Marshmallow Ropes Recipe

Unleash your creativity in the kitchen with these homemade Marshmallow Ropes. This fun and colorful candy is not just enjoyable to make but also a delightful treat to eat. Perfect for parties or as a crafty kitchen activity with kids, these twisted marshmallow ropes bring a splash of color and a touch of sweetness to any occasion.


  • Unflavored Gelatin Powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Cold Water: 3/4 cup (for gelatin)
  • Icing Sugar: 2 1/2 cups
  • Cornflour (Cornstarch): 3/4 cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Liquid Glucose: 3/4 cup
  • Water: 1/3 cup (for sugar mixture)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Food Coloring: Blue, yellow, pink


  1. Prepare the Gelatin:
    • Start by blooming the gelatin in cold water. Set it aside to allow it to swell and absorb the water.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • Sift together the icing sugar and cornstarch. This mixture will serve as your marshmallow powder coating later in the process.
  3. Cook the Sugar Mixture:
    • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, liquid glucose, and additional water. Cook this mixture until it reaches the soft-ball stage. Be careful to monitor the temperature to ensure it doesn’t burn or crystallize.
  4. Combine and Color:
    • Mix the bloomed gelatin with the hot sugar mixture, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
    • Add vanilla for flavoring.
    • Divide the mixture into different bowls and add different food coloring to each one to create various colors.
  5. Shape the Marshmallows:
    • Pour each colored mixture onto a flat, cornstarch-dusted surface.
    • Allow it to set slightly, then roll each color into long, thin ropes.
    • Twist different colored ropes together to create a multicolored twisted effect.
  6. Final Coating:
    • Roll the twisted ropes in the remaining marshmallow powder coating to prevent them from sticking.
  7. Set and Serve:
    • Allow the marshmallow ropes to set completely at room temperature.
    • Once set, they can be cut into pieces and enjoyed as a sweet treat.


  • Make sure the gelatin is fully bloomed before adding it to the hot sugar mixture to ensure smooth integration.
  • Work quickly when shaping the ropes as the mixture can start to set and become difficult to handle.
  • For a fun variation, experiment with different flavors by adding extracts like almond or mint in place of vanilla.


Q: How long can I store the marshmallow ropes? A: Marshmallow ropes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Q: Can I make these marshmallow ropes with natural food colorings? A: Yes, natural food colorings can be used in this recipe. Keep in mind they might not be as vibrant but will still produce beautiful results.

Prep Time

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • Servings: 12 servings


  • Candy


  • Cooking


  • American


  • Gluten-Free


Marshmallow Ropes are a delightful way to add fun and creativity to your confectionery creations. They’re perfect for engaging kids in the kitchen or adding a homemade touch to your party treats. With their vibrant colors and sweet flavor, these marshmallow ropes are sure to be a hit among guests of all ages. Enjoy the process and the delicious results of your candy-making adventure!

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