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How to Make Marshmallow Chicks

Making your own adorable treats isn't hard--with these tips and a little practice.





1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups water, divided
4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. We used Emily's Famous Marshmallows recipe to make approximately 25 marshmallow chicks.

  • You'll need a large pastry bag, a whisk, an electric mixer, a candy thermometer, and waxed paper.
  • Tip: Before you begin with the marshmallow mixture, fill a large pastry bag with vegetable shortening and practice forming shapes. With a little effort, you'll be a decorating expert in no time!

2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4-cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • While boiling, attach a candy thermometer to the pot so the tip is immersed in the liquid, but not touching the bottom of the pot.
  • Watch the temperature carefully until it reaches the hard-ball stage--when the thermometer reads 250 to 260 degrees F (121 to 129 degrees C).

    3. While the sugar mixture is heating, place the remaining cold water in a metal bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    • Place the bowl over simmering water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture becomes liquid. Keep this gelatin mixture warm until the sugar comes to the proper temperature.
    • As soon as the sugar mixture reaches the hard-ball stage and you remove it from heat, carefully whisk in the gelatin mixture.
    • Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to whip the egg whites into soft peaks. (You can tell eggs have reached the soft-peak stage when you take a spoon, dip it in and out of the egg mixture, and a peak is formed that is soft enough to quickly bend over.)

      4. Once the peaks have formed, set the electric mixer to medium speed and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the bowl of whipped egg whites.

      • When pouring the sugar mixture into the mixing bowl, never let the stream of liquid grow larger than a pencil's width.
      • Once all of the sugar has been incorporated into the egg whites, add the vanilla extract and continue mixing at a medium speed until the mixture cannot become any fluffier.
      • Add any additional colorings or flavorings at this time.

        5. Line a flat surface with waxed paper and sprinkle it with a generous coating of sugar.

        • Use a large pastry bag with at least a 1/2-inch opening or tip. Carefully spoon the sticky marshmallow fluff into the bag and twist the top closed.
        • Pipe the body of the chick shape first by making a thick line on the paper. Hold the bag at a 45-degree angle to the surface so that the piping will stand tall.

          6. When the body is long enough, pipe backwards on top of the body, and then make a little head.

            7. Place little candies onto the marshmallow chick's head to make eyes, if you like, and sprinkle colored sugar over the chick's body.

            • To coat the marshmallow chicks completely, let them set for 30 minutes.
            • Butter your hands (for easier handling) and roll them in bowls full of colored sugar.

              8. Let the marshmallow chicks rest for approximately 4 hours to allow them time to fully set. Homemade marshmallow chicks look adorable in everyone's Easter egg basket and they make an attractive centerpiece for any festive table!

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              Jul. 19, 2009 12:42 pm
              Very clever! Do they taste better than the store-bought ones?
              Mar. 7, 2010 3:53 pm
              i really wanna try that!
              Mar. 10, 2010 6:34 pm
              cool AND ROCKISHLY AWESOME idea!!!!!! XD
              Mar. 19, 2010 7:57 pm
              Cant wait to try these with my grandkids. Hope we can manage the piping of the body. Wish me luck.
              MS. CHEF 
              Mar. 20, 2010 12:53 pm
              Is the quanity of 4 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin correct in this recipe? One person noted that a package equalled the amount needed for this recipe, and my packages are only 1 teaspoon.
              Mar. 21, 2010 3:42 pm
              I have made Emily's Famous Marshmallows twice now, and I love them. I'm going to try this technique! I will say that when I made them (in a 13x9 pan), I thought that piping would be difficult, since it is so sticky and rather warm. But, I'm game for a challenge!
              Mar. 23, 2010 11:58 am
              I really want to try to make these! I have been looking for easter egg recipes anyone have some new ones other than peanutbuter eggs?
              Mar. 24, 2010 8:48 am
              these are soooo cool, going to make them for the kids
              Mar. 25, 2010 5:37 pm
              woah that's super cool! I nvr knew you can make your own homemade marshmallow peeps! However I don't have corn syrup. Can I use a corn syrup substitute instead?
              Mar. 28, 2010 9:29 am
              I really enjoy getting recipes but sometimes need to print without all the adds. Would love to print this with the pictures, have tried copy and paste but the pictures don't follow.
              Mar. 28, 2010 9:30 am
              me again how do you add this to the recipe box?
              Mar. 28, 2010 10:50 am
              looks yummy! how do you add it to the recipe box?
              Mar. 28, 2010 3:12 pm
              Mar. 29, 2010 6:01 am
              for those who want to save the link, in your recipe box, beside add personal recipe, says add weblink, and you can save it to your recipe box from there.
              Mar. 30, 2010 5:05 am
              I cannot see how to add to recipe box HELP
              Mar. 30, 2010 8:52 am
              ....o_o; I wanna try it, but are they worth the time? Or do they taste better storebought?
              Mar. 31, 2010 2:49 am
              I;m wondering if you could use Splenda instead of real sugar?
              Mar. 31, 2010 8:24 am
              I wanna try that it looks really good :) just like the store bought ones. :)MMmmmm
              Mar. 31, 2010 12:24 pm
              how do I put this in the receipe box. Can you use splenda instead of sugar
              Mar. 31, 2010 4:52 pm
              Gail, to copy and paste just right click and copy image.
              Mar. 31, 2010 10:21 pm
              Help! Everything was working until we put it in the pastry got glumpy. What did we do wrong?
              Apr. 1, 2010 8:06 pm
              To T: I've been reading through the reviews of the actual recipe and found this that might be helpful to you next time: "The trick to keeping the syrup and gelatin from separating is to mix it thoroughly before setting it aside." Sounds like yours may have separated. :(
              Apr. 4, 2010 7:57 am
              These sounds like they'd make awesome ghosts for a Halloween cake or centerpiece, or cupcakes!!
              Apr. 5, 2010 11:23 am
              I made these for easter. These are absolutely delicious!!!! This is a homemade marshmallow recipe. It is better than anything in the store. I will use this recipe to make rice krispy treats!!! Also I never liked peeps or marshmallows as a kid!!!!
              Apr. 6, 2010 9:03 pm
              Made this this afternoon...It is deff. harder to make then I thought . They taste wonderful!!!I will make them again
              Apr. 7, 2010 1:43 pm
              this is a r eastergood snack for easter
              Apr. 7, 2010 1:46 pm
              im the 1# fan of peeps 1!!
              i love tim 
              May 19, 2010 10:46 am
              How nifty. I just wanted to put it out there that tim is my husband so nobody will try to steal him. <33,, la-a
              Feb. 17, 2011 9:50 am
              I want to try these chicks too. But cannot see anything on this screen to save to my recipe box. Can't they put in simple clear instructions for how to save it in recipe box for computer illiterates like me? LOL. I will just have to remember they're here so I can try making these around Easter time. :) :) :)
              Feb. 25, 2011 5:00 pm
              I copied the link and sent it to myself in an email, then stored it there.
              Mar. 28, 2011 1:49 pm
              You can easily save to favorites to quickly find again.
              Mar. 31, 2011 10:04 pm
              I will need to make a practice batch first before making them for the Easter Baskets.
              Apr. 5, 2011 11:59 am
              I can't seem to add this to my recipes :(
              Kaye G.B. 
              Apr. 12, 2011 3:48 pm
              GriffinWolf2008, to add to your recipe box, highlight and copy the link at the top of your browser, open your recipe box, click Options, Add Weblink, then paste the link you copied into the box then continue and save.
              tanille cramer 
              Apr. 14, 2011 7:46 pm
              i love homemade marshmallows, but i couldnt find how to save this to my recipe box
              Apr. 19, 2011 9:54 pm
              Everyone look for Emily's Famous Marshmallows thatis the name for this recipe then u can save in your recipe box.
              Apr. 23, 2011 5:47 am
              I tried making these with my daughter and the chicks just melted into blobs after being piped. We ended up pouring them in a pan and cutting them in squares. They were delicious, though.
              Apr. 23, 2011 4:42 pm
              I made this recipe today. What a disaster! You had better hurry up and get the batter into the bag and piped RIGHT AWAY after mixing or it gets too stiff. And, getting them to look like chicks is quite a challenge. The mixture is very sticky so it wants to pull like taffy when you stop pushing it out through the bag. I ended up with about 4 pieces that actually looked liked anything. The blobs were tasty, though.
              Apr. 23, 2011 6:38 pm
              My batch initially was too runny to pipe at all, then I let it cool a bit b/c it was very warm and then it was all lumpy and sloppy. Any tips? Did I keep the gelatin too warm, or stir the gelatin and sugar mixes together too much? When I first mixed them I got a Lot of rise, then it all settled back down... would love to make these work as the flavor is Great
              Nov. 23, 2011 8:36 pm
              Feb. 20, 2012 12:57 pm
              I copied and pasted it into a Microsoft word document and got all but the first pic at the top of the page so I went back to that pic right clicked and copied it and pasted it in my document and then printed and saved! Hope this helps someone!
              Mar. 16, 2012 6:12 am
              MY Grandkids would love doing this with me!
              Mar. 17, 2012 12:47 am
              Can't wait to try these!
              Mar. 17, 2012 12:57 am
              I'm a computer illiterate too. I can't find wherree the link is what some have saaid to use.I just clicked on Emily's Famous Marshmallows and saved that to my redipe box. I'll just have to remember the instructions for piping the chicks.I have a set of Wilton cake decorating equipment and a heavy duty stand mixer. All ready to give it a try.
              Mar. 28, 2012 7:13 pm
              what is the shelf life of these? do you think lemon juice powder mixed with the confectioners sugar would work as a variation ?
              Mar. 29, 2012 9:23 am
              RDCM probably the best way to go to get lemony flavored marshmallows would be to use lemon gelatin.
              Mar. 29, 2012 6:52 pm
              I think these would be a LOT better than the store bought ones... their probably not stiff! ;) ick
              Apr. 8, 2012 9:55 am
              FOr those of us who wish to avoid the pork in unflavored gelatin, is there a substitute for this in the marshmallow recipe?
              Sep. 29, 2012 11:20 am
              For Shirleystn, yes there is a kosher gelatin available!Actually, there are a few Brands :) Check your local Seventh Day Adventist Healthfood store. If you don't have one, google "Gefen unflavored gelatin" for on-line shopping.
              Glenda Tomlinson 
              Mar. 24, 2013 12:51 pm
              These look so delicious....
              Mar. 26, 2013 11:29 am
              I put this info in the reviews for the recipe, but I though I'd share it here: I got adventurous with this recipe and used Jello and Knox for more flavored variety. I used the new Mango flavor. Mmmm... FYI- one small box of Jello is equal to one 1-TBSP package of Knox. I used 3 packages of Jello to 1 package of Knox and the flavor is a bit strong! I would suggest 2 small boxes of Jello to 2 1-Tbsp packages of Knox. Also, the flavor of Jello you choose shouldn't change your marshmallow color at all. As I said, 3 packages of Mango Jello and they're still white! Be sure to really whip the mallow mixture before you try to pipe for peeps. You should see the mixture starting to ball up in your Kitchen Aid - otherwise you'll get flat Easter Eggs. But still tasty!
              Mar. 29, 2013 11:42 am
              Update - overnight the 3 packages of jello to 1 knox batch got very brittle. I assume from all the extra sugar. Definitely scale back to 1 or 2 boxes of jello.
              Jun. 11, 2013 4:48 pm
              I never thought I could make my own Peeps!!!! This means I don't have to wait every year until Easter to get my fill. So cool!!!!
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