These marshmallows have a hint of peppermint and a red swirl across their tops. I just love the idea of candy cane striped marshmallows this time of year, and are surprisingly simple.
Frank and I are celebrating Christmas here in Bangkok this year, so I won't do quite as much holiday baking as I have in the past. But making peppermint flavored marshmallows? That seemed like something worth doing.
Since it is Secret Recipe Club time, I used Evelyne's Easy Basic Marshmallow recipe, from her blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz, as a starting point. Inspired by her passion for a variety of ethnic cuisines, Evelyne's blog lives up to its name. It's full of great recipes from all over the world.
Just as I love fake fall in our tropical wonderland, I love filling our home with all the comforts of the Christmas season. Our tree is up, the stockings are hung, and, thanks to my friend Kristin's gift of a pine-scented candle, it even smells like Christmas.
Curling up with a mug of hot cocoa topped with these marshmallows is just icing on the cake.
More Christmas Baking Ideas
- Crisp Gingerbread Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
- Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
- Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Mint Pinwheel Cookies
- Candy Cane Meringues
- Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
- Christmas Tree Meringues
- Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles
- Sweet and Salty Snack Mix (great for gift giving!)
- 9x13 Emile Henri Baker
- Parchment Paper Sheets
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- All Clad Saucepan
- Javelin Pro Instant Thermometer
- 6-inch Global Knife
- 9 x 13 Baking Dish
- Parchment Paper
- Stand Mixer
- Sharp Knife
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar, for dusting, divided
- 2 ½ tablespoon Unflavored Gelatin
- ½ cup Cold Water
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- ¾ cup Corn Syrup
- ¼ cup Water
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 10 drops Red Food Coloring
- Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and lightly grease all over with vegetable oil or nonstick spray. Lightly dust with powdered sugar. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Set aside.
- Combine sugar, corn syrup, ¼ cup water, and salt in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and boil hard, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 240°F (this took me about 20 minutes).
- Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour the boiling syrup over the gelatin. Increase the speed to high and beat for 12 minutes or until the mixture is no longer expanding in volume. Add peppermint extract beat on high for another minute.
- Pour the marshmallow into prepared pan. Pat the surface of the marshmallows with slightly damp hands until it is smooth and evenly spread throughout the pan. Randomly drop red food coloring over the surface and drag a sharp knife through the marshmallows to create a swirled pattern.
- Let mixture sit, uncovered, for at least 12 hours at cool room temperature (or in the refrigerator if you live in a humid place like Bangkok).
- Remove from pan, dust the marshmallows with powdered sugar and cut into 20-24 equal pieces with scissors or a chef’s knife. Dust each marshmallow with powdered sugar.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks.
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I am on such a homemade marshmallow kick right now. Those look gorgeous!
I have got to make them more often! It's such a fun, and relatively easy, kitchen project! We'll be having delicious hot cocoa all week. 😉
Micha @ Cookin' Mimi
I love peppermint and homemade marshmallows are on my to make list so I'll have to give this variation a try.
Me too, Micha - peppermint is one of my all time favorite flavors.
Simply gorgeous photos as usual and I love the idea of making home-made marshmallows!
I'm totally hooked now - I think I'll be trying some other variations too...now that I know it's not as difficult as I once thought. 😉
Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
I have yet to try making marshmallow at home and I know that I am messing out!
I love the little floating cubes of marshmallow with the pretty red swirls!
A cup of hot chocolate topped with that and a good book! heaven!
Gorgeous! These are seriously beautiful marshmallows...and they sound really delicious!
Claire @ Claire K Creations
They look wonderful Jess! Strangely I've always been too scared to make marshmallow. It seems so precise. Yours look so pretty though I may just have to give it a go.
Oh, Jess! These are just gorgeous! I love how they look almost like Florentine paper! They're the prettiest marshmallow I've ever seen!
Erin @ The Emerging Foodie
These are absolutely gorgeous! What a fun thing to make. And yay for pine-scented candles! 🙂 Hope you're doing well, Jess!
I tried to make homemade marshmallows ONCE. It was chaos. You make it look easy so maybe I will try again because yours look beautiful! Great pick for SRC.
Oh wow Jess impressed by this seasonal twist on the marshmallow recipe. They look so wonderful. Happy Holidays!
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
These marshmallows look gorgeous!!!
sarah k @ the pajama chef
i need to try these! they look incredible 🙂
These look SOOO good...like candy! The real question is...." who got to lick the beaters ?" YUM
I think you can guess at the answer to that. I've got two tiny children telling me to lick every beater in sight. 😉
Jane, The Heritage Cook
Jess - these are absolutely gorgeous! I love that you showed how to marble the marshmallows. I am a peppermint lover and these are high on my "to make" list!
Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily
These marshmallows are so gorgeous like works of art Jess! We need try these soon.
Enjoy your Holidays in the tropical wonderland:)
These look amazing! Beautiful photos, and I love your use of binder clips to keep the parchment in place. Great tip!
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
These are so pretty! Love the swirl!
Great pick for around Christmas! I bet it tasted delicious!
Isabelle @ Crumb
Seriously, Jess, these are GORGEOUS! I love the pretty red swirls across the top... such a beautiful touch to make them extra-special.
I'm sure it's anything but hot chocolate weather in Bangkok right about now, but hey, Christmas only comes once a year. 🙂 Hope you guys have a great holiday.
My goodness, these marshmallows are so striking! They caught my eye right away! I just love that bright red color - they are the best Christmas marshmallows ever - great job!! And you make it look so easy. I have to remember this and give it a try when I want to wow someone at Christmas.
sally @ sallys baking addiction
Jess I have been wanting to make homemade marshmallows!! And these are perfect. I want one in my peppermint mocha coffee right now. Is that weird? Yum!
I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
I love these marshmallows Jess! So festive and totally perfect for the holidays. Pinning this beauty. Have a wonderful week my friend. 🙂
I love homemade marshmallows - I've been on such a kick lately. My night time indulgence with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I love the way the swirl came out - it's so pretty and festive!
i'd like these in a cup of hot cocoa now!
Layla @ Brunch Time Baker
These look amazing!
Kate | Food Babbles
These are so fun and festive! And your red swirl is perfect. I love peppermint and these are perfect for floating atop a cup of hot cocoa.
I never knew you could make marshmallows...Yours looks festive and fantastic 🙂 ela
Taylor @ greens & chocolate
I am loving everything peppermint right now! These would make such pretty gifts on top of a mug of homemade hot cocoa mix!
Those are literally the tastiest looking marshmallows I've ever seen! I could drink cup after cup of it 🙂
Beautiful photos! I just started making marshmallows. Will definitely have to try this flavor.
Going to pick up some kosher gelatin and try this recipe shortly! Will let you know how it goes, Jess. 🙂