Imagine you're cozying up to a crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate. The drink is tasty, of course, but it isn't complete without a fluffy layer of marshmallows on top. Instead of tossing in a few regular marshmallows, though, why not make the sweet additions peppermint flavored? Using only eight ingredients, peppermint marshmallows are surprisingly simple to make and add the perfect amount of holiday cheer to your treats. Store extra marshmallows in a jar on your countertop — or wrap them up as gifts — because these pink confections are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Make the Marshmallow Base
In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour 1/3 cup of gelatin over 1 cup of cold water and set aside. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and water in a large saucepan. Stir this mixture on medium-low heat until all the sugar has dissolved, and then bring it to a boil. Allow it to boil until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a candy thermometer to take the temperature reading. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, cook until the mixture turns into a pliable, gel-like ball when placed in cold water. You will know when your mixture is getting to the correct temperature because the bubbles start getting viscous and are slow to pop.
Whip Until Fluffy and Set
Pour the syrup gently into the gelatin. Then, begin mixing it on low speed for about 6 to 8 minutes with the whisk attachment fitted. Once it starts to foam and thicken, add in your peppermint extract and food coloring. Turn the speed up to high and whip until it doubles in size and becomes thick, or for about 10 minutes.
While it is mixing, grease a 9 inch x 9 inch glass dish with shortening and then dust it with powdered sugar. Pour the marshmallow fluff into the dish and allow it to set for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Cut and Dust Marshmallows
Once the marshmallow mold has set, dust a cutting board or pan with powdered sugar and gently pull out the marshmallow. Cut six rows (approximately 1 1/2 inches thick) with a sharp knife, and then cut those rows into squares until you have about 24 marshmallows. Dust all of the sticky sides in powdered sugar.
Package and Enjoy
Serve your peppermint marshmallows in a warm cup of hot chocolate. Or if you're giving these sweets as a gift, then wrap a bunch in a cute cellophane bag.