Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows!

I had all the ingredients for homemade marshmallows in my pantry and didn't even know it. These homemade marshmallows were a great way for me to use up ingredients like corn syrup from Thanksgiving that I used to make chocolate pecan pie, and then I used up the box of 4 pack gelatin I bought to make the pumpkin ice box pie, recipe here. Also I had the littlest bit of peppermint extract left, like I said perfect way to use up ingredients I had in my pantry!
Instead of peppermint marshmallows, I might rename them to pantry-cleaning marshmallows although that doesn't sound as appealing or yummy, does it?
So accessorize your hot chocolate with these peppermint marshmallows or just pop these fluffy pillows into your mouth and enjoy!

First, gather together your ingredients. 3 packets of unflavored gelatin, 1 cup ice cold water, 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, several drops of red food coloring, toothpicks to swirl the food coloring around.

In your mixing bowl, add the 3 packets of unflavored gelatin and add 1/2 cup of the ice cold water and set aside.


In your sauce pan, add the other 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar and corn syrup.


Turn the burner on high and let the ingredients cook for 3-4 minutes. After that, turn down the heat to medium and pick a candy thermometer into the mixture. After cooking for 7-8 minutes,the temperature of the boiling mixture should be 240 degrees F, if the temp isn't 240F yet let it cook a bit longer until the thermometer is 240 degrees. Once the boiling candy reaches, the 240 degree mark, immediately remove it from the heat.




Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, turn it onto low and then slowly pour the mixture you cooked up on the stove down the side of the mixing bowl to incorporate with the gelatin. Once all of the stove-pot mixture has been added to the mixing bowl, turn the mixer speed onto high and let it mix for 12-15 minutes. This will cause the marshmallow mixture to become lukewarm and very thick. At the very end of the mixing, add in the peppermint extract.



While the marshmallows are being whipped up, prepare your 13X9 pan, either with cooking spray, butter or Crisco. In a small bowl, add the cornstarch and powdered sugar and stir to combine. Sprinkle the bottom and sides of the pan and set aside.


After the marshmallows have finished being whipped up, then pour all of the marshmallows into the pan. Use a lightly oiled spatula to spread around the marshmallows and flatten the top until it is even.

Drop some food coloring on the top of the marshmallows and use toothpicks to swirl the color around.



 Finally, sprinkle some more of the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture on the top of the marshmallows.

Let the marshmallows set for 4 hours before you cut them into squares with either a knife or pizza cutter. If the sides are really sticky, feel free to dip them in the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture to keep from sticking together.


Store the marshmallows up to 3 weeks in an air-tight container. Then serve these marshmallows in your hot chocolate!
p.s. today is the last day to enter my giveaway for an initial gold disk necklace!

43 comments:

Helene said...

oh my goodness meg! these look amazing!! I will definitely be trying this! this may be a dumb question, where do you find the gelatin in the grocery store?

Bri Buzali said...

These look so good, and not as hard to make as I thought! I'll have to try them!

REBrown said...

I've never made marshmallows before, but they look fun!

still being [molly] said...

these look amaaaaazing!!!

Kayla Peveler said...

OMG these look amazing. Not to mention, I LOVE marshmallow fluff, sooo I might eat half of it before they turn into actual marshmallows. Can't even wait to try these!!! :) thanks for posting!

TheTinyHeart said...

Those look SO good! I just need to get myself a candy thermometer now so I can make them :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

*LO* said...

holy COW!! i was so excited yesterday when i saw these and the post was coming, i am now even more EXCITED! this is unbelievable.. so awesome and i hope to try and make one day!

Rachel said...

What a cute and fun idea for holiday gifts! Not to mention yummy...

Alex said...

Delightful! I'm totally keeping this recipe in my back pocket to really wow some people :)

Carlee said...

Yet another reason why I need a stand mixer. It's been on my Christmas list for YEARS!!

These look amazing! Maybe if I'm feeling brave (and extra strong in the biceps) I'll make these with an electric handmixer...probably not, though. :)

birdie to be said...

Oh... I LOVE these! Perfect for holiday hot chocolate!

Maggie Donnelly said...

I just posted about these today too!!!! That is so funny =) I love these peppermint marshmallows. I must have made 10 batches last Christmas!!!

Hope you are having a great Advent so far!

Mree said...

Those look so good!! Perfect for hot chocolate!!

Tiara Wasner said...
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Tiara Wasner said...

This sounds amazing! Now I'm craving something sweet :)

Charlotte said...

AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you!!

Valerie Price said...

These look great! I've always wanted to make homemade marshmallows...I'm definitely going to try it out!

Alissa said...

My sister makes these and they are so good! I need to try these!

Laurie said...

I love making homemade marshmallows! It's a sticky job, but they are so good. I just posted a holiday peppermint recipe today too on my blog. You can check it out here: http://www.love-laurie.com/2012/12/andes-mint-chocolate-cake-with.html

Olivia Souders said...

Those look amazing! I've had marshmallows on my Pinterest list of things to make for quite some time, but peppermint marshmallows are even better!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

what a fun project / diy! yum!

christina said...

no way!? love love love it!!

Allison said...

Yum!! I just pinned some Pepperrmint Marshmallows! Is this Martha Stewart's recipe?

Sarah and Stewart said...

What a great way to use up ingredients in your pantry! I'm always trying to do that...

JD and Whitney Todd said...

Oh my gosh... Meg, these looks absolutely amazing!!!!! I will have to try this asap!!

Sam said...

I've never heard of peppermint marshmallows before. YUMMM!

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Kaylyn said...

So THAT'S how you make marshmallows. Daaanngg! Too cool for school. Thank you for the comment on my blog by the way. XOXO your newest follower :)

Susan said...

Homemade marshmallows are just the best! These look fantastic!

Amy said...

um, homemade marsh? Love it and maybe I will try. I have a gf visiting this weekend, maybe Ill break the kicthenaid mixer out!

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Oh what a creative and fun treat!! Great recipe Meg! Max, my two year old would love helping me make this!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Oh my gosh this is SO fun! I've always wanted to try making my own marshmallows and I just love this peppermint idea!

Kristin said...

This is so cool!!

Stephanie said...

YES! I'm so happy about this post! : )

Bev said...

this looks amaze-balls!!! you are quite the lil' baker, my friend!

jillian at faith that laughs. said...

ummm those look amazing! love everything peppermint....i don't know if i would have the patience to make them though.lol. hope you are having a great week friend! xoxo

Bekuh Browning said...

Yum, those look great! I start craving everything peppermint this time of year.

Val said...

These are dreamy.

Faith said...

Omg!! I must have!! This looks amazing!!

Rachel Ashely said...

these are great! looks yummy!

Xo,
Rachel Ashley
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jamiedawn said...

these look absolutely incredible!! i have a new kitchen aid mixer waiting for me under the tree this year (i hope!) and i think i might be putting it to work and trying to do these!! awesome!!

Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

Those look like crazy hard work but soooo worth it!

Gina Norman said...

you just won the most amazing thing ever made, and creativity award. wow these are the coolest, way to go...I don't know if I could pull it off, yum though, i want one bad!!!

E said...

I've always wanted to make marshmallows but they intimidate me. They look so good though!