Homemade Marshmallows – No Corn Syrup Recipe

4.6 from 17 reviews

These homemade marshmallows made with no corn syrup are bouncy, soft, and perfect for s’mores, hot cocoa, gifting, or roasting over a fire.


  • 1 cup filtered water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons powdered gelatin*
  • 1 cup light-colored honey*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Arrowroot starch to coat the outsides of the marshmallows*


  1. Grease an 8×8 inch pan and line it with parchment paper in both directions, leaving about an inch as handles to lift out the marshmallows. 

  2. Dust the parchment paper with arrowroot starch.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with 1/2 cup of water.

  4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of water with honey, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. 

  5. Once boiling, place a candy thermometer in the saucepan and continue to boil the mixture until it reaches 240F (the softball stage). Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat.

  6. Insert the whisk attachment in the mixer and turn on medium speed while you pour the honey mixture into the gelatin. 

  7. Turn the mixer to high and continue beating until the honey and gelatin become thick like marshmallow cream. 

  8. Turn off the mixer and pour the marshmallow cream into the parchment-lined pan. Smooth the top and add another light dusting of arrowroot starch over the marshmallows. 

  9. Cut a piece of an 8-inch square of parchment paper and place it over the marshmallows, gently pressing it over the top to smooth them out. 

  10. Allow the marshmallows to “set” for 4-6 hours. They’re ready to slice once the texture is bouncy. 

  11. Lift the big marshmallow square out of the pan and onto the counter. Using a sharp knife slice it into 16 squares. 



  • Plain Knox gelatin will work too.
  • I don’t use raw honey for this because it’s a lot more expensive and when you boil the honey the “raw” ness goes away. So for me, it’s not worth the extra expense.
  • If you are not on a GAPS diet, Paleo lifestyle, or don’t have arrowroot, you can use conventional powdered sugar for dusting.
  • storage note: If you cover these the moisture will remain in the marshmallow and they won’t completely dry out. don’t cover them with plastic wrap. I leave mine out on the counter, uncovered, until they are gone.
  • how to package these to “gift”: I recommend lining a small box with parchment paper and placing marshmallows in the box, not in a bag.