Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Rachel Haas
Hands-on Time
50 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 50 Mins
Serves 26 (serving size: 3 marshmallows)

For a more pronounced chocolate flavor, increase the cocoa powder in marshmallows.

How to Make It

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup water into a small microwave-safe bowl, and sprinkle with gelatin.

Step 2

Combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand until a candy thermometer registers 210°.

Step 3

Microwave gelatin mixture at HIGH for 20 seconds or until gelatin melts, stirring after 10 seconds. With mixer on low speed, beat sugar mixture using a whip attachment; gradually pour gelatin mixture in a thin stream into sugar mixture. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Increase speed to high; whip mixture at high speed until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Reduce mixer to medium speed, and gradually add 1/4 cup cocoa; beat until combined. Using a spatula coated with cooking spray, scrape mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; smooth top. Let stand 2 hours.

Step 4

Sift together powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons cocoa into a jelly-roll pan. Using an offset spatula coated with cooking spray, remove marshmallow from pan; place in sugar mixture. Using scissors well coated with powdered sugar mixture, cut marshmallows into 78 (1-inch) squares. Dust with powdered sugar mixture; shake to remove excess sugar mixture.

Step 5

Arrange marshmallows on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet. Place bittersweet chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over marshmallows; let stand until chocolate is set.

Ratings & Reviews

Sardonyx's Review

January 05, 2014
Making your own marshmallows is worth the effort. This recipe is very easy to follow and the results are impressive. We gift a batch of these to our foodie friends every holiday season.

Treadwell's Review

March 19, 2013
I made these and the orange marshmallows. They are so much tastier than packaged marshmallows! Will definitely make again.

mmeacham's Review

September 19, 2011
First time making marshmallows. They are wonderful! Super soft and chocolatey!