Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

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I love making marshmallows from scratch.  I never thought I would because they seem so intimidating, but they’re surprisingly easy! You do need a candy thermometer, but they are super cheap and easy to use.  A stand mixer also makes it a lot easier, but you can definitely still make them without one. But the absolute best part about making marshmallows from scratch is that you can make them all sorts of delicious flavors! And I can’t think of a better flavor to liven up your cozy fall beverage than homemade Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows!

Top down view of a bowl of pumpkin spice marshmallows in a while bowl with an orange rim, sitting on a white marbled surface

Why this recipe works

Pumpkin spice is an epic fall flavor, and warm beverages are the epitome of fall, so adding these incredible marshmallows to a cozy drink is fall perfection. The easy homemade marshmallows don’t just work in beverages but are just as delicious on their own.

Ingredients and notes

Gelatin – Gelatin gives made from scratch marshmallows their structure. The texture of the marshmallows and the ability for them to hold their shape is due to the gelatin.

Corn Syrup – The corn syrup adds sweetness and also softens the texture of the gelatin. Gelatin alone would give marshmallows the texture of Jello, but the corn syrup softens it into the texture of a delicious, soft marshmallow. I used light corn syrup because that’s what I have in my kitchen, but I think dark corn syrup will be delicious in this recipe!

Pumpkin Pie Spice – This is, of course, the ultimate fall flavor. You can buy pumpkin pie spice, or you can make an easy pumpkin pie spice. There are lots of easy pumpkin pie spice recipes if you want to make your own!

How to make this recipe

Marshmallows

Step 1

Combine all coating ingredients. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper and cover the bottom and sides with the coating mixture.

Step 2

Place water and gelatin in a mixing bowl (the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment if you have it), and set aside.

Step 3

In a small to medium saucepan, heat sugar, cornstarch, and water over medium heat, covered, for 4 minutes.

Step 4

Uncover and continue heating until a candy thermometer reads 240 F, then remove from heat.

Step 5

Begin beating the gelatin mixture, and slowly pour in the syrup mixture. Increase the mixer to high speed (do this slowly to avoid splatter!) and beat for 12 minutes.

Step 6

Add pumpkin pie spice, and orange food coloring, if desired.

Step 7

Spread the marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining coating mixture over top of the marshmallow mixture and let set for 4 hours.

Step 8

Cut into cubes with a greased knife, or use a greased cookie cutter to cut into shapes to make cute marshmallows or custom marshmallows.

Angled view of pumpkin spice marshmallows spread around on a white marble surface

Recipe FAQs

What can I do with Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows?

This recipe will be delicious with anything that goes well with pumpkin and marshmallow. Put them in your coffee or hot chocolate, or even your chai! Make them into pumpkin spice rice krispie treats, or eat them straight out of the pan! We’re not here to judge.

Are homemade marshmallows worth it?

They absolutely are! Homemade marshmallows are the best marshmallows, and homemade flavored marshmallows are even better! Making marshmallows from scratch is so easy (I have lots of easy homemade marshmallow recipes on the blog!) and the taste and texture are so much better than buying a bag of marshmallows! Give this easy flavored marshmallow recipe a try – it is so worth it!

What’s in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

Homemade pumpkin spice is super easy to make! It’s made with spices you likely have sitting on your spice rack! It’s a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, and some recipes include allspice as well. There is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice!

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to put the water in the gelatin before you start the rest of the process. It needs time to sit before you start mixing it and adding the syrup mixture in.
  • To use a candy thermometer, simply clip it onto the side of the pot and make sure the tip of the thermometer is in the mixture, but not touching the bottom of the pot.
  • Spraying your spatula with non-stick spray before scraping the marshmallow mixture out of the bowl to keep the mixture from sticking to it.

Related Recipes

Maple Marshmallows
Chai Marshmallows
Bailey’s Marshmallows
Coffee Marshmallows
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
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Bite-Sized Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes

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Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

Easy homemade marshmallows flavored with pumpkin pie spice
Prep Time35 mins
Set time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fall, october, pumpkin spice
Servings: 25 marshmallows

Ingredients

Marshmallows

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • orange food coloring if desired

Coating

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Combine all coating ingredients. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper and cover the bottom and sides with the coating mixture.
  • Place water and gelatin in a mixing bowl (the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment if you have it), and set aside.
  • In a small to medium saucepan, heat sugar, cornstarch, and water over medium heat, covered, for 4 minutes.
  • Uncover and continue heating until a candy thermometer reads 240 F.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Begin beating the gelatin mixture, and slowly pour in the syrup mixture.
  • Increase the mixer to high speed (do this slowly to avoid splatter!) and beat for 12 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin pie spice, and orange food coloring, if desired.
  • Spread the marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining coating mixture over top of the marshmallow mixture.
  • Let set for 4 hours.
  • Cut into cubes with a greased knife, or use a greased cookie cutter to cut into shapes.

Notes

Make sure to put the water in the gelatin before you start the rest of the process. It needs time to sit before you start mixing it and adding the syrup mixture in.
To use a candy thermometer, simply clip it onto the side of the pot and make sure the tip of the thermometer is in the mixture, but not touching the bottom of the pot.

This post was updated in August 2021 with an updated recipe and additional information about the recipe.

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