Marshmallow Recipe

This marshmallow recipe is great for making simple but delicious marshmallow squares, or with Halloween coming up you could use it to make yummy marshmallow ghosts!

Marshmallow ghosts


  • 1 packet of gelatin
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 140mls of water
  • Some icing sugar to dust over the marshmallows when they are set

Optional ingredients:

  • A few drops of vanilla extract (or any other flavouring of choice)
  • A small amount of melted chocolate to decorate marshmallow ghosts

Equipment needed:

  • Electric mixer
  • Thermometer which measures up to 120ºC


  1. Empty the packet of gelatin and 60mls of water into a mixing bowl and leave to stand (see photo.1).
  2. Pour the caster sugar and remaining 80mls of water into a saucepan and leave to boil on a medium-high heat until it reaches 120ºC (see photo.2).
  3. Quickly pour the sugar syrup onto the gelatin and using an electric mixer, mix on a high speed for 8-10mins until it becomes a thick, fluffy, white cloud of marshmallow (see photo.3). While the mixer is running you can also add a few drops of vanilla extract or another flavouring of choice to make flavoured marshmallows.
  4. Either spread the marshmallow mixture into a tin (dusted with icing sugar), to be cut into squares once set, or put it in a piping bag and pipe swirls of marshmallow (onto a surface dusted with icing sugar) to make marshmallow ghosts (see photo.4).
  5. The marshmallow mixture sets quite quickly, but it will stay sticky to touch until you sprinkle icing sugar over it.  Store marshmallows in an airtight container to keep fresh.

Photo.1 (Packet of Gelatin mixed with 60mls of water)


Photo.2 (Caster sugar and 80mls of water heated to 120ºC)

Sugar syrup

Photo.3 (Gelatin and sugar syrup whipped until light and fluffy)

Marshmallow whip-close up

Photo.4 (Marshmallow piped into swirls & decorated with melted chocolate to create ghost faces)

Marshmallow ghosts pre-icing

Photo.5 (Marshmallow mixture cut into squares and dusted with icing sugar)

Bag of Marshmallows

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