I have an insatiable sweet tooth and love to make all manner of confectionery. My second cookbook was dedicated to the subject and marshmallows are so easy to do. I love a meringue-based marshmallow formulation as per my lime marshmallows and matcha marshmallow recipe but its more complicated requiring a thermometer and additional preparation methods. This recipe for strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier is egg-free and super easy. You don’t need much equipment other than a stand mixer. I have added freeze-dried strawberry powder which I bought at the Olive Branch deli in Cape Town and the Spar in Sea Point in their wellness section, but you will need to track it down in your area.

Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier recipe

The brand is called Fresh As and this post is not sponsored. I was dying to play around with this product. It’s imported from New Zealand and is 100% pure with no additives. It has an intense strawberry flavour and would work really well in desserts such as panna cotta, Brulee or to flavour a ganache to fill a macaron. I experimented with meringue but it discoloured too much with the dry heat. If it wasn’t so pricey, I would also pop it into my smoothies or milkshakes, but I’ll probably opt for the real fruit there instead.  

Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier recipe

Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier recipe

If you can’t get hold of strawberry powder you can just flavour these marshmallows with vanilla and up the quantity to 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract. You could colour these using food colouring and they go down a treat and kids birthday parties too.

I have also done an espresso version where I used strong espresso for 100ml of the water quantity and then just dusted the final marshmallows in cocoa, cornflour and icing sugar mix and they were delicious. You could play around with other flavours such as lemon, lime, caramel or Google ways to incorporate fresh berries into the mix. A splash of liqueur makes these a little grown-up but the flavour is very subtle


Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier

A super easy and flop-proof recipe to make egg-free marshamallows.

  • Author: Sam Linsell
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 36 medium


350ml water

35g powdered gelatin

700g granulated sugar

4Tbsp Freeze-dried strawberry powder

2tsp vanilla extract

3Tbsp Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

15g cornflour

15g icing sugar

1tsp strawberry powder (optional)


 Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a glass/steel-mixing bowl and let it soak for 3 minutes. Place this over a pot with water on the stove and set at medium heat.

Add the sugar and strawberry powder to the gelatin & water mixture and stir until the sugar has dissolved – about 5-8 minutes.

Tip the contents of the bowl into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the balloon whisk attachment and whisk the mixture until light and fluffy and until it has cooled down. This will take about 10 – 15 minutes. At about 10 minutes add the vanilla extract and Grand Marnier and carry on mixing. Once it has thickened and cooled, pour the marshmallow mix onto a baking tray or ceramic dish which you have lightly sprayed with cooking and allow to set.

Sprinkle the sifted icing sugar, cornflour and strawberry powder mix over the marshmallows and tip them out on to a flat surface that you have also dusted. Cut the marshmallows into squares or whatever shape you like and toss these lightly in the sugar &strawberry powder mix.



For more delicious confectionary:

Lime marshmallows

Spicy caramel popcorn

White chocolate & rooibos tea fudge

Pink berry & white chocolate rocky road

Toffee, salted pretzel & chocolate bark

Spicy buttercrunch brittle with roasted nuts

Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier recipe

Strawberry marshmallows with Grand Marnier recipe

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