So, we've been having fun this week after spending time in the cold, coming in and drinking hot chocolate with......FLAVORED MARSHMALLOWS!!! They are incredible!!! They melt into your hot chocolate and flavor it with which ever flavored marshmallow you pick...they are FABULOUS! Is there any wheat in them...no. Are there any whole grains in them at all...well, no. Are they in any way healthy for you...well unless you consider mental health, then...no. BUT, they are so fun to make, your kids can help and even if you don't have kids, they are pretty fancy at ANY holiday party. So, I decided to post them anyway. Eventually, I'll get back to whole wheat Christmas baking, but for now, lets just enjoy MALLOW MANIA!!!
1/2 C cold water
3 pkts. plain gelatin (3 envelopes)
Mix the above in a stand mixer and let sit for about 13-15 minutes.
Mix the following in a saucepan:
1 C sugar
1 C finely crushed peppermint (works great in a powerful blender…it should be like a powder)
1/3 C water
3/4 C corn syrup
Heat, stirring occasionally over medium-high heat until it reaches a full boil. Let mixture boil for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes (STIRRING CONSTANTLY so it doesn't stick to the bottom and burn). Remove from heat and pour into mixing bowl with gelatin and water. Add salt. Attach whips to stand mixer (may also be able to use hand mixer, but whips work better) and whip for 15 minutes, adding 1/8 tsp of salt at the beginning of the mixing. Mixture will get quite frothy. While mixing, place a piece of parchment paper in a 13X9 pan and spray lightly with cooking oil. When mixing is finished, pour mixture into parchment-lined 13X9 pan. Let sit for several hours or overnight to fully set the marshmallows. Cut into pieces, coat in mixture of powdered sugar and corn starch (the amount doesn't matter too much it is just for a little extra sweet and to lessen the stickiness).
Note: When cutting marshmallows, it helps to spray the knife periodically with cooking spray so the marshmallows don't stick to the knife.
These are WONDERFUL. Let them sit in your hot chocolate for a bit so that they melt a bit and ooze down into your cocoa giving it a minty peppermint twist. Oh, and when I grind the peppermint, I grind a whole box and just save the leftover peppermint "dust". Then I sprinkle it on the top of the cocoa with the peppermint marshmallows...I don't know if you get a more Christmas-flavored treat than this one.