I think we should make it mandatory that every Friday include marshmallows, chocolate and peppermint - who's with me??
The chocolate/peppermint combination has always been one of my favorites and adding some fluffy sugar in the middle (because let's be honest guys, that's what a marshmallow is and why we love it so much), makes it all the more delicious. This was my first attempt at making marshmallows and it is so easy. So don't let "homemade marshmallow" freak you out! It's easy and I promise you can do it! If I had only known how easy it was, my life could have been filled with these sugar clouds sooner.
As I have mentioned before, one of the reasons I started cooking and general homemaking is to love on people and serve them well. My hope is that with all of my recipes, they will be made by others for people they love. These are no different, and actually kind of perfect for showing a little bit of love during this holiday season. After making these, I wrapped a couple in wax paper and put them in a cute little bag for Will's coworkers just to say "thanks." I love that baking and cooking automatically gives us a product that can make someone smile.
This recipe is also a really fun one to make with your kiddos. I'll warn you, it's super messy, but I think kids would have a fun time dunking the marshmallows in chocolate and sprinkling crushed peppermint on top.
I have just a few notes about this recipe to hopefully make your life a little bit easier.
First, know that the marshmallow mixture is super sticky. That's how it's supposed to be, so don't worry. Make sure you generously dust the bottom of your pan in powdered sugar (I covered every single inch of mine) to keep it from sticking. The best way I found to get it in the pan is to scrape it out with a spatula and then use an icing spatula (or you can use a regular one if you don't have one) to spread it around and make it even. Then I dusted the top with quite a bit more powdered sugar.
Second, be patient. The marshmallows take a while to dry out, so I let mine stand overnight. You want them to be spongy and slightly firm. This makes it easier to dump them out, easier to cut, and just easier all around so you aren't dealing with a sticky mess.
These marshmallows are wonderful in hot cocoa, great for gifts, or just great for sharing with your family. Happy marshmallow-ing, friends!
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE & PEPPERMINT COVERED MARSHMALLOWS
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- 1 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup crushed peppermint
- Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in a bowl and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
- To make syrup, combine the 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°F on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
- With a mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and mix until the mixture is very thick (I mixed for about 15 minutes). Next, add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- Generously dust an 8x12 nonmetal baking dish with powdered sugar. I made sure the entire bottom was covered because this keeps the marshmallows from sticking to the bottom. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan and smooth with a spatula - the mixture will be very sticky! Dust the top with more powdered sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
- Once the marshmallows are done sitting, turn them onto a board and cut them in squares with a sharp knife. I dusted the sides of all the marshmallows with more powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to one another.
- To cover your marshmallows, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave and dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate. I used a spoon to help cover the whole marshmallow. You want to just cover the marshmallow, so scrape access chocolate off the sides with the spoon. Place the covered marshmallow on a piece of wax paper. Next, sprinkle some crushed peppermint on top (I originally tried rolling them in the peppermint and it turned into a big glob).
- You can either eat these by themselves or stick them in some hot cocoa for a little added sweetness!