Homemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating Ideas

I don’t know what it is about Valentine’s Day this year, but I keep coming up with lots of ideas I want to share with you all.  Maybe because the last year of my life was spent wedding planning and I have decorating, party planning, and love on the brain.

Homemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating Ideas

But without getting too Sandra Lee on you, I had this idea for a black and white table set up or “tablescape” as she would call it.  I had been thinking about making homemade marshmallows for a while and kept thinking how pretty it would look with big white marshmallows floating in dark hot chocolate or coffee.

Homemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating Ideas

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the pictures we put on the tables.  Old pictures in wallet size of our grandparents and parents.  I don’t know how we got so lucky to have so many adorable pictures of them.  But they are all so sweet.  And paired with a lacy tablecloth and a couple of old hats I thought it made the perfect Valentine’s Day table.

Homemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating Ideas

There is just something so romantic about seeing those who raised you and raised your parents when they were young and newly in love.  And there is a parallel between where they were in their life at this time and where we are now.  I hope someday our grandchildren will think our pictures are just as cute and romantic as we think these are.

Homemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating IdeasHomemade Marshmallows and Vintage Valentine Decorating Ideas

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows


  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray


  1. Put the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment with 1/2 cup of the water.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, and continue to cook until a candy thermometer raches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
  3. Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.
  4. While the mixture is whipping prepare your pan. Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Grease a half sheet pan with non-stick spray and lightly coat it with the sheet pan with the confectioner’s sugar mixture, making sure you coat the bottom and the sides completely. Knock the extra back into the bowl.
  5. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  6. Use a cookie cutter of your choosing to stamp out the marshmallows. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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  1. Yum! I have always wanted to try home-made marshmallows. Though I will probably cut them into something other than hearts, in general protest of men 🙂

  2. Homemade marshmallows and a candy thermometer! Keep this up and you WILL shame me into cooking properly one day.

    • I know. I’m getting fancy here. I guess I should have mentioned that if you wanted to go all out Sandra Lee on this you should wear all black and white and change all if the decorations in your kitchen to black and white too…

  3. Homemade marshmallows, awesome. Love the heart shapes, so fitting for Valentine’s.

  4. Love this idea! I’m not sure I’m skilled enough in the kitchen to try this yet, but I love the heart shapes.

  5. beautiful photo. I would love to know how you made the hot cocoa.

  6. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-cocoa-recipe/index.html I used this recipe last year to make hot chocolate mix. I had some left over that I used for these pictures. Haven’t made a new batch yet this winter because it hasn’t been cold enough for hot chocolate.

  7. How cute are these! These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! 🙂 Fabulous blog you have, so glad to be your newest follower! xoxo

  8. wow…sniff sniff…amazing story…amazing family…sigh…I hope I get there one day 🙂

  9. Glad I ran into this Blog, this is definitely top of the line and very pleasing to the eye. Amazing work.

  10. Thanks for the friend request on foodbuzz. I buzzed ya!

    These marshmallows are adoroable! And I’m loving your ideas for a tablescape. 🙂

    Happy Cooking!

  11. Sure going to try this. Buzzed you.

  12. Oh I’d love to try making my own marshmallows. I’ve heard they taste so much better than the store kind.

  13. Your visuals are beautiful! 🙂

  14. These are adorable! I think even my tough honey would melt a little if I put one of these in his coffee with a little mocha on Valentine’s Day!

  15. I have to admit, marshmallows kind of scare me. But the pictures you took are gorgeous, such wonderful colors 🙂

  16. this is yummy, and eggless too. loved all the pictures


  17. These are adorable! I’ve never made homemade marshmallows before. I think I’m going to have to steal your Valentines Day table too, I love your idea to use old pictures of your grandparents!

  18. Sorry I typed my name in wrong in the above post, oops! Kristina*….

  19. Oh my word I LOVE your blog–I was totally born in the wrong era too!! I’m just in love with everything about this, I’m so excited to read everything! I also wanted to thank you for the FoodBuzz FR,and hope you’ll enjoy mine too! 🙂

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  22. Do you think I can substitute maple syrup for corn syrup?

    • Hi Julie, I have not tried maple syrup with this recipe so it is hard to know. Maple syrup and corn syrup are both invert sugars, so it is possible it will work, but cane syrup or brown rice syrup would probably be better substitutions. Again, I have not tried these substitutions so it is difficult to know if they will work as well.

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