Homemade Marshmallow Chicks Recipe

There’s almost nothing that says Easter like marshmallow treats! This homemade marshmallow chicks recipe is easy, delicious, and gives your marshmallow treats that irresistible homemade taste.

What you’ll need

2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin

1/3 + 1/4 cup cold water

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Candy writers

1 cup colored sugar

In a mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup of cold water and gelatin. Let the water and gelatin stand while you make the sugar mixture for the marshmallow. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and the additional 1/4 cup of water. Stir together. Using a candy thermometer, heat the sugar and water until it reaches the soft ball stage, which is about 238 degrees fahrenheit. Do not stir while the sugar and water are reaching 238 degrees. If crystals begin to form on the pan walls, use a pastry brush with a little water on it to dissolve the crystals back down.

When the sugar reaches 238 degrees remove from heat and slowly pour into mixing bowl with the gelatin mixture. Stir together by hand. Add the vanilla and stir together until the gelatin begins to lump.

When cooled slightly, begin to mix with an electric mixer using a whisk attachment and mix at a medium-high speed until the mixture becomes white and somewhat stiff. This process will take about 8-9 minutes. Immediately transfer to a large piping bag fitted with an A2 decorating tip. Pour the sugar you will be using to coat the chicks into a shallow dish. Pipe the marshmallow chicks directly on top of the sugar. If the shape isn’t holding let the marshmallow mixture cool for a little longer. Use a spoon to cover the entire marshmallow chick.

Gygi Pro Tip

Sugar crystals are much more forgiving and cover up mistakes much better than sanding sugar.

How to shape your homemade marshmallow chick

Pipe out a small oval shape of marshmallow onto the sugar crystals. Try to get both sides of the oval very close together. When you reach the end of the oval, pull the piping bag upwards to create the tail. Move the piping bag to the other end and squeeze out the head of the marshmallow chick by pushing down with the bag, then moving upwards as you slowly stop pushing out the marshmallow. This will help create the beak.


It may take a couple tries to get the chick how you would like it to look. If you wish to shape your chick a little more, wet your finger tips with a little water and you’ll be able to shape the marshmallow a little before it cools completely. Using a spoon, or your hand, cover the entire chick in sugar. For a little extra help, watch our instructional video on how to pipe your homemade marshmallow chick.

Use candy writers to create two little eyes on each homemade marshmallow chick, and enjoy!


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