Creating Clouds: How to Make Marshmallow Fluff from Marshmallows

Ever wondered, “Can I make marshmallow fluff from marshmallows?” The answer…Yes!

This is a magic cooking trick that is sure to deliver delicious rewards. Read on to learn how to use marshmallows to make your own marshmallow fluff at home!

How to Make Marshmallow Fluff with Marshmallows

We’ve shown you that its possible to make delicious marshmallow fluff at home, starting from scratch. However, it’s not the only way to make the fluffy stuff.

And happily, it’s an extremely easy procedure that requires only two ingredients and just a few minutes of your time. The resulting fluff is the stuff of dreams: full of marshmallow-y flavor, and fresher-tasting than the kind from the jar. You can use it anywhere you’d normally use fluff, from fluffernutter sandwiches to a topping for a s’mores pie or cake or even a tasty ice cream topping.

How long will it keep after making it?

This fluff will lose its airiness within a day or two after it is made, so it is suggested that you use the homemade fluff shortly after you make it. Luckily, it can be made in small batches so you can have fluff to order, in minutes.

Do I have to use corn syrup? I’d prefer not to.

Simple syrup

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This recipe can be made without corn syrup: instead, use the same amount of simple syrup, which is made with sugar and water. To make simple syrup, simply combine equal parts sugar and water (1:1 ratio). Boil it over low heat until the mixture begins to thicken but not brown.

This fluff recipe calls for only a small amount of corn or simple syrup, but if you make simple syrup, you can keep it on hand for a myriad of other projects, such as homemade mojitos or even to sweeten morning coffee.

Can I use jumbo marshmallows instead of mini?

Yes, you can. Mini-marshmallows tend to be easier to measure than their larger counterparts, but you can use this quick trick to ensure you get the right ratio: 8-10 large ones typically equal 1 cup of miniature marshmallows. To help them melt quicker and more evenly, slice the jumbo marshmallows in half or quarters before starting the recipe.

Can I use homemade marshmallows?

Homemade marshmallows

Yes, you can use your delicious homemade marshmallows to make fluff! However, you might need to increase the amount of corn or simple syrup in the recipe to 1 1/2 teaspoons per 1 cup of marshmallows. Start by adding the called-for amount. If the mixture isn’t smooth enough, add the extra quantity. Do cut these marshmallows before measuring to ensure that you can measure a cup without too much air in the vessel.

Will it brown under the broiler?

To the best of our experimentation, yes. The homemade fluff seems to react pretty much in the same way as the kind from the jar.

Any other tips?

Like fluff or melted marshmallows, slightly wet or buttered hands will help in handling the mixture to avoid it sticking to you. Spraying your storage container with non-stick spray can work wonders, too.

Homemade marshmallow fluff made from marshmallows:

Sticky, gooey, yummy fluff


  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows (or 10 large)
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup (or simple syrup)

Note: This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled. Simply stick to the same ratio listed above.

Step 1:

Melt the marshmallows in a double boiler over low heat. You’ll notice that the marshmallows progress from solid to sort of liquid-like with lumps; when they have begun to become sticky, add the corn syrup or simple syrup. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.

Fluff, melting

Step 2:

Any remaining lumps will gradually give way to a smooth, sticky mixture. The mixture is easier to transfer while hot, so transfer from the top of the double boiler to a storage container while it is still quite warm.

Mixing up fluff
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32 Responses to “Creating Clouds: How to Make Marshmallow Fluff from Marshmallows”

  1. David

    But they aren’t the same. Fluff is superior to the generic marshallow cream. I think it’s airier or something, but fluff would prevail in a blind taste-test.

  2. Megan

    If my recipe is calling for 7 ounces of marshmallow cream, how do I know how much of this homemade to make based on 10 large marshmallows, and 1 teaspoon of corn syrup?

    • Customer Service


      So in order to get 7 ounces of Fluff – you would want to triple the recipe.
      When I weighed 10 large marshmallows they weighed 63g, add the corn syrup (4g) for a total of 67g.
      Since 7 ounces is 198g – 198/67 = 3.14
      So tripling it will be enough and give you a little extra.
      Happy Baking!
      Chef Colette

  3. Stephanie

    I was wondering…is the double boiler really necessary? I’ve made hundreds of batches of rice krispie treats, and not once have I come close to scorching the marshmallows in a pan.

    • Customer Service

      Hello Stephanie,
      Great question! I have submitted this question to our expert. We respond to your question soon. Thank you! #44794

    • Customer Service

      Hello Stephanie,

      Thank you our Expert has responded. No, it’s not necessary if you stay with the pan and moderate the heat.
      As a pastry chef – I often made them in bulk using two large roasting pans on the burners
      to first melt the butter and marshmallows and then add the cereal.
      But not everyone can be 100% vigilant so the Chef opted for the double boiler in the class
      so that everyone would be successful – even if they stepped away.
      Happy Baking!
      Chef Colette
      Again we appreciate your reaching out. Thank you again.
      Sincerely, Sarah, Craftsy

  4. jen

    This is not fluff. Just melted marshmallows until they get sticky and hardened from corn syrup.

  5. Eric

    Do it all in one microwave pyrex measuring cup:
    Put 1 tsp water and 1 tsp sugar in a pyrex cup. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, mix with spoon to make sure sugar is melted.
    Pour in about a cup of mini marshmallows. Microwave for 15 seconds (because the pyrex is already hot). Mix with spoon until smooth and giggle with glee.

    • Customer Service


      Yes, marshmallow creme is marshmallow fluff – it can’t be called fluff because it is trademarked but they are
      the same thing.
      Happy Baking!

  6. Mary A Walton

    I would love to mix this with different fillings for chocolate candies middle creams. Like peanut. butter, lemon, apricot etc.The main two ingredients for the fillings

  7. Ember Palmer

    So for reference: I quadrupled this recipe. 40 normal size marshmallows to 4 tsp of corn syrup. I got a cup and a three quarters of fluff.

  8. Gabriella Peto

    Thank you can’t wait to try it. Wasn’t sure if it could be done. G

  9. Karen

    I doubled the recipe, and it made a little less than a cup, so the recipe as is might make a 1/3 of a cup or so.