Is Fondant Gluten Free? Plus a Fondant Recipe

Discover the answer to the question, “Is Fondant Gluten Free?”

Not all fondant brands are gluten free. If you are intolerant to gluten, you may wish to go one step further and find out if the manufacture processes gluten-containing products on the same equipment. One way to be sure your fondant is gluten free is to make your own.

Simply using gluten free marshmallows and confectioners’ sugar, you can make homemade gluten free fondant. Add a little water and food coloring and you’re all set to decorate. You can mold this fondant into any creation you can think up. Get ready, set, start!

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Homemade Gluten Free Fondant Recipe


Yield: Makes appx. 3 lbs. fondant

Homemade Gluten Free Fondant Recipe

An easy recipe for homemade gluten free fondant. It turns out like putty in your hands.


  • Shortening, for greasing spoon and kneading surface (Spectrum Organic)
  • 14 oz. gluten free mini marshmallows (may contain corn or tapioca)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup (optional)
  • Gluten free food coloring (recommend AmeriColor gel food coloring) (or McCormick liquid)
  • 2 lb. confectioners' sugar, or as needed (Trader Joe's Organic Powdered Sugar is corn-free)
  • Cornstarch or potato starch for rolling


  1. Grease a wooden spoon with shortening; and set it aside.
  2. Add marshmallows and 1 tablespoons of water to a microwave-safe bowl and stir to moisten the marshmallows. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals and stir once they soften. The time varies depending upon the power level of your microwave. Usually, you can run it on high for 1 minute and then do 30 second intervals thereafter. My microwave takes about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the food coloring and corn syrup, if using. You'll have to make it extra vibrant as you still need to add the confectioners' sugar. However, adding the food coloring after the sugar, is much harder.
  4. Add the confectioners' sugar a little at a time, stirring thoroughly to incorporate each addition prior to adding more. Add additional water, if needed up to another tablespoon.
  5. Using shortening, grease a clean rolling surface and your hands. I like to use a silicone baking or pastry mat. Knead the fondant until smooth. You can also knead in additional food coloring. If you do, you may wish to wear some gloves to prevent hand staining. Once the sugar no long kneads into the fondnat stop adding sugar. This is why it is important to add a little at a time. When it's ready, it should be warm (from the heat in your hands) and soft.
  6. Store in a ziplock bag at room temperature.
  7. When you are ready to use your gluten free fondant, microwave it for 5 second intervals and knead in between.
  8. To roll your fondant, dust your rolling pin and surface with starch. Roll it out to your desired thickness; or form the pieces using your hands.


If you prefer ready-made fondant, Satin Ice makes gluten free fondants in white/vanilla or colors. They offer the white in 2 lb.,, 5 lb., and 20 lb..

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