Make fruity pastel marshmallows with this vintage Jello recipe

Homemade marshmallows

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Make your own gelatin-based fruit-flavored marshmallows with this vintage recipe from the 1970s!

You make these beautiful marshmallows with one flavor/color at a time. They’re simple to make — the hardest part is waiting overnight for them to set.

Fun & flavorful homemade pastel marshmallows made with Jello (1974)

Pastel marshmallows vintage Jello recipe

Homemade marshmallows

Homemade pastel marshmallows

Yield: 60 marshmallows
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes

You make these beautiful marshmallows with one flavor/color at a time


  • 3-ounce package Jell-O Gelatin, any flavor
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Dissolve one 3-ounce package Jell-O Gelatin, any flavor, in 1/2 cup boiling water in a saucepan over very low heat.
  2. Add 3/4 cup sugar; cook and stir just till sugar is dissolved. (Do not boil.)
  3. Blend in 3 tablespoons light corn syrup.
  4. Chill till slightly thickened.
  5. Beat at highest speed of electric mixer until mixture is thickened and will stand in soft peaks — about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Pour into an 8-inch square pan lined on sides and bottom with wax paper, and the paper greased with butter or margarine.
  7. Chill overnight.
  8. Turn firm mixture onto a board heavily dusted with confectioners sugar.
  9. Carefully peel off wax paper and dust surfaces heavily with powdered sugar.
  10. Cut into 1-inch squares or into shapes, using small cookie cutters dipped in sugar.
  11. Roll cut edges in sugar.
  12. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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