, if you stopped mixing before the achieved full volume, you could run into problems (marshmallows that are too dense, etc).


Apr 02, 2013 ·  6:18 AM

Thanks for your reply! Yes, I did omit the corn syrup and reduce the sugar. I measured the total amount of reduction needed and added the gelatin to that (oops) before going back to the original recipe and realising it was supposed to be divided. So I had ??a couple oz of reduction left over that I made the syrup with. I noted that you could add quite a bit of extra reduction during whipping so thought my mistake wouldn’t lead to an excessive amount of liquid. I could, of course, be completely wrong! Thanks so much for the advice.

 · araikwao · 

Apr 02, 2013 ·  8:52 AM

Hi araikwao! I think what’s happening here is that because it was paired with the gelatin and uncooked, reduction simply didn’t have a chance to reduce further, and the sugars within it didn’t have a chance to cook to the soft-ball stage, which would effect the texture (and perhaps cause excessive dampness).


Apr 08, 2013 ·  9:28 PM

Thank you so much!!

 · araikwao · 

Apr 08, 2013 · 10:48 PM

No sweat!


Apr 19, 2013 · 12:53 PM

Hi stella, did you determine the strength of your gelatin yet for this recipe? Would love to know, thanks!

 · precariousdancer · 

Apr 19, 2013 ·  7:02 PM

Hi precariousdancer! Ahh, apologies for the delayed response, it’s 250 bloom.


Apr 23, 2013 ·  3:03 PM

Hi Stella. I would love to make lavender and honey marshmallows and was going to replace the corn syrup with the honey as per your suggestion. But to flavour it with lavender, would you suggest dried flowers (I have some culinary lavender at hand) or a natural extract? And if I use flowers, should I pulverize them first? I don’t want people gagging on dried flower bits. Thanks!

 · Stef · 

Apr 23, 2013 ·  9:12 PM

Hi Stef! I’ve never actually used lavender essence, only dried buds. I’d take a few tablespoons and grind them with the sugar in a food processor, then sift. Discard whatever bits don’t go through the sieve, and that will protect you from the soapy taste. Then make the recipe as written, using your newly formed lavender sugar.


Apr 28, 2013 ·  8:11 PM

I mixed 1 tbsp of lavender flowers per cup of sugar in an airtight container. I’ll let it sit a week before I grind it together. I’m a bit worried that the lavender bits in the sugar might cause the sugar to crystallize when the syrup is boiling. Do you think this could happen? I will let you know how the marshmallows turn out

 · Stef · 

Apr 30, 2013 ·  9:34 AM

Hi Stef! I don’t think the lavender will cause any trouble with crystallization, but they will probably release a good deal more flavor as they’re cooked in the hot syrup, and it may get to that soapy lavender stage. I’d try sifting the buds out and using the infused sugar all on its own. Or, pulse the sugar/lavender in a food processor for a second to release a bit more flavor, then sift out the buds so it doesn’t get out of hand as they cook.


May 07, 2013 ·  4:47 PM

Hi Stella. Best marshmallows ever! Easiest recipe I’ve ever done too. Next time I’ll just sift out the lavender buds instead of grinding the sugar and buds together. The buds kept making the sugar syrup almost boil over! And I also suspect that’s why it took FOREVER for the temperature to get to 240. But I love this recipe and it will be my go to marshmallow recipe from now on

 · Stef · 

May 11, 2013 ·  5:25 PM

Oh, hurray, Stef! So glad it worked out for you, I hope you enjoy making many more variations!