Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows


peppermint marshmallows done

I found this recipe on Little Birdie Secrets and knew I had to make it.  They were fun and easy to make.  I gave my boys the job of crushing the candy canes with a hammer, which made them happy.  The recipe makes a huge pile of marshmallows – perfect for giving some away and still having enough for your own hot cocoa.

I don’t have a picture of the ingredients because my camera battery died just as I started making these.  There are some step-by-step photos on Little Birdie Secrets if you’d like to see more details.

Peppermint Marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 6 crushed candy canes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Crush the candy canes.  This is probably easy if you have a food processor.  I don’t, so I had the boys hammer them in a ziplock bag.  We ended up having to put it all into another ziplock, since it broke open a bit.  Try to get the candy canes as fine as possible.  I used 6 candy canes, but ended up with a bit less than 1/2 cup.

Stir the powdered sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl with a fork.  Line a 9×13″ pan with foil.  Spray it with cooking spray and then sift several tablespoons of the powdered sugar mixture over the top of the spray.

In a large mixer bowl, pour 2/3 cup water and sprinkle the gelatin over the top.  Let that soften while you melt the other ingredients.

In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup, candy canes and salt.  Cook over medium heat until it is all dissolved, about 7 minutes.  This did not look like it would work at first.  It was clumped together and just looked like a mess.  But after a few minutes it smoothed out and began to melt.

Pour the candy cane mixture into the gelatin.  Mix on high for 10-15 minutes, until fluffy.  Spread into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle some of the powdered sugar mixture over the top.  Let cool at room temperature for 2 hours.

Remove the foil from the pan and peel away from the marshmallows.  Cut with a wet knife, dipping each side of the marshmallows in the powdered sugar mixture.  Store in an air tight container at room temp.

I had several of the marshmallows in hot cocoa.  Very yummy!


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  1. My mom was making homemade marshmallow last night – just regular dipped in dark chocolate! YUMMY!

  2. Looks very interesting – I’ve never heard of home-made marshmallows before.

  3. I’ve been wanting to try homemade marshmallows for some time now, and this recipe is perfect. I’ll be trying them this weekend with my girls. Thanks!

  4. We wanted to make marshmallow ever since we saw them in a battle on Iron Chef. Bought all the ingredients can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

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