DIY Eats: Peppermint Marshmallows

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I’ve been dying to try these peppermint marshmallows forever. Since I got a candy thermometer for Christmas (dream big, you guys), I decided our recent polar vortex was the perfect time to do a little marshmallow making.

I may have even put a marshmallow or three in my coffee the next day…

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Candy thermometer
  • 8 x 8 pan
  • Pizza cutter

Combine 1/2 cup water with three packets of gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit—don’t worry, the gelatin is supposed to start to solidifying and get a weird jelly-like consistency.

Combine remaining water, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a pot over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and heat until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F. This is where your candy thermometer will come in handy. Remove from heat and carefully pour into the bowl of your mixer with the mixer on low.

Add the peppermint extract to your mixture—I halved the amount of peppermint extract I used because I didn’t want my marshmallows to be overwhelmingly minty. Turn mixer speed to high and beat for about six minutes, or until your batter is fluffy and white.

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Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar. Add a few drops of red food coloring and pour half of marshmallow batter into pan. Fair warning: your marshmallow mixture is going to be insanely sticky. Using a knife, spread around the red food coloring to make a swirling pattern. Pour remaining marshmallow into pan and repeat process with a few more dots of food coloring. Top with remaining powdered sugar.

Cover pan and put in fridge over night, or until marshmallows have hardened. Carefully remove marshmallow from pan—I used a butter knife to loosen up the edges—and place on a cutting board.

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Using your pizza cutter, slice your marshmallow into bite-sized pieces. Dip them in chocolate or eat them plain, these minty marshmallows are incredible. I stored mine in Mason jars and gifted a lot of them to friends.

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