Today’s Recipe: Homemade Marshmallows

Today’s recipe, MaryJane’s Homemade Marshmallows, is another sneak-peek recipe from my book, Glamping with MaryJane. (Actually, in my book, my basic recipe below ends up with a host of yummy, unlikely ingredients added, but I’ll save those surprises for you until you have my book in your hands!)

Remember last month’s recipe?

Sweet & Smoky Salmon Zucchini Rolls

Oh goodness. The name alone starts a mind-blowing seismic-flavor-tastebud-overload.

But today is all about celebrating the tasty white, round, and fluffy balls of sugar-sweetness dubbed Marshmallow … because it’s National S’more Day!

And let’s not forget their partner, the homemade graham cracker, which will be part two of this recipe series, right here tomorrow. Don’t forget to check back.

Happy s’more day to you and yours. And s’more to you, and you, and you …

MaryJane’s Marshmallows
PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
MAKES: 36 marshmallows

9     t MaryJane’s ChillOver Powder (3 boxes or buy in bulk)
1¼  cups water, divided
2½  cups sugar
1     cup light corn syrup
½    t salt
2     T vanilla extract
2     egg whites
¼    t cream of tartar
powdered sugar for dusting

1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle ChillOver Powder into ¾ cup cold water. Place over medium-low heat and stir constantly, using a whisk, for only 3 minutes. Set aside. The consistency will be that of a thick paste.
2. In a 3-quart saucepan, blend together ½ cup water with the sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a slow boil.
3. Turn heat to medium high. Continue to cook, unstirred, until a candy thermometer inserted into the mixture reaches 240°F. (Do not overcook, or your marshmallows will be tough.) Remove from heat. Pour in ChillOver paste and whisk until dissolved. Stir in vanilla.
4. In the bowl of a large mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy and add cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form. Using a low speed, pour hot syrup slowly into beaten egg mixture. After all the syrup is added, increase to high speed and continue to beat for 15 minutes.
5. Spread the mixture into an 8″-square pan that has been heavily dusted with powdered sugar. Dust top. Let dry uncovered overnight.
6. Loosen the mixture from the pan by lifting around edges with a knife.
7. Turn out onto a powdered-sugar-dusted cutting board.
8. Dust bottom again with powdered sugar, using a handheld sifter.
9. Cut into squares with a large knife that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Dust the pieces completely and use for campfire s’mores.

Gather ingredients.


Pour ¾ cup cold water into a small saucepan.

Sprinkle in 9 t of ChillOver Powder.


Place over medium-low heat and stir constantly, using a whisk, for only 3 minutes. Set aside.


The consistency will be that of a thick paste.


In a 3 qt saucepan, add 2 ½ cups of sugar.

Add ½ t salt.

And 1 cup of organic corn syrup.


Then pour in ½ cup of water. Stir to combine.

Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat.
Continue to cook, unstirred until a candy thermometer reads 240°F.


Remove from heat. Pour in ChillOver paste and whisk until dissolved.


Stir in 2 T vanilla.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat 2 egg whites until frothy.


Add ¼ t cream of tartar. Continue to mix until soft peaks form.


Using a low speed, pour hot syrup slowly into beaten egg mixture.


After all the syrup is added, increase to high speed and continue to beat for 15 minutes.


Spread the mixture into an 8” square pan that has been heavily dusted with powdered sugar.


Dust top. Let dry uncovered overnight.

Loosen the mixture from the pan by lifting around the edges with a knife.

Turn out onto cutting board that has been dusted with powered sugar.

Dust the bottom with powdered sugar again.


Cut into squares with a large knife.


Dust the pieces completely and use for campfire S’mores.

Any extras? Just place in a container and store in the freezer.

See you tomorrow for homemade graham crackers with a coconut twist!

Leave a comment 18 Comments

  1. drMolly says:

    OHOH As soon as I saw the picture I knew it was homemade marshmallows. They are such fun!! That’s one of the lovely memories I have from my childhood – my mum helping us make marshmallows.

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  5. NatB says:

    Am i able to use something more tasteful such as honey, rather than the corn syrup?

    • MaryJane says:

      Kinda doubt it. This recipe took us six months to perfect. Marshmallows are no easy feat. Do you have the ChillOver powder?

      • NatB says:

        I do not…….. I made them with agar agar and the corn syrup taste is overpowering, they did not taste good…….texture was perfect though!

        • MaryJane says:

          These do not taste good made with agar agar because of the aftertaste. Maybe that’s what you’re referring to. Also, you need to use good quality organic corn syrup and our ChillOver which DOES NOT have the aftertaste of regular agar agar. Guess you’ll need to make your own recipe at this point.

          • NatB says:

            Not sure why my last post was deleted……..but in it, I asked why I need to make my own recipe? I have since purchased the ChillOver, so I am not sure why I was encouraged to make my own recipe?

          • MaryJane says:

            We always tell people that if they make dramatic changes to our recipes by substituting other ingredients, we can’t be of much help, that’s all. If you want to use honey instead of good-quality organic corn syrup, you’re on your own! We didn’t test for that.

  6. NatB says:

    I was writing to ask your advice – it’s not that I was trying to alter your recipe. I was using the ingredients I had at hand. I since have purchased the ChillOver, and awaiting it to arrive in the mail. I will let you know how it turns out! I agree, it was probably the agar agar that had the bad taste, so I am glad I wrote and that you gave me that perspective, thank you.

  7. Laura Schuck says:

    I really want to make your homemade marshmallows.

    Unfortunately, I am allergic to corn….

    Usually I substitute Lyle’s Golden Syrup for corn syrup in a recipe. I know the flavor is altered, but at least I have made a food I can eat!

    Is there another syrup substitute you might recommend I try?

    Thank you, Laura

  8. Susan Liana Whatley says:

    Hi!
    I make homemade marshmallows with gelatin all the time, but my mother-in-law is allergic to the gelatin, and so can’t enjoy them with us. I’m excited to try your Chillover powder to make marshmallows she can have. I was wondering, though, if you thought I could use my regular recipe (I have a daughter with egg allergies, so can’t use yours) and just swap out the Chillover powder for gelatin? Are the egg whites important to making the Chillover powder work? I currently use a recipe that doesn’t have any eggs in it.
    Thank you for any advice you can offer!

    • MaryJane says:

      Hi Susan, let us ponder your question and get back to you. We’ve never tried it your way but it sounds like it might work. It would be good to know.

      Here’s what my DIL Ashley, our food guru had to say:

      Hi Susan,
      The egg whites add body to the marshmallows in our recipe. If you you have a recipe that works without egg whites, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t swap the gelatin for ChillOver powder. The only trick would be adding the right amount of ChillOver powder to your recipe, since it isn’t a 1:1 swap with gelatin. If your recipe is a similar size to ours, I’d recommend using 9 t ChillOver powder, just like our recipe. Also, ChillOver powder is activated differently than gelatin, so I recommend preparing it per the instructions in our marshmallow recipe. I hope this helpful.

  9. CYNTHIA GODWIN WILLIAMS says:

    Love it!! Marshmallows are my 3 year old grandsons favorite and now his MiMi can make them for him !! Thank You!!

  10. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    Hi MaryJane!
    I just made my first batch of your homemade marshmallows! They turned out perfect! I just had two questions. How should you store the marshmallows once you have cut them? Secondly, about how long will they last? (If you don’t eat them all that day, lol)

    • MaryJane says:

      Here’s what my DIL, Ashley, MaryJanesFarm food guru had to say:
      Hi Elizabeth,
      I’m so happy to hear that your marshmallows turned out so well! As far as storage, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 1–3 days, but for longer-term storage, I always put them in the freezer. Freezing them will not change their texture, and they defrost quickly. While thawing, they may weep a little, and need to be re-dusted with powdered sugar.

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