Peppermint Marshmallows

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Scoot over store bought marshmallows.  You have been de-throned!

Nice thought, I know, but in all sincerity, home made marshmallows taste so much better than the store bought ones.

Of course, those are more convenient in a pinch, bind or …whatever, but once you make and taste home made ones, it is definitely hard to go back. It just takes a little prep work and some forethought to get ahead. Trust me, it is so worth the effort!

This time of year, cold weather has many sippin’ on coffee or hot chocolate to keep warm.  Now I am not a huge fan of hot chocolate but on occasion, it really hits the spot and gets the job done!  Like, really hits the spot!  The best part about hot chocolate…what puts it a notch above the “average” lonely standard cup, is to add a Peppermint Marshmallow cube … or two (I won’t judge, I promise) Then be prepared to be WOWED!  Seriously, this goes from a sad cup of hot chocolate to a Hug in a Mug kinda thing!  It kinda reminds me of those chocolate mint candies you get at the OG as your leaving…yeah, those.

As you can see, I use Abuelita brand for an authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate. It’s super easy to use.  It’s deliciously delicious. So…it’s a no-brain-er!  Here’s what you do: Make the Peppermint Marshmallows the night before you are going to need them. I figure since you need to let them sit several hours, why not make them before going to bed, that way, they sit while you sleep! Duh, no-brain-er!

 This way you wake up and they are ready to be cut, dusted and dunked in a cup filled with hot chocolate!  Once they are cut up, make your chocolate and serve it in the cup that puts the biggest smile on your face…or your kids face.

Put a marshmallow on top then grate some of the mexican chocolate on top of the marshmallow.

Give the Marshmallow a quick dunk and watch it get all melty (is that a word?) and gooey.

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

Oh, and don’t forget to be nice and share!

*Marshmallows are very sticky so be prepared to have the powdered sugar handy when you begin to cut them. Sprinkle powdered sugar as you make the cuts in that area. They are easier to handle once the sugar has been applied to the cut areas 🙂

Peppermint Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cold Water, divided
  • .75 oz Knox Unflavored Gelatine*
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 - 2 drops Red Food Coloring
  • 2 cup Powder Sugar for dusting (approximately)

Instructions

  • Prepare a large 8x12" non-metal baking dish by lining with parchment paper, creasing the edges and corners for a snug fit. With a sieve, generously dust with powdered sugar and set aside.
  • Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
  • Meanwhile, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the food coloring, vanilla and peppermint** extracts and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners' sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
  • Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners' sugar.
  • Enjoy as is or in hot chocolate! 🙂
  • Notes

    *Unflavored gelatine: .75 oz is the equivalent of 3 individual packages/envelopes ** Peppermint Extract/Oil: It is very strong so I recommend you begin by adding only 1/4 tsp and after incorporating, taste to see if it suits you. Proceed to add by 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach desired strength then proceed with next step. Each dram/vial you buy at Hobby Lobby equals about 1 tsp more or less ***You will need a Candy Thermometer for this recipe, which can be bought at: WalMart, Bed Bath & Beyond and most if not all, grocery stores.

    http://sweetcoralice.com/peppermint-marshmallows/

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