Monday, December 6, 2010

ITS MALLOW MANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 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, 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!!!

Here is a recipe for my all-time favorite...

Perfectly Whipped Fluffy Peppermint Marshmallows

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.


  1. Oooh yummy! Would it work to make them in a Bosch?

  2. YES...that is what I used!!! It worked perfect...I also am going to post recipes for butterscotch, vanilla, pumpkin spice and my new favorite...caramel marshmallows! They are all about the same, you just use different candies and spices. They are SOOO easy and your kids will LOVE watching them. In the Bosch, you don't even have to put the lid they can watch the whole thing from unwrapping candies to the boiling liquid to the froth that becomes the marshmallows. It is my new favorite activity. I want to invite people over to go caroling and then come back and have hot chocolate with flavored marshmallows. Doesn't that sound like fun (at least for the kids and moms).

  3. I took them to a friends tonight with hot chocolate for dessert and her husband said that it was the best hot chocolate he'd ever had. His wife said, "That is a lot coming from my husband...he is quite the connoisseur. I was very pleased. Thanks for the fun recipe! I have to try them all. I might take them around this year for Christmas treats to people...something different and fun. I also took your Eclair dessert and the drumsticks from your cookbook. Everyone loved them all!