Peppermint Marshmallows

by Jess on December 9, 2013

in Dessert, Drinks, Recipes

Peppermint Marshmallows

Frank and I are celebrating Christmas here in Bangkok this year, so I won’t do quite as much holiday baking as I have in the past.  But making peppermint flavored marshmallows?  That seemed like something worth doing.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Since it is Secret Recipe Club time, I used Evelyne’s Easy Basic Marshmallow recipe, from her blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz, as a starting point.  These marshmallows have a hint of peppermint and a red swirl across their tops.  I just love the idea of candy cane striped marshmallows this time of year, but the other variations on Evelyne’s post sound amazing as well….and all are surprisingly simple.   Inspired by her passion for a variety of ethnic cuisines, Evelyne’s blog  lives up to its name.  It’s full of great recipes from all over the world.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Just as I love fake fall in our tropical wonderland, I love filling our home with all the comforts of the Christmas season.  Our tree is up, the stockings are hung, and, thanks to my friend Kristin’s gift of a pine-scented candle, it even smells like Christmas.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Curling up with a mug of hot cocoa topped with these marshmallows is just icing on the cake.

 

Peppermint Marshmallows
 
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Recipe type: Drink, Dessert
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • about ½ cup powdered sugar, for dusting, divided
  • 2 and ½ Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 10 drops red food coloring
Instructions
  1. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and lightly grease all over with vegetable oil or nonstick spray. Lightly dust with powdered sugar. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and boil hard, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 240°F (this took me about 20 minutes).
  3. Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the boiling syrup over the gelatin. Increase the speed to high and beat for 12 minutes or until the mixture is no longer expanding in volume. Add peppermint extract beat on high for another minute.
  4. Pour the marshmallow into prepared pan. Pat the surface of the marshmallows with slightly damp hands until it is smooth and evenly spread throughout the pan. Randomly drop red food coloring over the surface and drag a sharp knife through the marshmallows to create a swirled pattern.
  5. Let mixture sit, uncovered, for at least 12 hours at cool room temperature (or in the refrigerator if you live in a humid place like Bangkok).
  6. Remove from pan, dust the marshmallows with powdered sugar and cut into 20-24 equal pieces with scissors or a chef’s knife. Dust each marshmallow with powdered sugar.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks.
Notes
Original recipe adapted from Cheap Ethnic Eatz and made with a few tips and tricks from BettyCrocker.com.

 

 

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1 Sweet as Sugar Cookies December 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I am on such a homemade marshmallow kick right now. Those look gorgeous!
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2 Jess December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I have got to make them more often! It’s such a fun, and relatively easy, kitchen project! We’ll be having delicious hot cocoa all week. ;)

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3 Micha @ Cookin' Mimi December 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I love peppermint and homemade marshmallows are on my to make list so I’ll have to give this variation a try.
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4 Jess December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Me too, Micha – peppermint is one of my all time favorite flavors.

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5 chitchatchomp December 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Simply gorgeous photos as usual and I love the idea of making home-made marshmallows!
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6 Jess December 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I’m totally hooked now – I think I’ll be trying some other variations too…now that I know it’s not as difficult as I once thought. ;)

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7 Sawsan@ Chef in disguise December 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I have yet to try making marshmallow at home and I know that I am messing out!
I love the little floating cubes of marshmallow with the pretty red swirls!
A cup of hot chocolate topped with that and a good book! heaven!
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8 sara December 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Gorgeous! These are seriously beautiful marshmallows…and they sound really delicious!
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9 Claire @ Claire K Creations December 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

They look wonderful Jess! Strangely I’ve always been too scared to make marshmallow. It seems so precise. Yours look so pretty though I may just have to give it a go.
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10 Ginny December 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Oh, Jess! These are just gorgeous! I love how they look almost like Florentine paper! They’re the prettiest marshmallow I’ve ever seen!

Merry Christmas!

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11 Erin @ The Emerging Foodie December 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

These are absolutely gorgeous! What a fun thing to make. And yay for pine-scented candles! :) Hope you’re doing well, Jess!
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12 Debra December 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I tried to make homemade marshmallows ONCE. It was chaos. You make it look easy so maybe I will try again because yours look beautiful! Great pick for SRC.
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13 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Oh wow Jess impressed by this seasonal twist on the marshmallow recipe. They look so wonderful. Happy Holidays!
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14 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm

These marshmallows look gorgeous!!!
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15 sarah k @ the pajama chef December 10, 2013 at 12:22 am

i need to try these! they look incredible :)
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16 MM December 10, 2013 at 1:38 am

These look SOOO good…like candy! The real question is….” who got to lick the beaters ?” YUM

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17 Jess December 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I think you can guess at the answer to that. I’ve got two tiny children telling me to lick every beater in sight. ;)

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18 Jane, The Heritage Cook December 10, 2013 at 1:44 am

Jess – these are absolutely gorgeous! I love that you showed how to marble the marshmallows. I am a peppermint lover and these are high on my “to make” list!
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19 Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily December 10, 2013 at 3:47 am

These marshmallows are so gorgeous like works of art Jess! We need try these soon.
Enjoy your Holidays in the tropical wonderland:)
Cheers,
J+C
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20 LeAndra December 10, 2013 at 5:54 am

These look amazing! Beautiful photos, and I love your use of binder clips to keep the parchment in place. Great tip!

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21 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

These are so pretty! Love the swirl!
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22 PolaM December 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

Great pick for around Christmas! I bet it tasted delicious!
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23 Isabelle @ Crumb December 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

Seriously, Jess, these are GORGEOUS! I love the pretty red swirls across the top… such a beautiful touch to make them extra-special.
I’m sure it’s anything but hot chocolate weather in Bangkok right about now, but hey, Christmas only comes once a year. :) Hope you guys have a great holiday.
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24 Monica December 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

My goodness, these marshmallows are so striking! They caught my eye right away! I just love that bright red color – they are the best Christmas marshmallows ever – great job!! And you make it look so easy. I have to remember this and give it a try when I want to wow someone at Christmas.
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25 sally @ sallys baking addiction December 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Jess I have been wanting to make homemade marshmallows!! And these are perfect. I want one in my peppermint mocha coffee right now. Is that weird? Yum!

I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!
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26 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 11, 2013 at 3:02 am

I love these marshmallows Jess! So festive and totally perfect for the holidays. Pinning this beauty. Have a wonderful week my friend. :)
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27 Ashley December 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

I love homemade marshmallows – I’ve been on such a kick lately. My night time indulgence with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I love the way the swirl came out – it’s so pretty and festive!
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28 Dina December 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

i’d like these in a cup of hot cocoa now!
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29 Layla @ Brunch Time Baker December 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

These look amazing!
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30 Kate | Food Babbles December 12, 2013 at 3:21 am

These are so fun and festive! And your red swirl is perfect. I love peppermint and these are perfect for floating atop a cup of hot cocoa.
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31 ela@GrayApron December 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I never knew you could make marshmallows…Yours looks festive and fantastic :) ela

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32 Taylor @ greens & chocolate December 14, 2013 at 4:25 am

I am loving everything peppermint right now! These would make such pretty gifts on top of a mug of homemade hot cocoa mix!
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33 Samuel Jeffery December 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Those are literally the tastiest looking marshmallows I’ve ever seen! I could drink cup after cup of it :)
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34 Tara December 17, 2013 at 3:33 am

Beautiful photos! I just started making marshmallows. Will definitely have to try this flavor.
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