Homemade Marshmallow Fluff Recipe – Without Corn Syrup 22

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Store bought marshmallow fluff features corn syrup as its number one ingredient. That corn syrup is very likely made from GMO corn, so I just won’t buy it. Trouble is, my famous fudge recipe calls for a jar of fluff. When my friend Melanie at Frugal Kiwi shared a recipe several years ago for Corn Syrup-Free Marshmallows, I knew I’d found the solution. Instead of turning the mixture into marshmallows, I modified it into a marshmallow fluff recipe.

This is one of those recipes that’s deceptively simple to make, though you will have to spend a bit of time watching the candy thermometer as the mixture comes up to temperature.

Store bought fluff features corn syrup - likely GMO - as its number one ingredient. This marshmallow fluff recipe solves that problem, and it's easy to make!

Marshmallow Fluff Recipe with NO Corn Syrup

Makes about 3 cups

  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cool water
  • 1 cup granulated cane sugar (I prefer organic)
  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together gelatin and ¼ cup cool water in a large mixing bowl. (If you’ll be using your stand mixer, that’s the bowl you’ll want to use.)

Combine sugar, water, honey, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft ball stage on a candy thermometer (112-115 degrees C; 238-240 F).

Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, set mixer on low and slowly pour hot syrup over gelatin in mixing bowl. When thoroughly combined, increase speed to high. Beat until mixture becomes lukewarm and starts to get stretchy. With my stand mixer, I had a bowl full of bright white marshmallow fluff in about 10 minutes.

I make this once a year for the sole purpose of adding to my homemade fudge, but if you need to keep it longer you can store it for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

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22 thoughts on “Homemade Marshmallow Fluff Recipe – Without Corn Syrup

  • Liane Curtis

    I spoke with a representative of http://marshmallowfluff.com/ today, and their fluff does NOT use GMO modified corn in their corn syrup. In fact, after extensive lab testing, their fluff was approved for import to Germany, which strictly bans GMOs! So how about the cows and pigs whose hooves are used for the gelatin in your recipe? Have they been fed GMO modified grains, or been directly genetically modified? Just wondering.

  • Quinn

    THANK YOU for this recipe! Does this mean I can make my mama’s fudge again!?! Yea!!

  • Jeri

    Looks yummy ! I would use Great Lakes gelatin though 🙂

  • Jessica @ConveyAwareness

    Kris, do I absolutely need a candy thermometer or can I safely eye this one? I don’t have a candy thermometer as I don’t make candy ever but have made some super yummy toffee that I could eye. Pinned and shared, too. Thanks! =)

  • Devon

    Can this be made with maple syrup instead of the sugar?

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’ve not tried it, so can’t say. You try and report back! 😉

  • M

    Do you think it would work out to substitute agar or other vegetarian thickeners for the gelatin?

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’ve not tried this personally, but have heard from other people that agar does work. Report back?

  • Becca

    Do these ever harden like home made marshmallows do?

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’ve never kept it around long enough to know!

  • Tammy

    Thank you so much. I’m allergic to corn, corn syrup, etc. Obviously this limits ALOT of things I can eat at the grocery, but you just gave me some great recipe possibilities.

  • Daniela Vaca

    Could you please give me the ml meassurement on the water please? Im fron south America and meassurements change a lot

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      There must be an online converter? I have no idea how to do this. (I have the same struggle when I find recipes with metric/weight measurements!)

  • Daniela Vaca

    Actually if you could provide the recipe im weight that’d be amazing! Thanks!

  • Patty

    I found out recently that I have an allergy to all corn products, so I am excited that I can now have marshmallow fluff again. Thank you very much.