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How Are Marshmallows Made: Everything You Need to Know


Marshmallows are a classic confectionery loved by people of all ages. But what exactly are they, and how are they made? If you’ve always wanted to know the answer to these questions, then we’ve got just the thing for you. Here’s a brief discussion of everything that you need to know about how marshmallows are made.

How Were Marshmallows Invented?

In the early 1900s, a French confectioner named Antonin Carême came up with a recipe for a modern marshmallow. His recipe called for sugar, cornstarch, and gelatin to be whipped into a foam and then mixed with a flavoured syrup. The marshmallows were then poured into small moulds and chilled.

Today, marshmallows are typically made by combining sugar, corn syrup, water, and gelatin in a pot. The mixture is then heated until it reaches 245 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, the mixture is whipped into foam, and the flavourings are added. The marshmallow mixture is then poured into small moulds, and chilled.

Marshmallows can be eaten as is, or they can be used in recipes. Some popular marshmallow recipes include s’mores, Rice Krispie treats, and hot chocolate.

What Are Marshmallows Made Of?

Marshmallows are made of sugar, cornstarch, water, gelatin, and flavourings. The sugar and cornstarch are mixed together and cooked to form a syrup. The gelatin is mixed with water and then added to the syrup. The mixture is cooked until it thickens, and then flavourings are added. The marshmallows are poured into moulds and allowed to cool and set.

What’s the Process for Making Marshmallows?

 Marshmallows are made through a process that combines sugar, cornstarch, water, and flavouring. The mixture is heated until it thickens and forms a sticky mass that is then beaten to create a fluffy consistency. The resulting marshmallows are then ready to be packaged and sold.

Though the ingredients are simple, making marshmallows requires a little finesse so you may need to practise! Here is a step-by-step guide* on how to make your own marshmallows:

  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Add the water and stir to combine.
  3. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil.
  4. Cook the mixture for an additional minute, then remove it from the heat.
  5. Add the gelatin to the mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  7. Pour the mixture into a mixer bowl and beat on high speed for 10 minutes.
  8. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 inch pan and let it sit for several hours to set.
  9. Cut the marshmallows into squares and enjoy.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you gain a better understanding of what marshmallows are made of and how they’re made. 

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