Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows ~  these plush, pillowy marshmallows are amazing, and so easy to make. They’ll take your hot cocoa to a whole new level!

Whipping egg whites for homemade vanilla bean marshmallows

How did I walk around all these years completely unaware of the wonders of homemade marshmallows? And how could I have been satisfied with those tasteless foamy things squished into bags on the bottom shelf of the supermarket?

Making homemade vanilla bean marshmallows

I’m so glad my eyes have been opened, especially now that hot chocolate season is in full swing. I’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for.

Part of what is so much fun about making these is that the texture is unlike any other food, from the gleaming white liquid marshmallow that flows from the beaters to the plush cushiony squares of the finished product. Even cutting them is an adventure. If they squish down, they plump right back up, if they stick, a little confectioner’s sugar gives them a unique pillowy finish. Before these, I wouldn’t have eaten a plain marshmallow on a bet. But just try to resist as you plunge your knife into row upon row of this vanilla bean bliss.

Making Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

This is not a difficult process at all, but here’s a little fair warning—- you do need a thermometer, and it helps a lot if you have a stand mixer. You can do it with a hand held mixer, but be prepared to stand around beating for 10-15 minutes. It’s a great project to do with kids, as long as you keep them well away from the hot sugar syrup.

A bowl of homemade vanilla bean marshmallows

There are a couple of different methods floating around out there, one involves corn syrup, and another uses egg whites in place of the corn syrup. My friend Mary of Barefeet in the Kitchen has a great version of the egg whites recipe, check it out here.

Wrapping Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows in decorative mugs with cellophane and ribbons

For a great gift pile some marshmallows in a pretty mug and wrap it all up in cellophane. Package it along with some really good cocoa powder.

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows wrapped up in a mug

I’m off to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate…

Hot cocoa with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows

UPDATE:  I’ve been surprised at how well and how long these marshmallows have kept. I put one batch in cellophane bags with twist ties and they are still fabulous. Now that I know this I may make some ahead of time next year and stash them away for last minute gifts.

3.10 from 31 votes

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Author Sue Moran


  • Vegetable oil for brushing
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting


  • Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhanging paper on the ends so you can easily lift out the marshmallows after they've firmed up. Brush the paper with oil so the marshmallows won't stick.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, put 3/4 cup of water. Sprinkle the gelatin over it and let it sit. Add the vanilla bean seeds on top.
  • In a medium saucepan, put the sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Begin heating it, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then stop stirring and let the sugar syrup come up to 238 degrees. It will boil for a while before it gets there.
  • Then, with the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin. Gradually increase the speed until it is on high. Beat on high for about 12 minutes until the mixture is stiff. Beat in the vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared dish, smoothing it out evenly.
  • Let sit, uncovered, for 3 hours (or overnight)
  • Turn out the marshmallow block onto a surface covered with confectioner's sugar. Peel off the paper and dust the whole top surface with more confectioner's sugar.
  • Spice the marshmallows into squares using a sharp, oiled knife or pizza cutter. They will resist a bit, but keep at it. As you cut each strip, turn it to coat the cut ends with sugar, and as you cut each individual marshmallow, do the same. All the sides should be well coated and not sticky. Lay the marshmallows out on a tray.
  • Store in an airtight container and eat within the week.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.



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  • Reply
    Magnolia Verandah
    December 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    It seems everyone is saying that homemade marshmellows are totally superior to shop bought variety. Probably a bit like homemade pasta. Loving the teacup gift recepticle.

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    belleau kitchen
    December 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    i’ve never made marshmellow before… and now you KNOW i’m going to have to give this a go… I need to find a veggie alternative though… such a great idea for Christmas gifts too… beautiful photography, again I am so jealous of your light!

  • Reply
    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I keep hearing of this homemade marshmellow phenomenon and I think you have finally convinced me to try this recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      December 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I know, it took a while for me to finally try, and I was really surprised how easy the whole thing was. Not even messy, either. There’s no reason not to make these!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    December 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Yes, they really are different, and just think, you can flavor them in lots of ways, too. I’m going to get to that soon, for sure. Send me your address…I’ll send some along!

  • Reply
    thyme Sarah
    December 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Really Sue?? Do you mean I might have a lot of time to make up for…too? Are they that different from bagged mashmallows? They look fabulous. They really look so old-fashioned and handmade. The teacup gift bag is too cute. I would just squeal with pure delight to receive a gift like this. Oh, I didn’t mean that as a hint…or…maybe I did!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Aren’t they delicious. I just made Martha’s recipe for these. They are out of this world. My next batch I plan on using a snowflake cookie cutter and posting on it. Gorgeous photos!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    December 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    What a gorgeous gift! I haven’t joined this group yet (the one that has made homemade marshmallows) but you know I am filling out my membership card now. Your photos and description are amazing. Thanks for another reminder of a must-not-miss recipe!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    December 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Gorgeous! I do love homemade marshmallows, I’m just too lazy to make them very often. Perfect gift 🙂

  • Reply
    December 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I love the idea of wrapping the marshmallows in a pretty cup like this! I am going to do that for a couple of my girlfriends this year. You are going to love the marshmallows in hot chocolate. Your drinking chocolate would be amazing with them, the darker the chocolate the better with the sweet marshmallows!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      December 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      You’re right about the dark chocolate working really well with the marshmallows, I have a feeling I’m going to be drinking hot chocolate for breakfast all week!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Two of my favorite things in one: homemade marshmallows AND vanilla beans. Swoon.

    And the beautiful mugs you have. I want this whole post, from the food to the props. Lucky gift recipients in your world. Wow, they have it good 🙂

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      Sue/the view from great island
      December 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Averie! Vanilla Bean was probably the obvious first choice, but now I’m thinking of different flavors. I see lots of marshmallows in my future…

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