Peppermint Marshmallows

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by grandma2969

may change flavors and food colorings..think I found these in a Martha Stewart magazine, of course, but they sure looked pretty..would like to try my hand at them and give as gifts during Christmas holidays with a jar of homemade hot chocolate

Top Review by suannm

4 stars because this recipe is delicious, but by far the MESSIEST thing I have ever made. EVER. Prep time took 1 hour 15 minutes from when I started pulling out ingredients to when I finished putting the mixture in the pan to set. The messiness began when I mixed the gelatin in to the hot sugar mixture and caramelized sugar adhered to my mixing blades (cleaned later with boiling water and a knife blade to scrape). The high speed mixing of all of the ingredients took about 12 minutes, as indicated in the recipe. There was a definite change at that point and the mixture got really thick and sticky. This is where the mess really gets going. Getting the marshmallow goo from the bowl to the pan and off the blades was virtually impossible. I had fluff and sticky stuff EVERYWHERE in my kitchen. It sticks to everything from your fingers to the mixing bowl to the spatula. And not only does it stick, it strings out. If I were to try this again, I think I would set the bowl quickly over a pan of simmering water and use a metal spoon that had been dipped in hot water (instead of a rubber spatula). To get the remaining marshmallow goo out of the bowl, I placed it over simmering water for less than a minute. No time o add red food coloring before the mixture got pretty solid. Haven't taken it out of the wax paper yet, so I can't say how well it will come out. But right now it has lots of mounds and I can't imagine it is going to flatten out nicely for gift giving.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Coat an 8" square pan with pan -- line bottom with parchment paper, coat paper with spray and set aside.
  2. Put sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water in small pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring till sugar is dissolved --
  3. Stop stirring. Just as mixture comes to a boil -- raise heat to medium high. Cook till mixture registers 360° on candy thermometer.
  4. Meanwhile sprinkle knox (unflavored) gelatin over 3/4 cup of water. Let stand 5 minutes to soften.
  5. Set bowl with gelatin mix over a pan of simmering water.
  6. Whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in extract and set aside.
  8. Beat egg whites in bowl of mixer till stiff, but not dry.
  9. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture, with mixer running -- gradually add to egg whites.
  10. Mix on high speed till very thick for 12-15 minutes.
  11. Pour mixture into lined pans.
  12. Working quickly, add drops of red food coloring and creat a marbelized effect -- using a toothpick.
  13. Let stand at room temperature about 3 hours.
  14. Cut into squares.
  15. Not sure on the cooking time. When I get around to make these, Iwill post any changes I can, but honestly these marshmallows looked awesome -- can imagine using other flavors like butterscotch, etc.

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