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Very Vanilla Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are pillowy-soft and tender. They are so versatile — you can flavor them with different extracts, tint with assorted colors and cut into desired shapes. Makes s'mores extra special with vanilla-flavored marshmallows. Skill Level: Intermediate

40 min Prep
220 min Total
price per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
Protein 0.5g
Total Carbohydrates 27.7g
Dietary Fiber 0.0g
Net Carbohydrates 27.7g
Sugar 24.2g
Total Fat 0.1g
Saturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 6.5mg
SmartPoints® 6.0


  • 2 sprays cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered (confectioner's) sugar, for coating pan
  • 1/2 cup water, for the microwave
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1/2 cup water, cold, for the gelatin
  • 1/2 ounce unflavoed gelatin
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered (confectioner's) sugar, for sifting on top
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar, for tossing marshmallows


  1. Coat a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray, then sprinkle with the powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. Microwave the water, granulated sugar and corn syrup in a medium bowl on high 7 minutes.
  3. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Microwave on high 5 minutes longer. (Mixture will have a slight yellow tint.)
  5. Carefully remove the hot bowl from the microwave.
  6. Meanwhile, place the cold water for the gelatin in a mixer bowl.
  7. Sprinkle with the gelatin.
  8. Let stand 5 minutes.
  9. Gradually beat in the hot syrup mixture with a whisk attachment on medium-low speed. Beat for 8 minutes.
  10. Increase the speed to medium-high. Beat 10 to 12 minutes longer, or until mixture is fluffy, shiny and at least tripled in volume.
  11. Beat in the vanilla.
  12. Spread the marshmallow mixture in the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula.
  13. Sift the powdered sugar over top.
  14. Let stand at room temperature overnight, or refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  15. Cut the marshmallows into 1½-inch squares.
  16. Add the marshmallows in batches to the powdered sugar for tossing, and toss to coat well. Shake off excess.


Store the marshmallows in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Price Per Serving based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing

Photo Credit: McCormick Spice Company