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Healthy Marshmallows {Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup}

Learn how easy it is to make honey-sweetened Healthy Marshmallows. They are perfect for gifts, roasting, baking, or in a cozy cup of cocoa. Marshmallows without corn syrup are the perfect allergy-friendly treat.

homemade healthy marshmallows on a wooden board with powdered sugar

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It all started with a garage sale.  I found an ancient candy thermometer for $5.

What did you do when you were a kid and got a new toy? You played with it of course! So…let’s make some homemade marshmallows without corn syrup!

a antique candy thermometer in a box

Try these homemade marshmallows in this Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge recipe, Addicting Smores Bark, or Nordy Bars.

What ingredients are in Healthy Marshmallows?

These homemade candies are rocking:

Are Marshmallows Gluten-Free?

Yes, you bet they are! No gluten, flour, or grains of any kind are in these.

#1 Success Tip For the Best Homemade Marshmallows

Have everything prepared before you start the honey mixture on the stove. Once the honey and water are heated up and ready to go you need to start mixing everything right away.

How to Make Homemade Healthy Marshmallows

*You’ll find a printable version of this recipe with measurements at the bottom of the post.

You’re going to start by combining water, salt, and honey in a medium-sized pot over medium heat without stirring (see printable recipe card for exact measurements). Pro tip: don’t pick a huge saucepan because you won’t be able to get an accurate temperature reading in a shallow syrup. But you’ll also need something deep enough where the syrup won’t boil over as it heats.

While the honey is heating up, you’re going to add more water to the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle gelatin over the top of that. Again, you’ll find the exact measurements in the recipe card below! Place a whisk attachment on the stand mixer.

When the honey mixture has reached 230 degrees F (check with a candy thermometer for exact temps), turn your stand mixer to the lowest setting and slowly pour the honey into the bowl of the stand mixer. Add your vanilla extract.

Slowly increase the speed of your stand mixture every few minutes until the last few minutes the mixer is going at the highest speed.

After two minutes:

a mixer making homemade marshmallows

After six minutes:

homemade marshmallows six minutes into mixing

After eight minutes:

homemade marshmallows in a mixer after 8 minutes

After 10 minutes:

homemade marshmallows in a mixer after 10 minutes

Pour the mixture into a buttered 9×13 baking dish.

And now…you wait. Keep them uncovered for 6-12 hours at room temperature.

How to Know When Paleo Marshmallows are Done Mixing?

Stop your mixer and lift up the arm to elevate the whisk into the air. If your marshmallow mixture holds its shape for about 5 seconds, then congrats, they are ready to be poured!

How to Cut Honey Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are notoriously a PITA to cut. A knife seems logical but I prefer using kitchen shears instead. Pro tip: dust the candy and shears with powdered sugar (related: How to Make Powdered Sugar) to keep things from sticking together.

How Do You Keep Homemade Marshmallows From Sticking Together?

Dust the cut candies with powdered sugar before storing.

How Long Are Homemade Marshmallows Good For?

They will keep at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.

roasted paleo marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa
 
These homemade marshmallows are delicious, and so much richer tasting than the store-bought version. My husband says they aren’t as sweet as premade ones, but I thought they were little pillows of perfection. Much like my breasts prior to breastfeeding two children.

Pro tips/recipe notes

  • If they are too firm or chewy it means your honey mixture was too hot when it was added to the gelatin in the stand mixer.
  • If they seem a bit soggy even after they have dried, it is because everything was not mixed at a high enough speed for long enough.

Can You Freeze Homemade Marshmallows?

Yes! Dust them with powdered sugar prior to freezing.

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homemade healthy marshmallows on a wooden board with powdered sugar
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Healthy Marshmallows {Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup}

Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Learn how easy it is to make honey-sweetened Healthy Marshmallows. Paleo marshmallows without corn syrup are the perfect allergy-friendly treat.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup + 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 6 tbsp unflavored gelatin (the equivalent of 3 small packets)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pour 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of a stand mixer, and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let sit for five minutes.
  • Place 2/3 cup of water in a large pot. Add the honey and salt, and cook without stirring until the temp reaches 230 degrees.
  • Using the whisk attachment on the stand mixer, slowly pour the hot liquid mixture in and mix on low. Add the vanilla.
  • Slowly increase your mixer speed (I have a Kitchen Aid and I upped it from "stir" to a "3", and then after a few minutes to a "5", then up to a "7"), and mix for a total of 10-15 minutes.
  • While it's mixing, butter a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the thickened mixture in, and push it down with your hands. Leave it uncovered for 12 hours.
  • After at least 12 hours, remove the solid marshmallow rectangle and cut through it using kitchen shears to create your individual marshmallows.

Notes

Inspired by The Homemade Pantry.
 
If marshmallows are too firm or chewy it means your honey mixture was too hot when it was added to the gelatin in the stand mixer.
 
If the marshmallows seem a bit soggy even after they have dried, it is because everything was not mixed at a high enough speed for long enough.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Marshmallows {Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup}
Amount Per Serving (2 marshmallows)
Calories 48
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 comments on “Healthy Marshmallows {Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup}”

  1. I now have proof I *need* a stand mixer. I love that you let your kid play with a knife, and I appreciate the comment that your breasts were perfect prior to 2 years of breast feeding!
    Great blog!

    • I have watched so many Law and Order episodes in my life, and I know this would totally stand up in a court of law as proof. It’s pretty much mandatory that you get a stand mixer at this point! ;-D

      Dude, my boobs are a sad state of affairs. I wish I could go back and few years and slap myself for complaining how small they were. At least they were adorable!

  2. I’ll have to give this recipe a go… I tried making them from a book that I have a couple of weeks ago and they were so terrible that I threw them out. I momentarily felt like a failure so made fudge and ate it and felt so much better lol

  3. Homemade marshmallows are PERFECT in hot chocolate! They melt down so much better and they’re super creamy! YUM! 🙂

  4. We make homemade marshmallows often (since I discovered how easy they were last fall). We’ve roasted them over fire. They don’t roast as nicely because they are more dense but they still taste good. I plan on trying the recipe with fruit juice some day and I have seen recipes using agar agar instead of gelatin.

  5. You ROCK!

    MUST.TRY.THIS.

  6. I made peppermint marshmallows one year from Martha Stewart. Packaged them up in cute little bags and gave them as gifts with nice coffee mugs and hot cocoa mix. Everyone loved them. I’ll have to dig up the recipe and compare them….

  7. I’m so glad you showed the different stages. I have a Kitchen-Aid, too, so the speed setting explanation was also helpful. I’ve been wanting to try homemade marshmallows, and thanks to you I’m not afraid to give it a shot now!

  8. You SHOULD stop referring to me as a hobag. But only if I can still call you a skank.

    And fyi, Amazon sells them too. 🙂

    http://www.amazon.com/KRAFT-JET-PUFFED-MARSHMALLOWS-Marshmallows/dp/B0005XNERS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341925408&sr=8-2&keywords=marshmallows

  9. I’ve been intimidated to try this, especially as I plan to try to use a vegan gelatin. Thanks for posting the pictures of what it should look like at different steps!

  10. was the honey taste very strong? And I’m wondering if they are sturdy enough to roast over a campfire??

    • I use raspberry honey which is a very sweet and mild honey. Honestly it just tasted like a rich marshmallow to me!

      We’re going to roast them next week during a trip to the ocean, so I will let you know! ;-D