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A delicious soft & sweet candy

Recipe by Debraj Sarkar of Hyderabad, IN

Try this out and you shall never buy marshmallows from shops.

Ingredients non vegetarian 6 servings

    This recipe contains gelatin, which is derived from animal sources and therefore it is classified as a non-vegetarian recipe
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • About 3 tbsp unflavored gelatin
    • 2/3 cups corn syrup (now available in India in large supermarkets like Spencer's, Q-mart, Spar etc)
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 to 3 tbsp vanilla extract or other flavorings 2 cups (240 g) powdered sugar
    • Corn flour (cornstarch)
    • Confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
    • Food colorings (optional)


    1. Collect your ingredients and equipment before you begin working. You'll need them at hand throughout the process.
    2. Prepare a mixture of equal parts powdered sugar and cornstarch or corn flour. Mix with a cup or more of each in a bowl and keep it handy.
    3. Prepare your tray(s):-
      • Optional: Line your pan with plastic wrap, waxed paper, or baking paper for easier release.
      • Thoroughly spray the pan or plastic wrap with cooking spray or pour some oil in and spread it all over with your hands or a pastry brush. Make sure the entire surface is well oiled.
      • Dust the oiled surface generously with the cornstarch and powdered sugar mixture. Tap the excess back into the bowl and reserve it for later.
    4. Pour the 3 tablespoons of gelatin into the bowl of an electric mixer
    5. Put 1/2 cup cold water into the bowl with the gelatin.
    6. Let the gelatin and water sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the sugar and corn syrup mixture. The gelatin will "bloom" during this time.
    7. Combine 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water and 2/3 cups corn syrup in a small saucepan.
    8. Bring the mixture in the saucepan to a boil.
    9. Watch for the temperature to reach exactly 117°C/244°F
    10. Pour the boiling sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture and start mixing it at high speed. While mixing, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and beat for at least 15 minutes.
    11. Add the vanilla extract or another flavoring at the end of the 15 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired, at this stage, too.
    12. Spread the mixture evenly in a prepared tray. It will help to oil your hands, spoon, or spatula before beginning.
    13. Sprinkle more cornstarch over the top and, if you want, cover with another piece of plastic or waxed paper and press the mixture into the tray.
    14. Let the marshmallows sit for about four hours at room temperature.
    15. Remove the big slab of marshmallow from the tray and place it onto a cutting board well sprinkled with more of the cornstarch mixture. Sprinkle more cornstarch on the side that is now on top.
    16. Cut the marshmallow into squares with kitchen scissors or a pizza wheel. You can also use cookie cutters to cut the marshmallows into shapes. Separate the pieces so they don't stick back together. 
    17. Toss gently in more cornstarch.Toss the pieces with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to each other on the cut sides.


    Debraj Sarkar

    Ya ! It's true that the procedure is a bit long and it can be a messy affair as the mixture is quite sticky but it is worth giving a try. Thanks for the comments and the votes.

    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    Hi Debraj!.I never tried this at home.Hope I can try this soon. Thanks.



    although the processes is a bit long but I will give it a try as marshmallows r my kids fav. Thanks