Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows are delicious pillows of sweet, fluffy, minty goodness. Let your taste buds run wild with these Peppermint Marshmallows. Enjoy them “naked,” dipped in chocolate, on a stick covered in chocolate or in a steamy cup of hot cocoa. There’s no one right way to enjoy these.
After you try these homemade peppermint marshmallows you will never want to buy store-bought marshmallows again. Partly because peppermint marshmallows are almost impossible to find in a grocery store and the other part… homemade marshmallows have a better flavor, texture, and no weird unpronounceable (that should totally be a real word) ingredients.
I fell in love with this recipe so fast. It is so easy to make and tastes amazing! I have two favorite ways to enjoy these: dipped in chocolate and baked inside one of my Marshmallow Surprise Cookies (recipe coming soon). The mint adds such an awesome flavor which can be enjoyed year round. If you are looking for a fun holiday (Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day or any other holiday that uses the color green or mint flavor) this is it. It’s such a unique yet classic treat. Everyone will love them!
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These peppermint marshmallows are so quick and easy to make. It only takes me about 20 minutes to whip up a batch. Once they’ve cooled completely, you can cut and enjoy. Here’s how I make them.
First, I begin softening the gelatin in the mixing bowl. Then I put the remaining ingredients (sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt) in a pan and set over medium-high heat. I prepare the pan the marshmallows will cool in by covering it with an aluminum foil sling (letting the foil hang over the edges) and spraying with oil spray. This makes pulling out and cutting the marshmallows much easier.
Once the gelatin has softened for 10-15 minutes and the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to whip it. I like to break up the gelatin mixture then slowly pour in the sugar mixture while my stand mixer (with the whip attachment on) is on low speed. Once all the sugar mixture has been poured, I crank up the speed to high. The mixture will be kind of smelly and turn a shiny white. I whip the mixture for 8 minutes then add the peppermint and food coloring and whip for 2 to 4 more minutes.
Just a side note. You want the mixture to cool but still be slightly warm when you are ready to pour it out into your prepared pan. If it is too cool, it’s really hard to pour out and smooth.
Once the marshmallow has mixed for 10-12 minutes, I pour it out into my prepared pan. For a thinner marshmallow use a 9×13 inch pan. For a thicker marshmallow, use a 7×11 inch pan. Smooth out and let it cool until set. This takes 6 to 12 hours at room temperature or about an hour in the freezer. As the marshmallow cools, the gelatin sets. This is were the marshmallow gets that firm but fluffy texture.
Once the marshmallow is set, I sprinkle with powdered sugar. Then I use a large chef’s knife to cut the marshmallow into squares. You can get really creative with this. You could use fun cookie cutter shapes. If you put a metal cookie cutter into hot water for a minute then dry it and use it to cut the marshmallow, you can make super fun shapes. For this, I just did a simple 1 inch by 1 inch square.
From here, I love to enjoy them “naked” aka plain. I also love to dip them in chocolate. We sprinkled these ones with some fun St. Patrick’s Day shamrock sprinkles. My girls LOVED them. So festive and fun!
They were awesome in hot chocolate too. The peppermint marshmallows added just a hint of peppermint. SO GOOD! As an added bonus, these peppermint marshmallows melt perfectly. It’s like they add this creaminess. They are incredibly smooth. It probably has something to do with the fact that they don’t have a bunch of added preservatives or processed crap. Ya know? That’s always a good thing, right?
I think my girl’s favorite way to enjoy these peppermint marshmallows is on a stick. Check out how cute these shamrock peppermint marshmallow pops turned out!
We enjoyed a few for ourselves and wrapped a few to share with friends. It’s always fun sharing a cute and delicious holiday treat.
So, whether you enjoy these peppermint marshmallows “naked,” on a stick, covered in chocolate or in a cup of steamy hot cocoa, you really can’t go wrong! I’m so excited for you to try these!
Have you ever made homemade marshmallows? What’s your favorite way to enjoy marshmallows?
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