Homemade peppermint marshmallows are the perfect winter treat for hot chocolate!
“It’s a marshmallow world in the winter…when the snow comes to cover the ground…”
Oh! Sorry! I just got lost in the midst of Brenda Lee and the perfect snowy pre-Christmas days we’re having here in New England.
Today is the third snowy day in the past week and I just can’t get enough of the white stuff, especially before Christmas. And let me tell you, these homemade peppermint marshmallows definitely kick the season into high gear.
A few drops of peppermint oil and some red food gel are all you need to take an easy homemade marshmallow from traditional to spectacular. This is the shopping list for my marshmallow recipe. Be sure to check out the recipe card below for the full ingredient list and set of instructions.
- Powdered unflavored gelatin
- Granulated sugar
- Light corn syrup
- Table salt
- Peppermint oil
- Red food gel (optional)
- Confectioners’ sugar
How to Make Homemade Marshmallows
Making this marshmallow recipe is actually quite easy and if you’ve never made marshmallows before, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. You’ll need the ingredients listed above, which are pretty standard in most well-stocked kitchens. Here’s what you’ll do:
STEP 1: Grease a 13×9-inch glass baking dish and a rubber spatula.
STEP 2: Dissolve the gelatin in some cool water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
STEP 3: Bring the water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a boil, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Clip a candy thermometer to the pot and boil until the mixture reaches 238° F and 240° F. No more, no less!
STEP 4: Drizzle the boiling mixture into the gelatin and whip until the mixture turns white and is thick and glossy.
STEP 5: Stir in the peppermint oil and food gel.
STEP 6: Pour the marshmallow mixture into your prepared dish and smooth it out with the greased spatula. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the top of the marshmallow and let it rest for at least 6 hours to firm up.
STEP 7: Flip the marshmallows out of the pan onto a cutting board and dust the top with more sugar. Cut the slab into squares with a pizza cutter or use cookie cutters to make marshmallow shapes. Roll the cut marshmallows in some extra sifted sugar.
Tips and Tricks
- Grease your tools. Homemade marshmallows are sticky! Be sure to spray your pan, spatula, and cutting tools with cooking or baking spray before you touch the marshmallow to them.
- Don’t overwhip. I had some trouble getting my last batch of marshmallows to turn out fluffy but there were no issues here – these guys were just perfect. I’m pretty sure I overwhipped those Bailey’s marshmallows and ended up deflating the mixture in the process, which made flat-ish marshmallows.
- Sift your sugar. You’ll need to sift your confectioners’ sugar over the marshmallows. If you don’t sift the sugar, you’ll end up with lumps of sugar all over your marshmallows. No fun there!
- Storage. These marshmallows will keep well at room temperature for about 1 week. Be sure to keep them in a tightly sealed container.
What to Make with These Marshmallows
This peppermint marshmallow pretzel fudge would also be a perfect way to use up leftover marshmallows. Simply cut extras into minis (about ½-inch cubes) and add them to the recipe in place of packaged marshmallows.
S’mores with homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers are a fantastic treat to make, even in the middle of winter! You can toast your marshmallows in the oven on a baking sheet just like I did for this s’mores ice cream.
And if you’re making a big Christmas dessert board, these marshmallows would be fantastic nestled in next to your favorite cookies.
Any of these winter treats would be perfect for your next snow day!
adapted from King Arthur Flour As a member of the Amazon Associate affiliate program, I earn a small percentage from your qualifying Amazon purchases when you click the Amazon links on this page. I'm not informed of who purchases what, just of what products are purchased.
adapted from King Arthur Flour
As a member of the Amazon Associate affiliate program, I earn a small percentage from your qualifying Amazon purchases when you click the Amazon links on this page. I'm not informed of who purchases what, just of what products are purchased.