Thanks to Kristin Eldridge for this fun guest post on how to make marshmallows for a valentine treat!

The other day I posted some free valentine templates that can be used as photo toppers on treat bags.  The treat bags can host any number of treats, from homemade to brightly colored store-bought confections!  I photographed the bags with homemade marshmallows, rolled in red sugar (valentine peeps, if you will) and wanted to share the recipe here with you today!

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I started with a Martha Stewart marshmallow recipe and subbed in organic sugar and corn syrup so we can all feel a little less guilty about all that sugar!  Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own marshmallows…it’s quite easy!


  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Line the pan with parchment paper (allow extra to hang over the edges…it’ll help you lift out the marshmallows) and spray the paper with cooking spray.  Put sugar, syrup and salt in a medium sauce pan.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Then, cook (without stirring) for an additional 9 minutes or until your candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees.

While your sugar is cooking, stir water and gelatin in a bowl.  Let it sit for 5 minutes to soften.  Slowly whisk in your hot sugar mixture.  Gradually raise the speed to high and beat the mixture for about 12 minutes, until it’s very stiff.  Beat in the vanilla and pour the mixture into your 9×13 dish.  Using a spoon coated in cooking spray will help.  Leave the dish uncovered for several hours or overnight to set.

I purchased red sugar from the dollar spot at Target, but it can also be found at any craft store.  Cut the marshmallows into squares and roll each square in the sugar to coat the sides.  If you prefer a traditional marshmallow, cut the squares and roll them in powdered sugar.  This just allows you to handle the marshmallows without having sticky fingers.

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Give them as gifts or enjoy them in a cup of hot cocoa!  To see how I put together my valentine candy bags, head over to my blog!

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