Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows / by Chelsea Zwieg

It's officially countdown-to-Christmas-time and while there has yet to be snow on the ground, I did have to scrape like an inch of ice off of my windshield yesterday so I think it's right around the corner. Getting into full on winter mode makes me want all things peppermint, which is why I am so SO excited to tell you about these marshmallows. They are also a part of an even more exciting recipe that I will post tomorrow so get ready for your whole kitchen to smell like a peppermint wonderland. And if you spill things everywhere like I do, it will smell like that much longer than anticipated. I definitely don't hate it. 

So, these marshmallows. I posted another recipe for homemade marshmallows a while ago, which was my first time ever making them. And let me just say once again, I cannot believe how easy it is to make marshmallows. If you can watch sugar boil (you don't even have to stir it) and then watch your mixer do it's thing for 10 minutes, you can make marshmallows. The only problem is the potential sticky mess that can happen in getting them from the mixing bowl into a pan. Which is why I will offer you the only marshmallow making tip you need: spray everything with cooking spray. Spray the pan. Spray the spatula you use to scrape the bowl. Spray your fingertips if you use them to smooth it out in the pan. Also, just accept that you are never going to get every last strand of marshmallow out of the bowl. If you keep trying you will end up tangled in so much marshmallow you will be trying to get free for days. Just dump the mixing bowl into the pan, scrape it once with a spatula and get the rest under hot, soapy water.  

Not only are homemade marshmallows incredibly easy to make, they are so much better than the store bought version. And trust me, I love store bought marshmallows. But these practically melt in your mouth and are so light and airy you will wonder why you've been settling for Jet Puffed all these years. Plus, when you make them at home, you can add peppermint (!) and red swirls (!!) and package them up as cute little gifts to give to all the people in your life who have yet to taste the magic of a homemade marshmallow. 

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows 

Makes a 9x13 pan

    | Ingredients

    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups corn syrup 
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    • 2 tsp. peppermint extract 
    • red food coloring
    • powdered sugar, for dusting

    | Instructions

    • Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 3/4 cup water in a large pot (4 quarts or more). Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. When the mixture begins to boil, attach a candy thermometer and cook, without stirring until it reaches between 235-240. 
    • Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup cold water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let the gelatin soften for 5 minutes. 
    • Attach the whisk attachment to the mixer and pour in the hot sugar mixture while the mixer runs on low. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is thick and tripled in volume, about 12 minutes. Beat in the peppermint extract. Pour the marshmallows into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula sprayed with cooking spray. 
    • Place drops of red food coloring on top the marshmallows and use a toothpick to swirl it around. Hit the pan on the counter a couple times to get rid of any air bubbles or lumps. Let sit, uncovered, until set, about 4 hours. 
    • To remove from the pan, use the parchment overhang to unmold the marshmallows. Use a knife sprayed with cooking spray to cut the marshmallows into your desired size. Toss each square in powdered sugar until  all sides are coated.