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5 from 3 votes

Southern Marshmallows

Nothing like you've ever tried before, fluffy, delicious and not a drop of corn syrup.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Debbie


  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sorghum syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer.
  • Stir together granulated sugar, next 2 ingredients, and 1/2 cup water in a 4 1/2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; cover and cook 3 minutes, bringing to a boil.
  • Uncover and boil, stirring often, until syrup thickens and a candy thermometer registers 240° (about 8 to 12 minutes; lower heat as necessary to prevent mixture from boiling over).
  • Gradually add hot sugar mixture to gelatin mixture, beating mixture at low speed, using whisk attachment, 30 seconds or until blended. Increase speed to high (cover bowl with a towel to prevent splattering); beat 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture cools to room temperature and is thick but still pourable.
  • Whisk together cornstarch and powdered sugar.
  • Dust a buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixture.
  • Pour marshmallow mixture into prepared dish; smooth with a lightly greased spatula.
  • Dust with 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch mixture.
  • Cover remaining cornstarch mixture tightly, and reserve.
  • Let marshmallow mixture stand, uncovered, in a cool, dry place 8 to 14 hours or until dry enough to release from baking dish and no longer sticky.
  • Invert marshmallow slab onto cutting board; cut into squares (about 1 inch each). Toss squares in reserved powdered sugar mixture to coat.
  • Store marshmallows in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.


Brush or rub a 1-inch border of 1 tsp. vegetable oil around the top of saucepan to prevent sugar from boiling to the top.
When beating, resist the urge to clean the sides of the bowl and beater.