I was really nervous to make this Marshmallow Creme Recipe. But once I realized that it was easy to make and easy ingredients, I knew I had to give it a try.

This Marshmallow Creme Recipe is easier to make than you think. Why buy your own marshmallow cream when you create it at home for less!

Marshmallow Cream is delicious and perfect for my favorite dessert recipes!

The other day I shared with you the Best Fruit Dip Recipe. It only has three ingredients, so it is very easy (and it tastes great, too).

One thing that I started thinking about after I made this recipe was how I could make it a little more frugally.  The preserves and cream cheese wasn’t too pricey, but I was really surprised at how much the marshmallow creme cost.

Is Marshmallow Cream Filling too complicated to make?

There really isn’t much to making Marshmallow Cream, so why did it cost so much? After reading about how to make marshmallow cream, I realized how easy and cost effective it was to make my own.

Well, I figured it was finally time for me to see how to make marshmallow creme for myself. With only a few ingredients and a candy thermometer, I could make marshmallow cream at home.

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a bowl being whisked.

What is Marshmallow Cream made of?

When I first decided to attempt this recipe, I was surprised by what is in homemade marshmallow creme.  I originally thought it was just melted marshmallows! 

It only takes a few ingredients and if you love to bake, I bet you already have them in your pantry.

What does it taste like?

If you love marshmallows then you are going to love Marshmallow Cream. It is soft and creamy and perfect with peanut butter, banana, or on top of a cupcake.

We even like it mixed in with a favorite smoothie.

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a mason jar.

Marshmallow Cream Ingredients: 

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Egg whites
  • Cream of tartar
  • Vanilla extract

It only takes 6 ingredients to make your own homemade marshmallow creme. But 1 of these ingredients is water so I don’t think it really counts.

Ok, now that you have everything you need for this recipe, let’s learn how to make your own marshmallow cream substitute.

Close up image of ingredients needed for Marshmallow Cream.

How to make Marshmallow Fluff:

  • First in a small saucepan combine the water, corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Whisk occasionally.
  • Heat the mixture until candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
  • While the hot sugar mixture is heating, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in. Make sure to use a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • Beat on medium speed to medium high speed until soft peaks form.  This should occur after about 2 minutes of mixing.
Close up image of marshmallow cream in a stand mixer.
  • When the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove from heat.
  • Then with your mixer on low, slowly add sugar mixture to the egg whites.
  • Once all of the sugar mixture has been added, turn the mixer to medium-high. You will then whip until stiff peaks form, about 7-9 minutes.
Close up image of Marshmallow Cream after being whisked.

  • Next stir in the vanilla extract during the last minute of the whipping time. The mixture will be thick and glossy white.
  • Spoon the marshmallow creme and scrap the sides of the bowl into a storage container. You’ll want to save every last drop of this delicious recipe!
Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a mason jar.

How do you store Homemade Marshmallow Creme?

You can store your homemade marshmallow creme in an air tight container for up to six weeks at room temperature.

Also, I like making a double batch of this recipe and freezing the leftovers. It is great to have delicious marshmallow creme on hand whenever I want to make a delicious dessert for my family!

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a mason jar.

How to thicken marshmallow fluff: 

The cream of tartar is the star ingredient in this recipe.  I recommend that you don’t skip this ingredient.  This is what gives this marshmallow fluff a creamier texture and helps thicken the cream.

If you find that your homemade marshmallow fluff is too runny, I recommend mixing in a little more cream of tartar. You can then achieve the consistency that you desire.

Homemade Marshmallow Cream Recipe really is this easy!

I was surprised by how easy this recipe was to create. This made the equivalent of about 2 ½ containers of the store bought creme at a fraction of the cost. Whenever I need to make a fruit dip I will definitely be using my homemade marshmallow creme.

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a mason jar with a serving on a spoon.

How do you like to enjoy your Marshmallow Fluff?

Like I said before, I love using this recipe to make fudge or my favorite fruit dip.  However, there are so many uses for this delicious recipe.

You can create Marshmallow Cream Frosting with this recipe and use this to top your favorite cupcakes.  This recipe is also perfect to make delicious Rice Krispie treats for my kids to enjoy.

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream being whisked.

Other uses for Marshmallow Creme:

My kids love making Marshmallow Creme and Peanut Butter sandwiches.  The sweetness of this creme is delicious paired with the peanut butter. You can make these sandwiches with bread or crackers.

Also, I love using this as a simple and easy topping to put on graham crackers or even ice cream.  There are so many uses for this delicious marshmallow creme recipe that I know your entire family will enjoy it!

This Marshmallow Creme Recipe is easier to make than you think. Why buy your own marshmallow cream when you create it at home for less!

Can you make homemade marshmallow fluff without eggs? 

If you are allergic to eggs or following a Vegan diet, you can create an eggless marshmallow fluff recipe. Try this recipe by using Aquafaba instead of the egg whites and corn syrup in this recipe.

Aquafaba is a great egg substitute.  It is essentially the water that chick peas have been cooked in.  I haven’t used this before when baking but have heard that it works great to create meringues and marshmallow fluff.

Close up image of Marshmallow Cream in a mason jar with a serving on the spoon.

Print this Marshmallow Creme Recipe below:

How to make Marshmallow Creme

4.91 from 10 votes
how to make marshmallow creme – don’t spend your money on the store bought when you can makemarshmallow creme at home!
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 20
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 68
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, heat water, sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Whisk occasionally. Heat mixture until candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
  • While the sugar mixture is heating, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high until soft peaks form (about 2 minutes).
  • When the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove from heat.
  • With your mixer on low, slowly add sugar mixture to the egg whites.
  • Once all of the sugar mixture is added, turn the mixer to medium-high and whip until stiff peaks form, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Stir in vanilla during last minute of whipping. Mixture will be thick and glossy white.
  • Store in air tight container for up to two weeks.

Recipe Notes

Making your own marshmallow creme is easy and extremely frugal! It is definitely worth making your own.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 68kcal, Carbohydrates 17g, Sodium 13mg, Potassium 11mg, Sugar 17g, Calcium 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    And much better for you–thanks! Haven’t tried it yet but looking forward to when I need it.

  2. would i be able to use glucose syrup in stead of corn syrup because i don’t have corn syrup where i am

  3. Sounds great…. was wondering if I could make a raspberry or strawberry cream…the grands used to love these but they’re impossible to find without paying an arm and a leg

  4. Hi Carrie! Awesome recipe, also very dangerous because I could consume this stuff with a spoon… But, I’m just making sure that to store this stuff, do I need to refrigerate? Or is a dry cool space alright too?

  5. Would I be able to put this on top of a cake and brown it some under a broiler? I need to make a s’mores cake and I don’t have a hand tourch to brown it.

  6. 5 stars
    I was wondering if honey could be used in place of corn syrup. I have substituted it in other recipes and the results were favorable.

  7. Thank you for posting all the wonderful homemade recipes. I’m really happy for you that you’ve discovered the wonderful world of homemade marshmallow cream & how inexpensive it is compared to store bought. I’ve been making it since 1980 as m son has an adverse reaction to artificial colors, flavors, etc.
    Again, Thanks for all the WONDERFUL recipes!

  8. Thank you so much for inspiring me to try this. I love it and will never buy Fluff again

  9. Hi, Carrie, my name is Annabelle.
    I am a blind woman who absolutely loooooooooooooooooooooves to cook! And I’m one of those girlies who I guess you could say is a sweetoholic! I’d like to try making marshmallow cream one of these days, and I wonder, is it possible to substitute light molasses for the corn syrup? Since October 15, 2017, I’ve been trading preservatives for quality ingredients, and I bet this stuff will taste like paradise! I’ve even been making my own homemade chocolate candy, as I have molds that can shape it into any shapes you like! I’m going to try to make marshmallow cream bunnies for Easter this year, and I wonder where I can find a silicone mold of bunny shapes.

  10. Hi Carrie!
    I recently made your marshmallow creme recipe a few months ago in April of this year, and I’ve gotta say, it tastes like Heaven in the stars! I put it in the middle of candy bars, and I even put it in the middle of a cake. In other words, I make a cream cake! Yum-ers! It’s so incredible. You may find this unbelievable, but I substituted the corn syrup with honey, since I’m trying to stay away from artificial preservatives. I buy raw clover honey at Winco, and it tastes like paradise! However, after two months in the fridge, the marshmallow creme got a little bit brown on the bottom. I’m confused! is that from the egg whites,? I rate this recipe a solid 5 stars. How about 10 stars. maybe even 1,000,000,000,000,000 stars!

  11. 5 stars
    This is amazing! I didn’t think it was possible to make marshmellows at home, and certainly not this easily. CAn’t believe how delicious it is.
    Only thing is, this recipe makes so much I dont know what to do with it all…!
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  12. Hi Carrie,
    I see nutrition information, but I don’t see the serving size. Do you have that info?
    Thanks,
    Lois

  13. It’s hard to put an exact measurement on the serving size as each batch will be differently depending on how the egg whites fluff up. I would say the serving is approximately 1/2-3/4 of a cup. Thanks!

  14. It says in the post thematic the eggs are cooked. I don’t see that. Recipe says to beat egg whites. Can you explain further, please

  15. I’m sorry for that confusion. I have updated the post to make it more clear. We beat the egg whites for this recipe. Thank you.

  16. Yes, this would work great to make Rice Krispie treats. I would use approximately 7 oz of the creme with 6 cups of the cereal. I hope you enjoy them!

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you so very much. This is absolutely delicious and I so appreciate learning that it can be made so easily at home with regular corn syrup (which is much healthier than the “high fructose” corn syrup used by commercial brands). And I also never knew you could freeze marshmallow creme!!! It froze beautifully, and now I will always have some on hand. Again, many thanks for your wonderful post.