Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

Try these homemade maple vanilla marshmallows without corn syrup. They’re light, fluffy and loaded with flavor. Made from three simple ingredients, you’ll be blown away by how easy it is to make these homemade marshmallows.

homemade marshmallow without corn syrup

Perfect for s’mores, hot chocolate or homemade rice crispy treats. This homemade maple vanilla marshmallow recipe is hard to resist. Once you try this recipe, store bought marshmallows will become a thing of the past!

Homemade marshmallows that are healthier use honey or maple syrup instead of corn syrup and high-quality, grass-fed gelatin. The perfect sweet treat for an afternoon snack, during the holidays, or for any time of the year.

homemade marshmallows in coffee cup


Homemade marshmallows rely on two main ingredients – gelatin and sugar.

Gelatin is similar to collagen and has many health benefits! So the more I can sneak gelatin into a recipe, like these homemade marshmallows, all the better.

In terms of sugar for this recipe, you’ll need honey, maple syrup or a mix of both.

Traditional homemade marshmallows use a combination of powdered sugar and corn starch to dust the outside. You could also use all arrowroot powder or all organic powdered sugar, it’s up to you.

Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

What Exactly Is Marshmallow?

Marshmallow is an aerated confection made by cooking sugar into a syrup, then whipping it to stiff peaks. The mixture is set with gelatin, which gives it its signature chewy yet pillow-y texture.

Marshmallow often takes other forms, such as marshmallow fluff (also sometimes called marshmallow cream) and marshmallow “sauce,” most often paired with ice cream. These recipes often incorporate egg whites for stability, since they typically don’t contain gelatin.

Why should you make homemade marshmallows?

You might be wondering why you would make homemade marshmallows vs. simply buying some from the store?

Instead of purchasing store-bought marshmallows, which tend to include inflammatory ingredients like corn syrup, food coloring, artificial flavoring and processed sugars like dextrose-

This marshmallow recipe calls for gelatin and gelatin is incredibly good for your gut health!

Why You’ll Love Making Homemade Marshmallows

Making homemade marshmallows can be totally customized to be made into any size and shape you want and you know exactly what ingredients are going in them!

PLUS if you store them in an air-tight container, they’ll stay fresh for a super long time (if you don’t eat them all first!!)

And if all that isn’t enough to sway you, how about this? Homemade marshmallows are really simple to make!

Even if you’re nothing like me, I have a feeling if you try it once, you just might get hooked, just like I did!

Other Simple Homemade Marshmallow Flavor Options:



Fruit- strawberry, lemon, lime, grapefruit, coconut





homemade marshmallows without corn syrup on a plate

Best Gelatin To Use For Making Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

When it comes to gelatin, I always use Perfect Supplements because their gelatin is pasture-raised, grass-fed, glyphosate free, organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. Plus they’re a small family business that I love to support!

How To Bloom Gelatin For Homemade Marshmallows

The gelatin needs at least 5 minutes to bloom in cool water. For best results, start with the water in a small dish, and sprinkle the gelatin into an even layer on the surface of the water.

how to bloom gelatin

Let it sit, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. It’s best not to stir, as the gelatin can form globs, and some of the gelatin on the interior of a glob may not come in contact with water, which can lead to an unpleasant graininess in your end product.

bloomed gelatin

After the gelatin is bloomed, it’s hydrated, but it still needs to be melted before it’s added to the sugar mixture. Do this just before you’re ready to add (as it will solidify again if it sits too long).

gelatin bloomed

Ingredients For Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup


Gelatin (unflavored)

Clean, filtered water

homemade marshmallows without corn syrup ingredients

For dusting the finished marshmallows, you would need:

Powdered sugar or confectioners sugar



Other optional ingredients are:



Step By Step Instructions For Making Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

heating gelatin on stove top

After blooming your gelatin for 5 minutes, add to a saucepan on medium heat until dissolved.

making homemade marshmallows on stove top

Add your maple syrup & vanilla, until heated through.

whipping homemade marshmallows

Pour into your mixer and whip until thick and fluffy. This should take somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes.

whipped marshmallows

Quickly spread your marshmallows into a baking pan of your choice (I used a 9×12) and let them rest for a few hours at room temperature, until they’re set.

homemade marshmallows spread in pan

Then you can cube them, coat them in powder (optional), and enjoy!

Things you can put your simple, homemade marshmallows on

  • Nothing, they’re simply delicious all by themselves!
  • Homemade hot chocolate
  • Coffee
  • S’mores
homemade marshmallows without corn syrup in a latte


Here are some of the potential health benefits of gelatin (collagen):

  • Improve Skin Health
  • Promote Younger, Firmer Skin
  • Support Joint Health
  • Improve Gut Function and Digestion
  • Keep Excess Inflammation in Check
  • Build and Restore Muscle
  • Support a Healthy Metabolism
  • Keep Appetite In Check
  • Promote Healthy Brain Function
  • Promote Deeper Sleep

Homemade Marshmallows FAQ:

Why are my homemade marshmallows not fluffy?

Give your forearms a rest and leave the stirring to the standing mixer. But don’t slack off, because too few or too many strokes will mess up your marshmallow. Over mixing can away from the fluffy texture!

Can you over whip marshmallows?

Yes! If you over whip the marshmallow mixture, it will break apart easily and will be very difficult to evenly spread.

Why isn’t my marshmallow whipping?

Gelatin is heat sensitive and if the water is too hot or syrup is too hot it will not bloom correctly, causing the marshmallow not to whip OR the syrup could have cooled too much, therefore not allowing enough air to be incorporated into the marshmallow.

Do marshmallows have egg or milk?

They’re completely dairy-free. Marshmallows are made up of basically just sugar, water and gelatin, which makes the recipe super easy to duplicate and fits into a lactose-free diet perfectly.

Are marshmallows vegan or vegetarian?

No, traditional marshmallows are not considered vegetarian because they contain gelatin, an ingredient made from animal parts.

What can I replace corn syrup with in homemade marshmallows?

Maple syrup.



Golden syrup- Golden syrup is a sweetener made from cane sugar or sugar beet juice.


Can I use sugar instead of corn syrup?

You can replace 1 cup of light corn syrup with 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water or other liquid used in the recipe

How do I store homemade marshmallows?

Marshmallows have a nice, long shelf life. Keep them in an airtight container with a little extra confectioners’ sugar. They should last for up to 3 weeks at room temperature.

Like many candies, the enemy of marshmallows is moisture, including humidity. Prolonged exposure to heat can also make them melt or otherwise deteriorate.

How long do homemade marshmallows keep?

Store homemade marshmallows layered between sheets of wax or parchment paper in an airtight container. If kept in a dry place at cool room temperature, they should keep for about a month. Marshmallows that include mix-ins or that have been dipped in chocolate will have a slightly shorter shelf life.

Should you refrigerate homemade marshmallows?

It’s important to store the marshmallows in an air-tight container, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. NEVER IN THE FRIDGE OR THE FREEZER. For extra measure, add some confectioners sugar into the same container to keep the marshmallows lightly coated.

Can you freeze marshmallows to make them last longer?

Sure! Freeze. Remove and thaw the amount you need. Once thawed they become soft again. Use frozen marshmallows with 4 months for best results.

Yield: 24 Large Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

Homemade Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

Try these homemade maple vanilla marshmallows without corn syrup. They’re light, fluffy and loaded with flavor. Made from three simple ingredients, you’ll be blown away by how easy it is to make these homemade marshmallows.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 Cup Clean Filtered Water
  • 3 1/2 Scoops Gelatin
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla


  1. Bloom your gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes
  2. Once it has bloomed, add it to a saucepan and turn your heat to medium.
  3. Dissolve the gelatin and add the maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and add to your mixer.
  5. Whip with the whisk on your electric or standing mixer, for 10-15 minutes.
  6. You'll know when it's ready when it's whipped, thick, and fluffy.
  7. Pour your fluff into a glass baking dish.
  8. Let them set up.
  9. Cut into cubes and (optional: toss them in sugar/powder to coat them) enjoy!

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