Friday, December 18, 2009

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

For a long time I've been thinking about making homemade marshmallows. When the new Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies booklet arrived in the mail and included a recipe for Easy Peppermint Marshmallows, I had to try it! My son "Mooseman" was my assistant.

The recipe takes some time (it took longer than the recipe indicates), but it's not difficult. First we softened unflavored gelatin (a 1-ounce box) in water. Meanwhile, we mixed water, corn syrup, and sugar in a heavy saucepan and cooked it to temperature. Finally, we combined the sugar syrup with the gelatin, added peppermint extract, and beat the marshmallow mixture until it was white and fluffy. We transferred it to a buttered baking pan to set. The Betty Crocker recipe calls for a swirl of red food coloring, but we omitted that.

After transferring the mixture, we taste-tested what was left in the mixer bowl. It was quite pepperminty and, of course, extremely sticky! Clean-up wasn't bad, though, because the sugar dissolved readily in hot water.

I can't find the recipe online, but it's similar to this. (Updated 12/10/10 to add: This recipe for Sweet Swirl Marshmallows is slightly reworded, but it's extremely similar to the one I used.) For the exact recipe, you can probably still find the Betty Crocker booklet at a checkout line. You might also be able to find it in this free download from coupons.com (via Money Saving Mom).

After the marshmallows had set overnight, I cut them into cubes. (I found it easiest to cut them into strips using a large knife, then use scissors to cut into individual pieces.) Mooseman rolled them in powdered sugar.

We found that the peppermint flavor mellowed a bit overnight. Mooseman, who loves all things peppermint, loves these marshmallows. We've also found that they're delicious in hot cocoa! They melt into a much creamier foam than purchased marshmallows, and the peppermint flavor is a welcome addition.

1 comment :

  1. Oh Red loves marshmallows Melissa. He would be in his glory if I had the time to make these. Maybe he'll get them for the New Year :)

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