If you've never had a homemade marshmallow before, you are seriously missing out. They are so much better than store-bought marshmallows, and you can customize them any way you want! Yesterday, my friend Claire and I decided to try Peppermint marshmallows. We used the regular marshmallow recipe, but added a teaspoon of peppermint extract and crushed peppermint candy canes to the top layer. They were delicious! They are really quite simple to make. Here is how you do it:
If you want to do peppermint like we did, crush up some candy canes and spread them onto a greased 9x9 inch pan.
In a large bowl, or in the bowl of your stand mixer, sprinkle 3 packets (.75oz) of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Allow this to dissolve for about 10 minutes. While that's setting, mix 2 cups sugar, 2/3 cup honey, and 1/4 cup water in a pot on the stove. Bring the mixture to a very hard boil, and then cook for one minute. Make sure it is really boiling before you start your "one minute". Stir frequently, and be careful- it's hot! When that is done, pour it over the top of the gelatin/water in your mixer bowl.
Immediately add 1/4 teaspoon salt and begin whisking on HIGH for 10 minutes (I think I usually mix on level 8 or 10 on my KitchenAid Mixer). The mixture should be thick at 10 minutes. Next add 1 Tablespoon Vanilla, and 1 teaspoon peppermint and mix through. Pour the mixture into the 9x9 pan (you could at this point swirl in some red food coloring, if desired). Let it cool/firm. We placed ours in the fridge and it was firm in about 2 hours or so. When it has firmed, pull the entire marshmallow out of the pan. It should come out fairly easy when you pull on it.
In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoons cornstarch. Use this to coat all of the surfaces of your marshmallows (otherwise they will be sticky). Using a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors, cut the marshmallows in to pieces. Re-coat any newly exposed surfaces.
When they are all cut into pieces, store in a container in the fridge. You can store them on a shelf if you will eat them quickly (my last batch lasted almost 2 weeks on the shelf). Or, you can just enjoy then right away in your hot cocoa:
Enjoy your marshmallow making!
If you want plain vanilla marshmallows, just omit the peppermint extract.