My wife loves chocolate marshmallow swirl ice cream, but she doesn't like store-bought marshmallows. I would like to surprise her with homemade chocolate marshmallow swirl ice cream, but I am unsure how to make the marshmallow swirl.

Here are some of the options I have considered:

  1. make homemade marshmallow creme (eg Fluff)
  2. melt homemade marshmallows

both of these seem experimental.

Does anyone have a tried and true technique?

  • Thanks for changing recipe to technique. That's what I was after.
    – rbp
    Jul 14, 2015 at 13:56

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I have made marshmallows using Alton Brown's method; it works and is a lot of fun. If you don't form the individual marshmallows, but just swirl it into the ice cream while it's still a sticky mess, that should work for your swirl.

There is even a video in that link.

As ElendilTheTall mentioned in comments, you probably should reduce the amount of gelatin in Alton's recipe, perhaps by a third, to get a good swirl.

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    I would say reducing the amount of gelatin in a standard recipe would give softer, more swirlable results. Jul 14, 2015 at 14:02
  • @ElendilTheTall I'll buy that.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jul 14, 2015 at 14:08
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    Made this tonite with 3 packets at 13 minutes on high. came out very well. Put into a pastry bag with a wide tip and mixed with the ice cream that came out of the machine into a glass container, and it's now in the freezer. the rest went into a baking pan, just like Alton's video.
    – rbp
    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:59
  • @rbp Great! Glad we could help.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jul 16, 2015 at 13:03

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