Red Velvet Marshmallows from Amber at Salt Tree

Today I have a very special treat from our friend Amber over at Salt Tree. She’s sharing a great recipe for homemade marshmallows, but not just any marshmallows— Red Velvet Marshmallows!  These are sure to be festive and sweet treat for the holidays!

Salt TreeHi Folks!  I’m Amber and I blog over at SaltTree.  I’ve been blogging for the past 3 years on food, family and crafts.  You’ll find many tutorials and recipes that are not only easy to accomplish, but use common supplies or ingredients, making them very accessible.

A big thank you to Jerri for having me here at Simply Sweet Home.  I’m excited to be here!


Red Velvet MarshmallowsToday im sharing a sugary, decadent treat that’s perfect for the winter months, and even more perfect to wrap up and gift.  I shared a basic marshmallow recipe and tutorial on my own blog last year, then another version  making cut out snowflake marshmallows recently.  But now… and this was inevitable in my opinion… red velvet marshmallows.  Yes…. I went there and they are delicious!

If you have never made marshmallows before, don’t be intimidated.  They do take a long time from start to finish, but hands on time is minimal.  Another point to mention is be sure you have the appropriate tools; a candy thermometer, and an electric stand mixer.

To make it easier, I have divided the ingredients into groups, for each stage.  Let’s do this!

1/2 cup cold water
3 envelopes of gelatin

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp boiling water

1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp liquid red food colouring
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Red Velvet Marshmallow RecipeIn the bowl for your mixer, add the water and gelatin.  Allow the gelatin to bloom for about 20 minutes.

In another bowl or a measuring cup, add the 1/4 +2 Tbsp of water and 1/3 cup of cocoa.  Mix it until it forms a bit of a muddy consistency.

In a medium saucepan on over medium heat, add the granulated sugar, corn syrup, 1/3 cup of water, food colouring and salt.  Stir so the sugar and corn syrup dissolve.

Red Velvet Marshmallow Recipe 2Crank the temp to high and boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.  Don’t leave it unattended at this stage.

Add cocoa mixture to gelatin, mix on medium low until combined.  Once sugar mixture has come up to temp, carefully pour into the gelatin mix with the mixer running on low speed.  Once it is incorporated, start raising the speed until on the highest setting.  Let mixer go for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and glossy.  Drape your mixer with a tea towel if you find it is splattering in the beginning.

Wrapped DishThis step is sooo important, I gave it it’s own, full size picture.  Line a 9×13 casserole dish with plastic wrap.  Lightly oil the plastic wrap covering the entire inside of the dish.

Pour your marshmallow mixture into the dish and spread it as best you can.  Lay out another piece of plastic wrap onto your work surface.  Again, lightly oil the plastic wrap, then invert it onto the marshmallow mixture, so oiled side is touching the marshmallow.

Press the plastic wrap to smooth and even out the surface.  Allow to set for at least 10 hours.  Do not refrigerate, just leave it on your counter.

Red Velvet MarshmallowPeel off the plastic wrap.  Dust the now exposed surface of the marshmallow slab with your cocoa / icing sugar mixture, also spreading some of the mixture onto your work surface.  Turn the slab out onto your work surface and remove the remaining plastic wrap.  Dust the remaining surface of the slab with the cocoa / icing sugar mixture.

With a knife or a pizza cutter, slice the slab into squares as big or small as you like.  You may find it helpful to dust your blade with the cocoa mixture as you work.  If the blade gets really sticky, give it a quick rinse, dry it off and continue.

Dredge the cut sections in the cocoa / icing sugar mixture so that all sides are coated.  Shake off excess.  If you like your marshmallows soft and squishy, store them in an air tight container.  If you like them a bit more dried out (like me), leave them out for a day or so then store in a covered container.

Homemade Red Velvet MarshmallowsThese pretty mallows would make fab gifts to friends, coworkers or neighbours.  They’ll ooooohhh and ahhhhh at your kitchen prowess and love the thoughtfulness of a homemade gift.


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  1. Ohhh these sound delicious, and the consistency of them looks just perfect!

  2. These look so good! i can’t wait to try them 🙂

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