This strawberry marshmallow fluff recipe is made with freeze dried strawberries for a bright burst of fresh strawberry flavor in every bite!
Making homemade marshmallows might look intimidating when you see how many steps there are and the fact that there’s a candy thermometer involved. But it’s really a simple process once you’ve made it a couple times.
Making marshmallow fluff is almost exactly the same process as my marshmallow recipe, minus a few steps. It’s almost too easy. You might find yourself trying homemade marshmallow fluff on all of you treats from here on out!
I love to use this strawberry marshmallow fluff recipe especially around Valentine’s Day. It’s delicious spread between soft chocolate cookies for homemade whoopie pies. Or as a frosting on cupcakes.
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Why You’ll Like This Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Recipe
Strawberry marshmallow fluff is light and fluffy, perfectly sweet and loaded with yummy strawberry flavor. It literally melts in your mouth, and makes a scrumptious topping for cupcakes!
Store-bought strawberry marshmallow fluff is made with a laundry list of ingredients. The main one being high fructose corn syrup. This recipe calls for sugar, agave syrup, grass-fed gelatin and real vanilla extract. And since it’s flavored and colored with real strawberries, it’s dye free and naturally flavored.
While this strawberry marshmallow fluff isn’t really a “healthy food”, it’s much better for you than the premade stuff!
lighter and less sugary
If you compare store-bought marshmallow fluff and the homemade version, the first thing you’ll notice is homemade marshmallow fluff is less sweet and sugary tasting. The freeze-dried strawberries give this recipe a real strawberry flavor instead of it tasting artificial.
easy to make
The instructions might look complicated, but the basic process is to boil the mixture to the “soft ball stage”, then whip it in a mixer with gelatin and strawberries until it’s light and fluffy.
That’s it! Not as hard as you might be thinking!
only 5 simple ingredients
Unlike store-bought strawberry marshmallow fluff, this recipe calls for very basic ingredients: sugar, agave syrup, gelatin, freeze-dried strawberries and salt. And no corn syrup!
ready to use right away
Marshmallow fluff is ready to use immediately after it’s whipped.
What You Need To Make strawberry fluff
- granulated Sugar – regular white cane sugar. If you’d rather make marshmallows without any refined sugars, you’ll love my honey marshmallows recipe!
- light agave syrup – is runnier than honey and has a very mild flavor. Agave syrup is a good choice for lighter desserts since it doesn’t have an overwhelming flavor.
- gelatin powder – grass-fed gelatin powder gives the marshmallow fluff a marshmallow texture while still staying light and fluffy. This is the same gelatin I use to make homemade jello.
- kosher salt – kosher salt is what I prefer to use, but table salt will work as well. You just need to use a little less of it.
- vanilla – pure vanilla is best for this recipe. I used my homemade vanilla extract.
- freeze-dried strawberries – all natural freeze dried strawberries are easy to find at most grocery stores. They give this recipe real strawberry flavor and also a nice pink color without having to use any dye! I prefer to buy powdered strawberries instead since it’s already ground and doesn’t contain any seeds.
- oil – spray oil, butter or coconut oil for grease the spatula since marshmallow fluff is so sticky.
- pot – a medium saucepan to boil the sugar mixture in.
- whisk – to whisk the sugar mixture as it boils.
- candy thermometer – using a candy thermometer is the most accurate way to make sure your marshmallow fluff turns out perfect every time.
- stand mixer or handheld beaters – I use my Kitchen aid mixer and whisk attachment.
- spatula – to scrape the marshmallow fluff out of the mixing bowl when it’s finished.
- jar or lidded container – if you aren’t going to be using the marshmallow fluff immediately, store it in a jar or other lidded container in the fridge.
FAQ About this strawberry marshmallow fluff recipe
is marshmallow fluff the same as melted marshmallows?
No, melted marshmallows will be sticky and dense, whereas marshmallow cream is whipped, fluffy and more spreadable. It holds it shape making it better for frosting than melted marshmallows.
how to use strawberry marshmallow fluff?
There are so many delicious ways to use marshmallow fluff (aside from eating it straight out of the bowl). Strawberry flavored fluff is extra fun for making St. Valentine’s Treats!
- fluffernutter sandwiches – a play on peanut butter and jelly, with marshmallow fluff in place of jelly.
- as a filling or frosting for chocolate cupcakes – like a homemade ding dong!
- to top your cup of homemade hot cocoa
- as an ingredient in homemade fudge
- spread between soft chocolate cookies for this whoopie pie recipe.
- as a a dip for fruit, cookies or crackers
- spread on a graham cracker with chocolate for easy “indoor” smores.
is homemade marshmallow fluff gluten free?
Marshmallow fluff is gluten free. Double check the packaging on each of the ingredients to make sure they are certified “gluten free” to be safe.
is marshmallow fluff vegan?
This recipe for strawberry marshmallow fluff is not vegan since it calls for gelatin that is sourced from animals.
How To Make strawberry marshmallow fluff
Boil – In a medium pot, bring the sugar, agave syrup and 1/4 cup of the water to a boil over medium high heat. Once the mixture has boiled, reduce the heat to medium.
Cover the pot and continue to cook over medium heat fore 3 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved and there are no signs of sugar granules left.
Continue to Heat – Using a candy thermometer, let the sugar and water continue to cook until it has reached 112-115 degrees (soft ball stage).
Prepare Gelatin – While the mixture is heating, add the remaining 1/4 cup of water and gelatin to the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to combine and let the gelatin “bloom.”
Add to Mixer – Once the sugar mixture has reached the soft ball stage, remove it from the heat. With the mixer on low, pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer, making sure to pour it down the side of the bowl so as not to scorch the gelatin.
Beat – Turn the mixer to medium high speed and beat the mixture for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and vanilla extract and beat on high speed for another 5 minutes or until the mixture is glossy and white.
Add Strawberry Powder – With the mixer on low, add the powdered strawberries and let mix until they are completely mixed in.
Finish – Using a spatula that has been rubbed down with coconut or butter, quickly scoop the marshmallow fluff into a jar or bowl.
Tips For Success
To Serve – Use as a frosting for desserts, or in any recipes that call for store-bought marshmallow fluff. This recipe is delicious as a filling for homemade whoopie pies!
To Store – Homemade marshmallow fluff is best enjoyed right away but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.
Variations – Leave out the strawberry powder for a more traditional marshmallow fluff.
Substitutions – Honey can be used instead of agave syrup. The recipe will have hints of honey flavor though.
More Freeze Dried Strawberry recipes On The Blog:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other great recipes with freeze dried strawberries on the blog!
- Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm
- Strawberry Applesauce in the Instant Pot
- Strawberry Whipped Cream
- Homemade Strawberry Marshmallows
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