11/28/12

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

Hot chocolate and marshmallows… is there a better combination?

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

How about peppermint marshmallows with hot chocolate? Riiiight?Every year during the holidays, Sam and I make a few batches of homemade marshmallows, flavored with peppermint extract and decorated with swirled red food coloring. They are so festive. And so tasty. It’s one of our favorite traditions.

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

We package little marshmallow squares up with packets of hot chocolate. It’s our go to gift for officemates, neighbors, the mailman, and those other miscellaneous folks on the holiday list.

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

And although they’re not outrageously difficult to make (we bought a candy thermometer JUST for this recipe!), I’ve found that everyone is thoroughly impressed with the concept of homemade marshmallows.Homemade Peppermint Swirl MarshmallowsHomemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

It’s literally the perfect homemade holiday treat.

 
Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows
Yields 16

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Ingredients
Cooking spray
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
4 packages (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
¾ teaspoon peppermint extract
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons red food coloring

Instructions
Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray; line bottom with parchment paper. Coat the parchment with cooking spray, and set pan aside. Put sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; let mixture come to a boil. Raise heat to medium-high; cook until mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in extract; set aside.
Beat egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture; with mixer running, gradually add to egg whites. Mix on high speed until very thick, 12 to 15 minutes.
Pour mixture into lined pan. Working quickly, drop dots of red food coloring across surface of marshmallow. Using a toothpick, swirl food coloring into marshmallow to create a marbleized effect. Let marshmallow stand, uncovered, at room temperature until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

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  1. So pretty! My girls would LOVE these in their hot cocoa.

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