Homemade Marshmallow Creme
Homemade Marshmallow Creme is so much more delicious than store bought, and easier to make than you think! Use it in meringues, frostings, as a filling, or any type of s’more dessert!
I made a very special cake for my son’s 11th birthday a few weeks ago, so I owe my next two posts to him. Why? Not just because he had a birthday and the dessert was solely for that, but because all of it was his idea. Let’s just say the boy knows what he wants. 🙂
I won’t get into the nitty gritty on the rest of the dessert, except to say that it was very special indeed. It wouldn’t have been what it was without this very important element right here — homemade marshmallow creme. 🙂
I don’t use a lot of pre-made ingredients at the store because there are way to many things in them that I can’t pronounce. Yup, I’ve used pre-made marshmallow creme before.
The key word here is “before” — before I knew how easy it was to make my own, and before I knew how much better a homemade marshmallow tasted. I fell for homemade marshmallows last winter when I made my Peppermint Marshmallows, and figured if a homemade marshmallow tasted that much better, than homemade marshmallow creme had to be just as good.
Of course it was. 🙂
How to make marshmallow creme
I mentioned how easy homemade marshmallow creme is to make, and is it ever. You simply place sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan with a candy thermometer clipped to it, so you know exactly when the mixture comes to softball stage, or 240 degrees.
You can see as the mixture goes up in temperature, it’s really bubbly and foamy. You have to take it off the heat right at softball stage, and pour the mixture in a slow, steady stream into some egg whites that have been whipped to very soft peaks.
The trick is making sure to pour the mixture down the back of the mixing bowl of a stand mixer to keep the syrup in the bottom of the bowl and not on the top of the wire whip.
Let’s just say if it does get on the wire whip, the syrup is whipped around into sticky strings that get stuck in the darnedest places and very warm water will be needed to get it off. Yeah, that happened to me a little bit. 🙂
Once all the syrup is in the mixing bowl, you whip it until it has glossy, firm peaks and has cooled quite a bit, about 6-7 minutes. It will look like this:
How to use marshmallow creme
The fun part comes next, because you can use this so many ways! Meringues, frostings, fillings, toasted in s’mores, and the list goes on. Yes, it is sticky, but it’s so worth the homemade taste that you get.
And if you store it in the fridge it will last up to two weeks in an air tight container. That’s two weeks of marshmallow creme bliss right there. 🙂
More marshmallow recipes you’ll love:
Homemade Marshmallow Creme
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the wire whip attachment and whisk gently to combine. Set aside.
- Place the granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, and pinch of salt in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer over medium high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Heat the mixture until it comes to softball stage, or 240 degrees, and immediately remove from heat.
- When the mixture is almost to softball stage, begin whipping the egg whites and cream of tartar just until they have soft peaks. Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and add the hot syrup down the back of the mixing bowl away from the wire whip in a slow, steady stream. Be careful not to add too much at once or the egg whites will cook.
- Once all of the syrup has been added, whip on medium high speed for 6-7 minutes, or until the creme has stiff, glossy peaks and has cooled considerably. Add the vanilla extract and beat 2 minutes more.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
- Recipe adapted from Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Server.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
43 Comments on “Homemade Marshmallow Creme”
This looks gorgeous! Love the way the creme looks on the mixer.
Thank you, Medha! It was hard not to dive into the bowl, and I might have had it not been so sticky. haha
I seriously LOVE marshmallow creme! I was marshmallowless for over a decade (until I found marshmallows without gelatin recently) and pretty much ate the storebought stuff any time I was craving a marshmallow, which was basically any time anyone anywhere mentioned marshmallows. Love this homemade version!
It was nice and easy making this compared to regular marshmallows because obviously it doesn’t call for gelatin. It’s good stuff, and I had no idea marshmallow creme could taste so much better! Thanks, Kelly, and have a great Monday. 🙂
Meringue is one of those things that I’m a bit scared of trying to make, but I think that’s got to change. Thanks so much for the tips and I can’t wait to see what you made with this!
Anything marshmallow always used to scare me…actually, pretty much anything where I would have to use a candy thermometer did! It’s super easy, and if I can do it, anybody can. Thanks, Helen, and have a great day!
Thank you, Alyssa! I was afraid to tackle marshmallow anything until last year and it’s actually really easy! I had no idea marshmallow creme could taste so good. 🙂
Since it’s so easy and you can make it ahead, I have no excuses not to make my own any more! Plus, yes, it tasted so SO much better!
This marshmallow creme looks amazing, Marcie! I never knew how easy this was! My brother was obsessed with fluff growing up, so this would be the perfect treat for him! I’ll have to remember this come his birthday! 🙂
I’ll bet your brother would love it then, Gayle! I was never a big marshmallow fluff person but this has changed my ways! 🙂
I have actually had a creation in mind for a while but I hadn’t started experimenting because I needed Marshmallow fluff and I didn’t really want to use store bought! I can’t wait to try this! I used to love a big spoon full of fluff on a salty cracker as a kid. It was the perfect salty/sweet combo!
I used store bought in a recipe last year and this is so much better! Fluff on a cracker sounds delicious! 🙂
This marshmallow creme looks great and like it would be the perfect partner to some whoopie pies!
Whoopie pies would be a great idea! I still haven’t made any, which needs to change!
Yum!! My brain is spinning with ideas of desserts that I could make with marshmallow creme. It looks amazing Marcie! 🙂
Thank you, Lisa! My brain is spinning too on what to do with the last cup!
Marcie, that looks super good.
Thanks, Kathy! 🙂
Oh my gosh….Just give me that entire mixing bowl and I will be a happy girl for the rest of my life. I am SO excited to try this recipe, Marcie! I ADORE marshmallow creme! 🙂
I hope you whip some up soon, Sarah! 🙂
I remember his birthday cake last year!! It was amazing and it was his idea too. Can’t wait to see what it is!! Plus anything that starts with marshmallow creme is amazing!!
You have a great memory, Zainab! My boy is very opinionated about his cake…and many other things too. haha Luckily, most of his ideas are great!
This looks amazing Marcie, and it makes me want to grab that beater and lick it clean! 🙂 I can just imagine all the great recipes I could put this on. And, I adore the photos – it helps to know what to expect as you go along! Thanks for the extra steps in this post. So, so, so, so helpful. Pinned!!!
The thing is, if you lick the beaters, you’re gonna be one sticky mess (but you’ll still probably enjoy it!). I wasn’t planning to do a separate post for this, but I realized there’s too many things one can do with this. 🙂 Thanks for the pin, and have a great day, Kristi!
Oh wow, this homemade marshmallow creme sounds amazing, Marcie! I had no idea you could make it yourself but I love it! It’s so pretty and I can’t wait to see what cake you made for your son’s bday 🙂 I know it will be incredible especially if it involves this marshmallow creme 🙂 Pinning!
Last year I adapted a recipe that called for homemade marshmallow creme and I skipped that step. I used store bought, and while it was good, I didn’t know the difference. Now I do, and I don’t think I’ll be skipping that step again! Thanks, Kelly, and have a great day!
Sounds good to me. Although it may never make it to another recipe before I eat it all straight out of the mixer bowl.
That is the problem — not eating it all with a spoon. haha Thanks, Gina!
Thank you, Joyti! 🙂
I’m glad you find this useful, and I hope you get your marshmallow creme fix soon! Thx for the pin, Mary Frances! 🙂
Ahh….I love homemade marshmallow. Looks so lick worthy! 🙂
It sure is, Melanie! 🙂
Oh man!! YUM! My wife is a HUGE marshmallow fan, so I’m thinking I need to make this for her. Most likely she’ll just eat it straight out of the bowl, but I see lots of fun possibilites for this marshmallow creme!
It’s highly sticky, so it might be a little hard to eat out of the bowl. Boy, would it be fun trying, though! haha
I was always intimidated with anything that required a thermometer, too. It’s really easy, though, and I hope you try it! I want to make a marshmallow meringue for a pumpkin pie this fall! 🙂
Homemade marshmallow creme is so much better than that store bought stuff. I made some last year and just loved how easy it was to make. There is no way I can buy it after tasting homemade. Great pictures 😀
You’re so right…I don’t think I can ever buy store bought again. Homemade tastes so much more airy and fresh! Thanks, Cindy, and have a great day! 🙂
I never knew either, Carol…I just knew it came from a factory. haha It’s ridiculously easy and SO fresh and airy. AAAAA-dicting. 🙂
Oh wow Marcie! This marshmallow creme looks amazing. I get so frustrated with the store bought stuff. It’s so hard to get out of the jar.
Truthfully, this is so sticky that it’s hard to get out of the bowl, but it’s so good it’s worth the effort!
WOW! This looks fantastic! Marshmallow Fluff is pretty hard to track down in Australia so exciting that you can make it at home.
Thank you, Jessica, and it tastes so much better than store bought. I don’t think I will ever buy it again! 🙂
I’m now imagining all of the wonderful things I could make with this marshmallow cream! It looks so good, I want to lick that whisk!! 😉 Pinned!