Candy & Sweets

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Homemade vanilla bean marshmallows.  Did you know that you can make your own marshmallows??  Well you can…and they are nothing short of amazing!  Homemade marshmallows versus the ones you buy at the grocery store, are two totally different things!   Lets just say it’s comparable to buying chocolate chip cookies off the shelf versus eating a freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookie.  Curious???  Are you ready to get sticky?!

Homemade marshmallows only require a few ingredients, however a candy thermometer is a must, as is a stand mixer.  You might be able to get away with a hand mixer, but it will take you a bit longer to mix and you will need a second set of hands (insert kitchen helper here).  But I promise the little bit of work that goes into these marshmallows is totally worth it.  Especially when people try them and then look at you in amazement 🙂

I used vanilla bean paste from Rodelle to flavor my marshmallows.  Vanilla bean paste packs a robust vanilla flavor to these marshmallows.  I love the quality of Rodelle products and that their vanilla bean paste is all natural.  Plus who doesn’t love those little vanilla bean specks!  You can buy vanilla bean paste at most grocery stores, craft stores that sell baking supplies (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn’s) and baking supply stores.

Having a stand mixer makes life so much easier!  Here you will see the mixer in full speed after adding the hot sugar mixture straight from the stove.

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

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Serves: 40 Cooking Time: 20-minutes


  • 3 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cool water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste (I used Rodelle)
  • powder sugar for sprinkling and dipping



Brush a 9-inch x 13-inch glass baking pan with oil. Sprinkle powdered sugar evenly over the oil (I used my sifter). Dump excess sugar out.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the whisk attachment, add 1/2 cup cool water and three envelopes of gelatin. Mix until ingredients are combined.


In a medium sized pot, on the stove top over medium heat, add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup water. Stir ingredients until the sugar has dissolved. Change the heat to high and cook the mixture, WITHOUT STIRRING, until the mixture reaches 240-degrees (Fahrenheit) on a candy thermometer.


Remove the pot from the stove and set the stand mixer to low speed and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the softened gelatin. Increase the speed to high and whip the mixture. About three minutes into mixing, add the vanilla bean paste. Continue mixing on high until the mixture is lukewarm and thick and fluffy. Process may take 3-10 minutes of whipping.


Pour marshmallow mixture into prepared pan, in an even layer. Sprinkle powder sugar over the top. Let marshmallows set for several hours, or overnight, before cutting.


To cut marshmallows, grease a sharp knife, and cut into desired sized squares. Option to roll cut marshmallows in powdered sugar.


Store marshmallows in an airtight container at room temperature. Use waxed paper to wrap individual marshmallows, or to separate layers of marshmallows. Marshmallows stay fresh for several days.

Mmmmm….marshmallows and hot cocoa!  These marshmallows would also be perfect for s’mores, because the marshmallows are cut into squares and would fit perfectly sandwiched between graham crackers and chocolate!

Have you ever made homemade marshmallows??  I am thinking of making some different flavored marshmallows, so leave me a comment if there’s any flavors you would like to see!  Ok I am off to go clean up marshmallow…I somehow got it all over myself 😉




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  • Reply
    Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots
    January 16, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    These would work perfectly in a cup of hot chocolate, or just alone, or on a s’more, or on anything! Mmm…

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:24 AM

      Thanks Julie! I totally agree with all the ways to eat this yummy little squares of fluffy gooey goodness! XOXO

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    January 17, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    I tried to make marshmallow once! Ha ha they didn’t turn out nice like yours. I need to try it again!😍

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:26 AM

      Awww that’s a bummer Amy! Maybe try my recipe and see if that works for you?! XOXO

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    January 17, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Wow! I’ve never tried preparing marshmallows at home so this is a really intriguing recipe for me, Kelly! Can’t wait ot have them with a cup of hot chocolate!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:28 AM

      Thanks Agness! Let me know if you try these out and what you think! They are amazing! XOXOXO

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    January 17, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    I used to own coffee shop/cafe and we made all kinds of flavors of homemade marshmallows. They are so fun, easy and delicious. Yours look devine

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:29 AM

      WHAT?!?! Patrick, that is my dream! Let me know if you are interested in going back into the business, but with me as a partner hahaha. We would kill it!

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    Cori - Sweet Coralice
    January 17, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Yum!! I’m always up for getting sticky if marshmallows are involved 😉 A batch of these would be SO good right about now!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

      Thanks Cori! These marshmallows are always yummy and great to have on hand for those hot cocoa cravings 🙂 XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    January 18, 2018 at 5:52 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of store-bought marshmallows, but homemade? YES PLEASE! It’s amazing the difference! These look perfect, Kelly!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:32 AM

      Thanks Kelsie!Isn’t it crazy the difference between homemade and store-bought?! Have a great weekend my dear! XOXO

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    January 18, 2018 at 10:25 PM

    last time i made marshmallows, it was at midnight, and my family understandly didn’t appreciate that lol. will have to make them again at a normal time (;

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:33 AM

      Hahahah I would still appreciate your homemade marshmallows even if you made them at midnight and woke me up 🙂 hehehe

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    Maria Doss
    January 18, 2018 at 11:05 PM

    I’ve never attempted to make marshmallows at home. You have made it look so easy Kelly and they look pillowy soft and the vanilla bean flavor…YUM!!!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2018 at 11:34 AM

      Oh Maria! They are so easy! You definitely have to try. The kids would love them! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    January 19, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Homemade marshmallows are the BEST!!! That vanilla bean flavour would be so good. Perfect in hot chocolate!!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2018 at 10:56 AM

      Thanks Katherine! I totally am in love with marshmallows and how easy and yummy they are 🙂 And definitely the best in hot cocoa! XOXO

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    January 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Hi there,I found your blog at the email list party! I’m so happy I did. Your vanilla bean marshmallows looks heavenly and my marshmallow addicted son will be excited to try this recipe!! I followed you by email, so I won’t miss new posts 🙂

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      January 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM

      Hi! So happy to become blogging buddies through the email list party! So much fun! I can’t wait to get your emails of your blog posts! Glad you liked these marshmallows! So easy to make too 🙂 XOXO

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    Greedyeats -Neha
    January 20, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Oh these marshmallows look so fluffy and lighter than clouds. Where is my hot chocolate! 😉

    • Reply
      January 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM

      Thanks Neha! These are definitely fluffy little clouds of goodness! Perfect with hot cocoa 🙂 XOXO

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    January 21, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Pinned! At some point I need to venture into marshmallow making again. The stickiness always puts me off!

    • Reply
      January 23, 2018 at 7:45 AM

      You just gotta make em and then leave them overnight. Not too sticky the next day….but maybe that depends on how humid it is where you live 🙂

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