Candy Cane Marshmallows

Candy Cane Marshmallows Collage

Homemade marshmallows are deliciously soft and creamy―delightful in a cup of cocoa. The addition of crushed peppermint makes this recipe perfect for the holidays. They may also be dipped in chocolate for a special addition to a plate of holiday treats.

A cellophane bag of homemade marshmallows tied with ribbon, peeping out of a festive mug, makes a perfect hostess gift.

Candy Cane Marshmallows in Cup


Makes approximately 6-7 dozen marshmallows


1/2 cup cold water

3 packages of unflavored gelatin

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup Karo Syrup (light)

1/4 cup hot water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

6 candy canes (1/2 ounce each), crushed

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

basket of marshmallows 2


1. Lightly oil a 9-inch or 10-inch square pan.

2. Line the pan with plastic wrap, and lightly oil. (The oiled pan holds the plastic in place, making it easier to oil.)

3. In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

4. Put 1/2 cup of cold water into a large mixing bowl (use a stand mixer, if you have one) and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.

5. While the gelatin is softening, bring sugar, Karo syrup, and hot water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it begins to boil, stop stirring and let it cook for 2 minutes.

6. Pour the hot syrup slowly over the gelatin while mixing on low speed.

Making Candy Cane Marshmallows

7. Add salt and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Depending on your mixer, this could be from 5 to 10 minutes.

8. Mix in vanilla and all but 1 tablespoon of the crushed candy canes.Making Candy Cane Marshmallows Pouring into Pan

9. Spread immediately in prepared pan and sprinkle with reserved crushed candy canes.

Making Candy Cane Marshmallows Settling in Pan10. Allow the marshmallows to set, approximately 3-4 hours.

11. Turn the pan of marshmallows out onto a cutting board dusted with a little of the powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture.

Cutting Candy Cane Marshmallows12. Cut into strips of desired width, using an oiled knife or pizza cutter. If you use the pizza cutter, try dipping it into the powdered sugar mixture to make it easier to cut. The marshmallows are sticky! You may also use a cookie cutter.

Dusting Candy Cane Marshmallows13. Drop a few at a time in the bowl of powdered sugar and cornstarch, and then put them into a strainer.

14. When all of the marshmallows have been cut and dredged, shake the strainer to remove extra powdered sugar.

15. Store in an airtight bag or container.

Candy Cane Marshmallows

About Stacie

Stacie, a social media consultant, is one of Cision Media's Top 10 Most Influential Mommy Bloggers and one of the HERoic: 10 Mommy Bloggers Who Rule Social Media. She is also a frequent guest speaker at blog conferences, a contributor at Babble Kid Scoop and ShePosts.

Stacie founded Social Media Chicks, a collaborative social media consulting company and Georgia Social Media Moms, a group of 250+ social media/blogging experts in her home state.

An Atlanta resident and lifelong writer, Stacie is the mother of three children (9 & under) and married to the love of her life. She is always planning the next epic travel adventure for her family.


  1. I didn’t have a CLUE that you could make marshmallow!! These look amazing and awesome!!
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  2. i keep wanting to make marshamallows but i always see candy thermometer and run away. yours are awesome!
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  3. Oooooh these look amazing!!!! What a great gift idea that I would gladly receive. ;)
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  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe. For some reason I thought marshmallows would be crazy hard to make.
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  5. I didn’t realize that homemade marshmallows were so easy! My daughter would love these in her hot chocolate!
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