Homemade Strawberry Marshmallows are simple and fun to make at home. These Valentine marshmallows will be a sweet treat for your sweetheart.
Homemade marshmallows are so yummy, and they are easier to make than you probably realize. The pillowy confections can be used in S'mores, desserts, and even hot chocolate.
Cut the marshmallows with different-shaped cookie cutters to make cute marshmallows that are perfect for any holiday. Today, we're cutting hearts to make Valentine's marshmallows.
Ingredients in Homemade Strawberry Marshmallows
- Unflavored gelatin
- Granulated sugar
- Light corn syrup
- Egg whites
- Cream of tartar
- Freeze dried strawberries
- Cornstarch for dusting
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
I've selected free dried strawberries to add the strawberry flavor. They can be ground into a powder using a spice grinder, and they add a concentrated strawberry flavor without adding additional moisture to the marshmallows.
How to Make Marshmallows
- Sprinkle gelatin over warm water and allow it to absorb water for 10 minutes.
- Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and remaining granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Heat the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a pan until it reaches 311°.
- Pour the melted gelatin into the hot sugar mixture and stir until combined.
- Increase the mixer speed to high and slowly stream in the hot syrup and gelatin mixture.
- Whip until cool, and then add in the strawberry powder.
- Spread into a lined baking dish and cool for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cornstarch, wrap and cool overnight.
- Cut into shapes and roll in powdered sugar.
Who doesn't love a darn good marshmallow? We did these cute marshmallows in two sizes: mini bite-size and a larger heart cutout size. It's a really easy recipe, and I hope you enjoy them for Valentine's or any other day of the year!
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Strawberry Valentine Marshmallows
- 7 tablespoons water
- 4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 5 large egg whites
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- 3 ounces freeze dried strawberries ground up in a spice grinder to powder to net 5 tablespoons
- Cornstarch for dusting
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
- Use a damp cloth and moisten the inside of a 9 x 13 inch sheet pan with water. Line the pan with a layer of plastic wrap and use a dry cloth to press and smooth the plastic on the surface to adhere the plastic to the pan.
- Pour ¼ cup of the water into a small microwavable bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to soften the gelatin and let it absorb the water.
- Put one cup of the granulated sugar, the remaining 3 tablespoons of water and the corn syrup into a small saucepan. Put the pan over medium heat. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to bubble, wash down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water.
- Meanwhile, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn the mixer on low speed. Once the sugar mixture comes to a rolling boil, increase the mixer speed to medium. Continue cooking the sugar until it reaches 311° F.
- Put the softened gelatin into the microwave and heat for about 20 seconds to melt the gelatin.
- Remove the sugar from the heat, add the melted gelatin, and stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined. Careful here the sugar will bubble up and splash a lot.
- Increase the mixer speed to high and carefully pour in the hot sugar syrup in a slow steady stream directly onto the whites between mixer bowl edge and outer reach of whisk.
- Whip on high speed until the mixture is cool to the touch. About 6-8 minutes.
- Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly sprinkle in the strawberry powder. Whip until incorporated. Remove the mixer bowl and whisk, and using a large rubber spatula spread the mixture onto the plastic lined sheet pan.
- Cool for 15 minutes then dust the marshmallow with cornstarch. Place a second piece of plastic wrap on the marshmallow. Wrap tight and let cool overnight.
- The next day dust a cutting board with confectioners’ sugar and remove the plastic wrap and invert the marshmallow onto the cutting board. Remove the second piece of plastic wrap. Cut the marshmallows into desired shapes and roll them through the confectioners’ sugar to eliminate the stickiness.
- Leave these marshmallows as is or dip them into melted chocolate and add sprinkles.
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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
These little marshmallows are so sweet. I wouldn't be able to eat just one!
Thanks so much Ashley! I found once I made then smaller, I was definitely eating more. I justified it as "bite size" treats 🙂
Heather | Totally Tailgates says
Serena, what a gorgeous confection! Homemade marshmallows are so delicious. Love partnering with you in Cookies for Kids' Cancer!
Thanks so much Heather!
I love a great homemade marshmallow and this looks perfect. I have never worked with freeze dried fruit and am now inspired to up my marshmallow game this year. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, and it has been so nice working with everyone on this fund raiser! Happy Valentine's Day.
Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas says
These are so neat. I've never made marshmallows before and had no idea how to do it. What a great adventure you have been on. I've never been to Cambodia before, but I've lived in China and South Korea. That part of the world is so interesting and beautiful, if you get out of the cities. I know there is some distance between them, but it's somewhat close too. I'd love to go to Thailand too.
Love that region of the world. Thailand is on my list of must see soon spots!
Julie Blanner says
How cute! I know my girls would just love these pretty pink marshmallows! And your decorations are beautiful too.
Thanks so much!
Maria @ kitchenathoskins says
These look so gorgeous. I've never made marshamllows and I can't wait to try this recipe next week. I have a pack of freeze dried strawberries from Trader Joes. This is just a delicious way to use them
I love it with the strawberries, but you could also use other freeze dried fruits for flavors. I didn't even realize Trader Joe carried the freeze dried strawberries! Already on my grocery list for the next Trader Joe run 🙂
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These are beautiful, and I'll bet they're delicious too. I like that you used ground up freeze-dried strawberries, what a great idea!
Thanks Sue! Yes, they are quite yummy. The strawberries gave it a nice flavor and so much better than using an extract.