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Peppermint Marshmallows: A Sweet Delight for the Holiday Season

When it comes to the holiday season, there’s nothing quite like the joy of indulging in some homemade treats. One dessert that never fails to bring a smile to everyone’s face is peppermint marshmallows. These fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth delicacies are the perfect combination of sweetness and refreshing mint flavor. In this article, we’ll explore the wonders of peppermint marshmallows and why they should be a staple in your holiday repertoire.

The Magic of Peppermint

Peppermint has long been associated with the holiday season. Its cooling and invigorating properties make it the perfect flavor to complement the warmth and coziness of winter. Whether it’s in the form of candy canes, hot chocolate, or marshmallows, peppermint adds a touch of festive magic to any treat.

Marshmallows: A Fluffy Delight

Marshmallows, on the other hand, are a timeless confectionary classic. Their pillowy texture and sweet taste make them a favorite among both children and adults. Whether toasted over a campfire or melted into a cup of hot cocoa, marshmallows bring a sense of comfort and nostalgia.

The Perfect Marriage

Now imagine combining the refreshing flavor of peppermint with the soft and fluffy texture of marshmallows. The result is a dessert that is truly a match made in heaven. Peppermint marshmallows offer a delightful balance of sweetness and minty freshness, making them a crowd-pleaser at any holiday gathering.

How to Make Peppermint Marshmallows

Making peppermint marshmallows is surprisingly easy, and the homemade version is far superior to store-bought ones. All you need are a few simple ingredients and some patience.

Ingredients:

  • Gelatin
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Peppermint extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Dissolve gelatin in cold water and let it bloom.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and add peppermint extract.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased and confectioners’ sugar-dusted pan.
  6. Let it set for several hours or overnight.
  7. Cut into squares or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.
  8. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to prevent sticking.

Why Homemade is Best

While store-bought marshmallows may be convenient, there’s something truly special about making your own. Homemade peppermint marshmallows allow you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking. Plus, the process of making them is a fun and rewarding activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Endless Possibilities

Peppermint marshmallows are not only delicious on their own but also versatile in various holiday recipes. You can use them to make s’mores, add them as a topping to hot chocolate, or even incorporate them into festive desserts like peppermint bark or rice crispy treats. The possibilities are endless!

FAQs

1. Can I substitute gelatin with agar agar for a vegetarian version?

Yes, agar agar can be used as a vegan-friendly substitute for gelatin in marshmallow recipes. Follow the instructions on the agar agar package for the appropriate conversion.

2. How long do homemade peppermint marshmallows last?

If stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, homemade peppermint marshmallows can last for up to two weeks.

3. Can I use peppermint essential oil instead of peppermint extract?

Peppermint essential oil is more concentrated than peppermint extract, so it’s best to use it sparingly. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

4. Can I use a stand mixer to make the marshmallow mixture?

Yes, a stand mixer can be used to whip the marshmallow mixture. It will make the process easier, especially when dealing with large batches.

5. Can I color the marshmallows?

Yes, you can add a few drops of food coloring to the marshmallow mixture before pouring it into the pan. Just make sure to mix well to distribute the color evenly.

6. Can I use peppermint syrup instead of peppermint extract?

Peppermint syrup can be used as a substitute for peppermint extract. However, keep in mind that syrup has a higher water content, so you may need to adjust the recipe accordingly.

7. Can I toast homemade peppermint marshmallows?

Yes, you can toast homemade peppermint marshmallows over a campfire or using a kitchen torch for a delightful smoky flavor.

8. Can I use flavored gelatin for different variations?

Yes, you can experiment with different flavored gelatin to create unique marshmallow flavors. Just be sure to adjust the sugar and other ingredients accordingly.

In Conclusion

Peppermint marshmallows are a delightful treat that brings joy and warmth to the holiday season. Whether you enjoy them on their own or use them in various recipes, their sweet and minty flavor is sure to please. By making your own homemade peppermint marshmallows, you can create a truly special and personalized holiday experience. So why not give it a try this year and add a touch of magic to your festivities?

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Peppermint Marshmallows

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 40

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup of water , divided
  • 3 packages (0.25 ounce each) of unflavored gelatin
  • 2/3 cup of light corn syrup
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9x9 inch baking dish by lining it with lightly greased foil or plastic wrap.
  • Grease another piece of foil or plastic wrap to cover the top and set it aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, pour 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle gelatin on top to soak.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and let it boil hard for 1 minute.
  • Pour the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture and beat it on high with the electric mixer for 12 minutes until the mixture becomes fluffy and forms stiff peaks.
  • Add vanilla and peppermint extracts to the mixture and beat just until blended.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture into the prepared baking dish, using a greased spatula to smooth the top.
  • Cover the candy with the reserved greased foil or wrap and lightly press down to seal it to the top of the candy.
  • Allow the marshmallow candy to rest for 4 hours or overnight.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together cornstarch and confectioner's sugar.
  • Using oiled scissors or an oiled kitchen knife, cut the marshmallow candy into strips and then into 1-inch squares.
  • Lightly dredge the marshmallows
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