I have nearly a dozen recipes here on Brown Eyed Baker that call for marshmallow creme… things such as fruit dip, homemade Hostess cupcakes, six-layer chocolate cake with toasted marshmallow filling and malted chocolate frosting (yes, it’s a doozy!) and homemade Snickers bars, among others. Marshmallow creme is one of those things that I admittedly take for granted, since it is on a shelf in the baking aisle of nearly every grocery store in the United States. However, it’s not readily available in most other parts of the world, and it’s the source of some of the most-asked questions I receive on recipes that include it as an ingredient. The great news is that you can make your own! I’ve been wanting to make it from scratch for awhile, and I also wanted to provide an alternative to those that want so badly to make those recipes that call for it, but can’t find it. Homemade marshmallow creme only requires one saucepan, a mixer, candy thermometer and about 20 minutes of time.
Whether you’re baking with it, or using it to create the ultimate Fluffernutter sandwich, a batch of homemade marshmallow creme will definitely serve you well.
What’s your favorite thing to make with marshmallow creme?
Combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
While the sugar mixture is boiling, add the egg whites and cream of tartar to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. The egg whites should be ready and waiting when the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees F. If the egg whites reach soft peaks before the sugar mixture reaches its temperature, turn off the mixer.
Once the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees F, turn the mixer speed to low and very slowly drizzle the syrup down the side of the mixer bowl. Once all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the mixture has cooled substantially, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add the vanilla extract during the last minute or two of beating.
Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.