Matcha Green Tea Marshmallows (SCD & GFCF)

For Japan, I made paper cranes and matcha green tea marshmallows.

Green tea is a large part of Japanese culture. There are several types of green tea based on how the leaves are grown such as climate, growing period, etc. that ultimately affects the cup of tea brewed and how it is used; for example, matcha is traditionally used in and prepared for tea ceremony. Matcha is also a popular ice cream flavour.

Because of the matcha powder, these marshmallows are more on the side of bittersweet. The green tea flavour would pair beautifully with white chocolate, an idea if you can have dairy and sugar. I’ve yet to see a dairy-free white chocolate, let alone sugar-free.

If you like marshmallows but don’t enjoy their often toothachingly sweet aspect, these could be for you. (My previous marshmallows are far less sweet than store-bought and most recipes, but some people’s tastebuds are more fine-tuned to sweetness than others; not to mention personal preferences.)

I made a number of paper cranes and posted pictures on the Paper Cranes for Japan Facebook page, which was started by, to show support for the Japanese. The aim is to reach 100,000 digital images of paper cranes that represents wishes of relief and healing for all those affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. I wrote more about this on trend & chic, as well as sharing more pictures of the paper cranes I folded in addition to those ones shown here.

If marshmallows still aren’t your thing or at least not matcha-flavoured, check out my regular honey- or agave-sweetened marshmallows or another Japanese confection, dorayaki.

Matcha Green Tea Mashmallows

If you want taller marshmallows, pour the marshmallow mixture into a smaller pan or dish.

2 envelopes (2 tbsp.) gelatin
3/4 cup ice cold water
3/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tsp. matcha green tea powder, mixed with 3 tbsp. hot water in a small bowl
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chill a large mixing bowl and a balloon whisk in the freezer for a few minutes, or longer. Cook 3/4 cup of the water, honey, and salt over medium heat, covered, for 3 minutes. Increase heat slightly to bring it to a gentle boil and cook until it registers 200ºF on a candy thermometer.

While the syrup is cooking, sprinkle gelatin over the remaining 1/4 cup of water in the chilled bowl to soften the gelatin.

Pour the syrup slowly into the softened gelatin, whisking gently. When all the syrup is poured in, increase your speed and mix vigourously. It will start frothing and soon become white, although it will still be thin. When it is completely opaque, add a spoonful of the mixed matcha and continue whisking as it gradually thickens.

At some point during mixing, as the marshmallow gets thicker, you may wish to switch to a smaller balloon whisk for better dexterity and ease of control.

Add the vanilla extract and whisk for about a minute or two longer.

Scrape the marshmallow with a rubber spatula, preferably flexible, into a 9″ by 9″ pan or dish lined with wax or parchment paper. Spread evenly.* Swirl the remaining matcha on top with a toothpick or similar thin implement and allow to set.

To test if it’s set, touch the surface with your fingertip: it shouldn’t stick to your finger at all, without marshmallow left on your finger. When the marshmallow is set, slice into squares. Enjoy!

*If the marshmallow has already started setting and it’s difficult to spread, gently heat the marshmallow in the same pot you cooked the syrup in until it is a thick, viscous consistency again. Pour into the prepared, lined pan and spread. It will set.

15 thoughts on “Matcha Green Tea Marshmallows (SCD & GFCF)

  1. Wow, Zoe, another amazing post … from paper cranes and matcha green tea marshmallows to Queen. Thanks so much for sharing all as I didn’t know about the paper cranes initiative, had never seen this Queen video, and, of course, needed another one of your marshmallow recipes for inspiration. 🙂


    1. It was my first time ever to make paper cranes – I did not used to think oragami was my forte but I surprised myself! The video is a beautiful Queen song; I just love how they brought people together, taking over singing the songs. Thanks, Shirley! 🙂

  2. I really like how much you incorporated into this post with the Matcha marshmallows; informative, evocative, and engaging are expressions that come to mind. It is a beautiful and simple tribute to the people of Japan, as well, and I am certain, very much appreciated. If anyone is interested, Namiko Abe provides free Japanese language, culture, and history lessons through Bravo, Z! Clearly, Z’s Cup of Tea is my cup of tea, as well;D

  3. How lovely , what a truly beautiful touching heartfelt caring gesture , God bless you and I will continue to pray for all . I want to thank you for all you created and shared here.

  4. WOW! First of all, it’s not necessarily difficult to make something that tastes good, but to make it LOOK as good as these marshmallows look- that’s talent. Good work. Second, I can’t wait to try these- they look (like I said) incredible. Thanks for sharing- and hey, great post! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kim – if you do make them, I hope you and your boys like them! No doubt they’ll want to pitch in helping gobble them up when candy’s involved and green at that. Weird food at its finest (and possibly healthiest). 😉

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