Making marshmallow is not particularly difficult but I felt that a shortcut in the form of a marshmallow making kit might be acceptable at this busy time of year. The kit came from Lakeland, and included the unambiguous term ‘just add water’. Turns out that the making of these marshmallows involved a little more than that, and was also the most fun you could possibly have with sugar, gelatine and water.

Out of sheer greed, I used two packets. This should have yielded 2 small brownie trays, of about 20 x 25 x 5cm, but only yielded one. This could well be down to the volume of the bowl, but the marshmallow was great nonetheless. Chances are, the marshmallow may have filled the bowl with only one pack.

I decided to stick to white, adding glimmer, shimmer and sparkle to the basic coating mix of cornflour and icing sugar. There is plenty you can do with the basic mix. Using a variety of Christmas cookie cutters, I made shapes, lollies, and pretty gift bags of small pieces. Take heed though, this marshmallow can’t be toasted or melted. So, no s’mores and no hot chocolate; you will need the dehydrated packet sort for that.

There is a video of this recipe over on our YouTube channel

You will need –

2 packs Lakeland marshmallow kit

200ml water

1 or 2 deep trays lined with cling film (20 x 25 x 5cm)

Cornflour and icing sugar mixed together

Edible glitter

Shimmer sugar

Edible glitter stars

Cookie cutters

Lolly sticks

Presentation bags


  1. For both packets, add 200ml water to a saucepan. Whisk in both sachets of gelatine and leave aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the marshmallow part of both kits, and heat very gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl and beat with an electric whisk until fluffy and white, with peaks that hold that shape. This will take about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin(s), smooth off the top, and leave to set for around 2 hours.
  5. Prepare a work surface with a mix of icing sugar and cornflour. There is some in the kit, but not very much. Add sprinkles etc. to the surface and tip out the marshmallow and pull off the cling film. It is pretty robust; if you dropped it on the floor it would probably bounce.
  6. Cover the exposed side of the marshmallow with the same mixture of coating and sprinkles.
  7. Cut out into shapes as required, pressing lolly sticks into some. Cut the rest into small pieces and toss in the coating before bagging up into gift bags.