Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows. Soft, fluffy, delicious and easier than you think. from #dietersdownfall.comMarshmallow Roulade – Day One – Homemade Marshmallows

I have a confession to make. I have had homemade marshmallows on my bucket list for at least 3 years! I finally decided to conquer my fear and just go for it! This week marks my 1 year blog birthday here at Dieter’s Downfall, so I wanted to make something monumental for the occasion.  Let’s get started on my Marshmallow Roulade with homemade marshmallows and 7-minute frosting.

Marshmallow Mania! Homemade Marshmallows and 7 minute frosting together in a Chocolate Roulade. from #dietersdownfall.comI was IG’ing and making my marshmallows on Sunday (yeah, totally last-minute) and I was comforted by other people also admitting that they, too, were intimidated by marshmallows. Well, let me tell ya – there isn’t much too it. Your mixer will do all the work. Seriously, it’s gelatin and water and hot sugar. Add a ton of air to it, and poof! you have marshmallows.

Homemade Marshmallows. Soft, fluffy, delicious and easier than you think. from #dietersdownfall.comNow, I will advise you that you should really take into account what you are going to wear when taking these marshmallows out of the pan…

I decided to wear black.

I chose poorly.

You should probably put on a white shirt when working with powdered sugar. Just my two cents… Learn from my messy mistake.

I love homemade marshmallows in my hot chocolate. from #dietersdownfall.comHere’s another confession.

This was my first time eating homemade marshmallows… I know, I know… I call myself a dessert blogger…  I’m totally hanging my head in shame right now. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long.

These were super light and fluffy! They were smooshy and squishy. They were plain Jane vanilla, but that’s alright. I can’t wait to play with other flavors. I’m excited to try mint, lemon, raspberry… oh my, the possibilities.

Hot Chocolate just isn't the same if you don't add in some marshmallows. from #dietersdownfall.comHot chocolate will never be the same again. These were wonderful in it! I totally enjoyed my hot chocolate on a cold, rainy, windy day. I’m just glad it didn’t snow here.

Dieter’s Downfall started on April 1, 2013. One year later I’m going strong and I have all of you, my wonderful fans, to thank for it. Thank you so much for being a part of this crazy baking experiment of mine!

Homemade Marshmallows

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There is no longer any doubt in my mind that homemade marshmallows are amazing!
  • 1 cup water (divided in half)
  • 3 envelopes gelatin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • *optional food coloring
  1. Prepare a 9 x 9 baking dish with a good layer of butter.
  2. Put a ½ cup water and the gelatin into your mixing bowl fitted with your whisk attachment.. Let it sit and soften while you prepare the sugar.
  3. Place the other ½ cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt into a medium sized saucepan. Over medium heat bring to a boil and boil for one minute.
  4. Turn on the mixer to low and slowly drizzle in the hot sugar. Let it run down the inside of the bowl. When all the sugar is added, turn the mixer up to high and let it whip for 10 minutes. Just let it go. The mixture will triple in size. Stop from time to time to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. At the very end, add the vanilla and whip briefly to combine.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the baking pan and level it out with an offset spatchula. Work quickly because it thickens up.
  6. Butter a piece of wax paper and place it over the marshmallow. Press it down to get any air bubbles out and seal it. Let it sit overnight.
  7. Add a generous amount to powdered sugar to a large jelly roll pan. Use a butter knife and work around the edge of the pan to separate and loosen the marshmallow. Flip the pan over the powdered sugar and let the marshmallow come out of the pan. Cover the marshmallow with more powdered sugar. Cut your marshmallow into 1 inch cubes and toss them in the powdered sugar. Coat all the cut edges to prevent them from sticking.
  8. Store in a sealed baggie for 5 - 7 days.


  1. Congrats on your 1st Anniversary!!! Your good and you know it!!! Can’t wait to try to make my own marshmallows!!

  2. haha, I am so glad that I found your blog. Everything looks so yummy. I might just have to try these. Thank you for posting

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      I hope that you don’t wait forever to make them. I think I had them bookmarked for over 5 years and just never made them…

  3. Those marshmallows look awesome and so does the roulade!!

  4. This is comforting because marshmellows are on my bucket list too and I’m just so afraid to try them because 1) they look intimidating and 2) I don’t have a stand mixer. Do you think a hand mixer will work as well?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      It’ll definitely take longer and as long as you get it all fluffed up, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, but I don’t know if a hand mixer will do as well.

  5. I’m going to try it. You convinced me! I’m glad I found your post through the Mostly Homemade Mom link party.

  6. How delicious I have been meaning to try making marshmallows

  7. I just recently had a homemade marshmallow as well and it was goood! Pinned this so now I can make this awesome sweet treat at home! Checking these out from strut your stuff Saturday!

  8. These look beyond amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Homemade marshmallows are the best, and these look fantastic!

  10. I LOVE this, and my mom would adore eating/making these even more. Also, congrats because you are featured on this week’s Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. https://www.vintagezest.com/2014/04/do-tell-tuesday-19-with-features.html

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

  11. Just made these last night/this morning. The recipe was very easy to follow. They were fun and very messy to make – I had powdered sugar everywhere…lol. They came out beautifully and are so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      GREAT! Were you scared to make them as well? What a relief that they aren’t as hard as we think they are! So glad you enjoyed them


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