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Retro recipe: Marshmallows

  • Total time

    10 minutes
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I found a jar of marshmallow on the supermarket shelves, which kids use to spread on toast or make sandwiches with peanut butter. It had a lot of additives, including artificial flavour and colour. I decided to see how hard it is to make your own, the way Nana used to. It only took 10 minutes, with time for it to set, and was just delicious. This is a very soft marshmallow – if you want it more chewy, add another teaspoon of gelatine.


  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 4 tsp gelatine
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

1 Put the sugar and the water in a bowl and use the electric mixer for about 5 minutes to mix together well.

2 Dissolve the gelatine in hot water and keep it at this temperature. Pour it into the sugar mixture while you are beating.

3 Beat until thick and white, like egg whites, then add the vanilla.

4 Pour into a greased sponge tin and leave to set at room temperature until it is firm.

5 Cut into squares with a warmed knife and coat with coconut, finely grated.

*You can make this pink by adding food colouring, but make sure it is a natural food colouring.

*For a special treat, pour the marshmallow before it has set into ice-cream cones and leave to set. Top with grated chocolate, coconut or Milo.

One Response to “Retro recipe: Marshmallows”

  1. madeleine Aug 8 2013, 8:55pm

    Thanks Wendyl I’ve wanted to find an easy recipe for ages!! I’m going to make this tomorrow! Mx

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