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Strawberry Marlow is a cool and creamy dessert made with marshmallows, strawberries and whipped cream. You’ll love this easy, vintage dessert!

Strawberry Marlow

My mom passed away about six years ago – just a few months before Jack and I officially started blogging here at A Family Feast.  Among other possessions, I was lucky to inherit my mother’s old recipe box as well as a number of her old cookbooks – many of them being ‘community cookbooks’ of recipes compiled by members of her church, the local school, or the women’s club she attended.

Jack and I both have a huge soft spot in our hearts for those vintage recipes. Those cookbooks are a glimpse of the past – seeing the types of ingredients home cooks used, and meals that families enjoyed eating decades ago.


Strawberry Marlow

Some recipes from those cookbooks – like today’s Strawberry Marlow – seem to be a somewhat forgotten (but still very delicious) sweet treat!

A marlow is a creamy marshmallow-based dessert – typically mixed with fruit – that can be frozen and eaten like ice cream, or chilled until just thickened so it resembles more of a mousse.

Strawberry Marlow

We tried eating this Strawberry Marlow both ways – and both were delicious!  This frozen dessert definitely resembles a strawberry ice cream, but with a creamier, richer texture against your tongue thanks to the melted marshmallow in the custard.

And, as the Strawberry Marlow starts to soften in your serving dish, you can really taste the marshmallow and enjoy a softer creamier mousse-like texture. (Two favorite desserts in one!)


Strawberry Marlow

We made ours a Strawberry Marlow by mashing up fresh strawberries and sugar – but other fruits would be delicious too. In doing a little research, it seems that pineapple was another favorite marlow flavor, as well as chocolate!

You may enjoy these other strawberry desserts:

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Strawberry Marlow

Strawberry Marlow

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: freeze
  • Cuisine: American


1 1/2 cups whole milk

8 ounces marshmallows

1 cup fresh strawberries

1/8 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cups whipping cream


In a large non-stick pot*, heat milk to scalding over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir frequently until melted, making sure mixture doesn’t scorch on the bottom.  (*Note – the marshmallows will foam up as they melt so you definitely need a larger pot for this step.)

Pour marshmallow mixture into a large bowl and chill in the refrigerator for one hour. Stir mixture and chill for another hour, until the mixture has thickened.

While the marshmallow mixture cools, place strawberries in a mixing bowl and mash well using a potato masher.  (An immersion blender can also be used, but avoid completely pureeing the strawberries – you ideally want some small pieces of strawberries remaining.) Stir in granulated sugar, mix well to dissolve the sugar in the juices.

In another mixing bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Keep chilled.

Once the marshmallow mixture has cooled completely, stir once more, then fold both the strawberry mixture and the whipped cream.  Stir until well combined.

Pour mixture into a 2-quart ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. After churning, pour mixture into a freezer safe container and chill 2 hours for a mousse-like texture or a full 4-6 hours for a firm, ice cream-like texture.

Keywords: marshmallow, ice cream, strawberries


Strawberry Marlow

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  • Lisa wrote:

    can you just freeze it without churning? what if you don’t have an ice cream maker?

    • Martha wrote:

      Sure Lisa – It won’t be quite so light and airy but you can freeze it without churning.

  • Betty Gilstrap wrote:

    Can’t wait to get to the store for the ingredients!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Will send a comment as soon as I try it. Sure it will be great!!

    • Martha wrote:

      We hope you love the recipe Betty!

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