What’s not to love about marshmallow fluff? This airy, sweet concoction is literally the stuff of dreams and this is easily the quickest fluff recipe you’ll find.
Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
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You could buy a jar of marshmallow fluff at the grocery store, but why? Once you learn how to make your own marshmallow fluff at home, you’ll realize that it is such an easy recipe.
Homemade marshmallow creme is way better than any jar of marshmallow creme and you can just spread it on anything. You could use it on microwaved s’mores, toss it on some brownies, or you can throw a dollop on your ice cream.
Honestly, my favorite use for this marshmallow cream it is to make Massachusetts’s state sandwich, the fluffernutter- super popular in New England.
Grab two slices of white bread, slather them both with peanut butter, and then spread a generous amount of fluff in between. Smack those two slices together and chow down. You could add the likes of banana, other fresh fruit or honey (or bacon?) but it’s most delicious in its pure form.
Uses for Fluff
You could also use this recipe to garnish some beverages. It would be perfect plopped atop a whipped hot chocolate, but it would also be amazing with an espresso or white chocolate martini. Serve it with peppermint whipped cream.
While most of the uses for marshmallow fluff are dessert-based, don’t sleep on the options for sweetening some savory dishes. Toss this fluff into your Thanksgiving yams, or just top an everyday sweet potato with it.
Why You’ll Love Marshmallow Fluff
- Accessible– most of the simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Who doesn’t love that?
- Fast– all of the ingredients come together quickly to make this quick treat that you can store.
- Versatile– you can use this marshmallow fluff on anything from sweet to savory dishes. It’s great as a fruit dip, for dipping graham crackers or even in whoopie pies. Get creative!
- Water – use your own tap water or whatever you prefer, just make sure that it’s room temperature or warm water so that it mixes well with the other ingredients.
- Granulated sugar – granulated sugar dissolves so perfectly in baking recipes and will work well in this recipe, melting in the syrup.
- Light corn syrup – using light corn syrup makes sure that when a baked good cools it doesn’t have a grainy texture.
- Egg whites, room temperature – leave your eggs out for about an hour to make sure that they’ve lost their chill from the fridge.
- Cream of tartar – this handy ingredient help to stabilize egg whites while it also acts as a leavening agent and prevents sugar from crystallizing. It does all the things it needs to for this marshmallow fluff recipe.
- Vanilla extract – if you have it in the cabinet, use it. If not, make vanilla extract easily!
How To Make Marshmallow Fluff
- Combine water, sugar and corn syrup. In a medium sized saucepan that is fairly heavy, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup.
- Use a candy thermometer. Fit the pan with a candy thermometer and set the stove to medium-high heat. Do not stir – allow the mixture to bubble.
- Whisk egg whites. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Alternatively, you can use a large mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
- Remove sugar mixture from heat. When the sugar syrup reaches 240°F, remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Combine. Next, very slowly (and in a steady stream), pour the sugar mixture into the peaked egg whites while mixing on medium speed. When the mixture is fully combined, continue to mix, increasing the speed to medium-high.
- Whip. The mixture of the syrup and eggs will first deflate, but then will return to a thickened state. Continue to whip the marshmallow fluff mixture before adding the vanilla.
- Cool. Once all ingredients are incorporated, allow the mixture to cool completely on the countertop.
- Store. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
- Peanuts– either add crushed peanuts, peanut butter chips, or drizzle some melted peanut butter into this marshmallow fluff to add some nutty flavor.
- Chocolate– throw in some chocolate chips or chocolate sauce or even cocoa powder to kick this up a notch.
- Candy– chop up your favorite candy (think: Butterfingers, chocolate bars, or Reese’s peanut butter cups) and stir it into this fluff.
- Fruit– grab some fresh or dried fruit (and chop as necessary). Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries or even dried bananas will work well
Other Marshmallow Concoctions
- 1/3 cup water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 3 large egg whites room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium heavy bottom saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Place over medium-high heat.
- Do not stir, the mixture will bubble.
- Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer with whisk attachment. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- When the sugar syrup reaches 240·°F, remove the heat and very slowly and in a steady stream, pout the sugar mixture into the egg whites while on medium speed. If you are using a hand mixer, you might need a set of extra hands.
- When it is fully combined, continue to whisk, increasing the speed to medium-high. The mixture will first deflate, but will thicken back up. Continue to whip for 7-8 minutes, then whisk in the vanilla.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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