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Willy Wonka Series; Eatable Marshmallow Pillows

  • Author: Bryton Taylor; Food in Literature


Units Scale
  • spray oil
  • parchment paper
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 4.5 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
  • 1 cups corn syrup
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup gluten free corn starch
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Start by spraying the container with oil, and lay down some waxed parchment paper. Better yet, if you have a silicone pan, use that as it’s already non-stick. I used the Wilton Book Cake Pan for this, same pan I used for my Halloween Book of Spells cake back in 2011. Always great when you can reuse something you thought you bought for a one time use only. I’ve increased the amount of marshmallow from the same one as the violet marshmallow recipe. But realise you’re only filling one half of the pan. Any more, unless you have two mixers going at the same time, and you’re going to have a kitchen overflowing with marshmallow. Delicious, yes, but hell to clean up.
  2. Mix together the 1/2 cups each of corn starch and powdered sugar and sprinkle it over the container using a sifter.
  3. In the mixer add in 4.5 envelopes of gelatin (4.5 tbsp) and 1/3 cup of cold water. Leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, add in 3 cups white sugar, 1/3 cup water and 1 cup corn syrup (glucose syrup derived from corn) and bring to a boil.
  5. Let boil (I’ve been told to not stir sugar) until the temperature is 121oC (250oF). You’re fine up to 130oC (265oF). Past that, it won’t be marshmallow.
  6. Pour the boiled sugar mixture into the mixer with the gelatin and mix at medium to high speed.
  7. Add in 1/4 tsp of salt.
  8. Let mix for 15 minutes.
  9. Nearing the end, pour in the 5 tbsp of vanilla essence.
  10. Take a plastic spatula and scoop and smooth the marshmallow into the pan.
  11. Sprinkle with leftover cornstarch/powdered sugar mix.
  12. Let sit for several hours in a cool place.
  13. Meanwhile wash your equipment is hot water. It’s a sticky mess!