Marshmallow Kits: Because There’s No Time To Make Them

Marshmallow Kits

Marshmallow Kits

I had every intention of using my Grandmother’s recipe to make marshmallow treats for my son’s teachers.  However, after making the first batch of marshmallows, I came to my senses and realized what a daunting task this was. I knew myself well enough to know I would crack under the pressure to make perfectly formed marshmallows –exquisite enough to be presented as gifts. Of course, this revelation came the night before the Christmas parties.


Using the time I had left, I figured out a way to make the ingredients portable, measured them, and packaged them, complete with instructions. Here’s how I made marshmallow gift kits:

The ingredients:

  • Butter to coat the pan
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cornstarch for dusting
  • Sterilized canning jars held the corn syrup
  • To measure the sugar and corn syrup, I used a scale, and the kids helped make sure each bag was exactly right.
  • Pre-packaged plain Knox Gelatin packets, already sealed, were dropped into the bags
  • The sugar fit into a Ziploc bag.


  • Next, I copied and printed the recipe with my printer, complete with step by step instrcutions.
  • I used asterisks to highlight specific ingredients that were omitted, (water, salt, vanilla, and butter. Although a real vanilla bean would add a nice touch.)
  • The recipe was printed and rolled with a ribbon.
  • All the ingredients fit perfectly into a white paper bag, tied with a ribbon.
Marshmallow Kits

Marshmallow Kits

Phew! That was easy!

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2 comments on “Marshmallow Kits: Because There’s No Time To Make Them
  1. I love this idea! Your original post about making marshmallows DID inspire me and we used a different recipe (from Cooking for Engineers, of course! And yes, the Tour Manager is the one who found it) and you know what? I’m sure you know this.

    The home-made ones taste better. They’re a bit trickier to hold over a campfire, but they sure are yummier.

    Next up for me: the chocolate version, and making them in an 8×8 pan instead of 9×13. They might roast better that way.

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