Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

by Marla on December 13, 2010 · 89 comments

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Aren’t marshmallows just so FUN?! These are even more so with their two toned colors, the perfect treat for the holiday season.

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows are as fun to eat out of hand as they are floating & melting in steamy hot chocolate.

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I visited quite a few blogs to learn how to make marshmallows, two great references were Smitten Kitchen & the Cilantropist.

We also once made marshmallows at my favorite Blackmarket Bakery where I take occasional baking classes.

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I got all playful with the color. A few drops of bright red food coloring swirled in & these become a bit more “holiday.”

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The long drive to school inspires a lot of my creative thoughts. I got all smily when I thought up the idea to do jelly jars layered with hot cocoa mix, chocolate chips & these homemade marshmallows.

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How fun would it be to add a few spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix, chocolate chips & peppermint marshmallows to make a steamy cup of hot cocoa.

The true spirit of the winter holidays in one single cup of greatness.

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These marshmallows are rolled in a mix of confectioners sugar & pulverized candy canes to give ‘em a bit more kick. You can use whatever hot chocolate mix you like or make your own. I had fun making little tags and layering this mix in jelly jars.

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White chocolate or milk chocolate chips, or a mix would be fun in these jars.  I always go with bittersweet or semi-sweet. Whatever tickles your taste buds will work out perfectly.

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Are you making homemade holiday gifts? Have you ever made homemade marshmallows?

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: one 9X13 pan of marshmallows, cut large or small

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 packets unflavored Gelatin (=25 grams or 2 tablespoons + 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup Water divided
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Egg Whites
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pure Peppermint Extract
  • Canola Cooking Spray
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting pan
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 ounces Peppermint Sticks (Candy Canes) - about 6-8 medium sized candy canes

Method

  • Have a stand mixer handy & start with a very clean mixer bowl. In a medium sized heat safe bowl - soak gelatin in 1/2 of the water, give a quick stir. Let sit for about 10 minutes until it has bloomed & thickened. Prepare pan - spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with canola spray. Sift some powdered sugar on the bottom & edges. Crush candy canes in food processor until a fine powder is achieved. Add powdered sugar & mix again. Transfer to a covered container & set aside.
  • Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks in stand mixer. Transfer to another bowl & put in the fridge while the sugar syrup reaches the correct temperature. Clean the mixer bowl. *you could also use a hand mixer for the egg whites, this will take a bit longer.
  • Add water, sugar & corn syrup to a medium saucepan. Stir until just dissolved over low heat. Raise the temperature to medium high heat until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F. (not longer) Keep a candy thermometer in the pan to properly gauge temperature. If there are any sugar crystals at the edge of the pan swipe with a damp brush. This mixture will boil for about 12 minutes before it reaches the proper temperature.
  • Put bloomed gelatin in mixer bowl, stir in hot sugar mixture until gelatin dissolves. Start on low speed to mix then mix at high speed for about 6 minutes until mixture is white, creamy & has tripled in volume. Add egg whites, vanilla & peppermint. Beat until just combined.
  • Spray a spatula with cooking spray & gently scoop the marshmallow mix into the prepared pan. Add dots of bright red food coloring to the top of the marshmallow mix & swirl in with a skinny knife or chopstick. Flatten the top with oiled spatula if desired. Sift 1/4 cup of the candy cane powdered sugar over the top of the marshmallows.
  • Let sit for at least 3 hours to overnight. Sprinkle some candy cane powdered sugar on a cutting board. Gently run a knife around the edges of the marshmallow pan to loosen it. Carefully flip the pan onto the cutting board, loosening the marshmallows with your fingers until it releases & drops down. Spray a pizza cutter or sharp knife with cooking spray & cut marshmallows into desired shapes and sizes. Coat marshmallows with candy cane powdered sugar.
  • Notes
  • Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen & multiple sources.
  • You can add more or less peppermint, simply adjust to taste.
  • Don't try to scrape every last bit of the marshmallow mix out of the mixer bowl. You will be left with a sticky, gooey mess if you do. All this goo cleans up easy with hot water.
  • Since I only have one mixer bowl, I beat the eggs to stiff peaks & then put them in a separate bowl in the fridge until my sugar mixture was ready.
  • Store marshmallows at a cool room temperature in an airtight container for about one weeks.
  • Variations
  • You can swirl in some green food coloring too or make multi colored.
  • Not a fan of peppermint? Add another flavored extract. Coconut, orange, coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, etc would all make great marshmallow flavors.
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1 Maria December 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

Great gift idea!!

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2 Joanne December 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

I have been thinking a lot about holiday treats lately and how I can incorporate them into gifts in fun and creative ways. Love this! Peppermint marshmallows are definitely on my list of fun things to make this year. These look fabulous.

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3 bunkycooks December 13, 2010 at 6:34 am

What great gifts! I think the homemade goodies are always so special. I just gave away some of my candy cane cookies and they were greatly appreciated as I am sure your gifts will be, too. Happy Holidays!!

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4 Brooke December 13, 2010 at 6:44 am

That is such a cute holiday gift idea! You are so smart, generous and talented! This would make any cold and chilly morning warm and cozy!

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5 Deliciously Organic December 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

Very, very cute! A fabulous gift idea! The pics of the kids are adorable! :)

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6 Jessica @ How Sweet December 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

These are gorgeous Marla! How fun!

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7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

Awesome idea!

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8 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

oh my goodness these are ADORABLE! i’m trying my hand at marshmallows this week…wish me luck!

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9 Shaina December 13, 2010 at 7:26 am

I love the swirled look. So fun and festive!

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10 Kristen December 13, 2010 at 7:33 am

Very fun – they look so very festive!

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11 Gaby December 13, 2010 at 7:34 am

Love these cute little treats!! I want them in my hot chocolate stat!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

Marla these look amazing!! Not just the marshmallows, the whole gift package!

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13 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

You’re SO Martha Stewart w/ this post. You know that, right?? Very cute idea. I’ve never made my own marshmallows, but these are pretty darn adorable.

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14 Marla December 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

Lori: Do I just adore you or what! Thanks for your sweet compliments on this post. I was sooo fun to channel my inner Martha. After gazing upon all of your holiday treats I felt very inspired to make my own :)

Rachel: As my wonderful baking teacher I am always thrilled when you stop by for a lookie.

Gaby: Looks like we will need a tasty batch of marshmallows inspired by our trip to Mexico ;) I am thinking some kind of tropical infusion.

Heather: Good luck making homemade marshmallows. They are really so much easier than you would ever think.

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15 lisaiscooking December 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

Homemade marshmallows are the best! Peppermint sounds delicious, and your layered jars for hot chocolate are so cute.

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16 Rachel December 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

Fabulous job, Marla!! Pictures really are perfect. Happy holidays!

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17 the urban baker December 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

marla, such a cute idea. i always find the homemade gifts from the kitchen are the best gifts to give. this one is off the charts and i would welcome this gift on my door step any old day of the week!! xx

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18 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

These are so cute and creative, Marla! I’m so impressed with all of your beautiful bows and wrapping. I bet those marshmallows taste like pure heaven, too! Thanks for sharing this. I’ll definitely be remembering the jarred hot cocoa mix for a few little gifts this year! :) Happy holidays to you and your family.

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19 Michelle December 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

I love homemade marshmallows and making them taste like peppermint is perfect for the holidays!

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20 A Canadian Foodie December 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

Marla!
You must have been so excited to make something PINK! You were truly inspired. They are gorgeous, and I am certain, delicious. The photos and design of this post are completely charming. Great gift tags and gifts – and, of course, the marshmallows are the best. A little bag of those, and I would feel as if I were in heaven.
:)
Valerie

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21 Marla December 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

Valerie: Of course I had fun making PINK food. How many things can we eat that are this color? Usually I would go with cranberries or strawberries to get that color, but it was fun to do traditional candy making for a change :)

Georgia: You always make me smile – thanks for your sweet comment.

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22 Daydreamer Desserts December 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

Your post turned out fantastic Marla, you always make everything look so beautiful. Such a clever idea, love it!

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23 CookiePie December 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

WOW – you totally read my mind – I was planning to make peppermint marshmallows for a party this weekend and was about to start researching recipes! Now I can use yours – thank you so much for sharing! And those pics of your kiddos are so, so cute!!!

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24 Sarah December 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Fabulous idea! Curious to know if there is a way to make them without the gelatin? Can something else be subbed in its place? My family is vegetarian and therefore do not consume gelatin.

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25 allison [a for aubergine] December 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

These are gorgeous and so yummy looking, Marla! I am imagining sipping hot cocoa right now :)

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26 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food December 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Fun, fun, fun! And what a way to break out of your comfort zone with these wonderful, sugary (!), and child-friendly holiday season treats. I always count on you for superb recipes that are so very original, well thought out, and beautifully photographed. But, some how some way, you just keep upping the ante with every post. Love your gift idea here.

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27 teresa December 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Marla!
Marla!
Marla!
This post hurts me!
Oh!
It makes me lonnnnnng to be your next door neighbor or bestie!
I would adore sitting in your kitchen and watching you create this MARSHMALLOW MAGIC!
Honestly!
These are THE CUTEST gifts I have EVER seen all wrapped up and ready to be given!
What kind of paper did you use to create those tags?
And what program did you use to design the tags?
I’d just LOVE to know!
Snuggles to you!
Your adorable kiddos are so lucky to have such a FUN mommy!
xoxoxoxo

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28 Susan December 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

i had the great pleasure of tasting a marshmallow. Awesome!

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29 Megan December 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Love the gift idea, and once you have homemade marshmallows, there’s no going back!

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30 Jenny Flake December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

This is by far one of my favorite posts of yours! Gorgeous photos and delicious recipe!

xoxox

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31 Sara December 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

oh boy…I’m drooling! :)

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32 Katrina December 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I LOVE these! Great recipe!!

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33 Anna Johnston December 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Fantastic photos Marla, I take my hat off to you for whipping homemade sweets like this up, just awesome.

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34 Cookin' Canuck December 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

This is such a flippin’ cute idea! At Christmas, there is simply nothing better than the combination of mint and chocolate. I would be thrilled if someone gave this to me as a gift!

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35 Angie's Recipes December 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

What a heartwarming and timely recipe! Temperature is as low as -10 here….and how i wish a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows!

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36 Amanda December 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm

This is the cutest idea ever!! And those peppermint marshmallows sound fantastic. So hoping I made your “nice” list this year! :D

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37 Marla December 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

Amanda: Oh honey you always make my “nice” list – we just need to make sure you are on Santas ;)

Angie: “Heartwarming” – I love that. Sorry to hear your temps are so low, it has oddly been like summer here in SoCal. I am wanting a bit of a cool down, though 10 degrees might be pushing it!

Dara: Come on over girl & i’ll give you as many as you want. Wondering when we will next get together?

Mom: Always a happy surprise when you leave a comment. I am thrilled you were able to try these marshmallows on your visit. I know they are one of your favorite sweet treats! XO

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38 Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} December 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

They look beautiful!

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39 Cristina - Teenie Cakes December 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

Marla – You’re a regular Martha Stewart! These jarred treats with tags are adorable…and your colorful images are print/magazine ready! Just lovely with the homemade marshmallows and seasonally tinted.

It was great seeing you at the luncheon last week! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Hope we’ll meet at another function or event next year too!

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40 Marla December 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Cristina: Awesome seeing you the other day too at the luncheon. Can’t wait to see what fun events we will have in 2011!

Jennie: I hope you try these marshmallows & come back to tell me how they turned out.

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41 Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! December 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Your photos are so awesome!!! Festive and perfect, just like these great marshmallows! I made hot cocoa to give as a gift and wanted to do marshmallows to go with- this is it! THANK YOU!

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42 grace December 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

this is exactly why i need to learn to make marshmallows–there’s no peppermint version in the stores! :)

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43 Jessica December 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I love the way you gift wrapped them!

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44 Faith December 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I would absolutely love to make homemade marshmallows! I’ve heard they are infinitely better than their store-bought counterparts, and I love your idea of flavoring them with peppermint! These are such sweet, thoughtful gifts, Marla…I’m sure they’ll bring a huge smile to the face of whoever is on the receiving end!

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45 Cara December 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Yum! I like splurging on the real sweet stuff too :)

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46 Paula - bell'alimento December 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

pink marshmallows…yes please : )

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47 sara December 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Mmmm, these look so yummy – and they’re so pretty too! :)

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48 Heavenly Housewife December 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

Those are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful marshmallows i’ve ever seen. I love how you made those lovely hot chocolate jars. That is a gift I’d totally love to get.
*kisses* HH

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49 naomi December 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

Lovely! What a great homemade holiday gift. The slight red swirl in the marshmallows make it so festive.

Your kids are so CUTE!!

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50 erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

Oh my goodness. What a wonderful recipe. These marshmallows are so cute, and what a wonderful gift idea this is. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower.

xo

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51 Mariko December 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

This looks so good. Amaya adores marshmallows and I know she would love me forever if I made this. I especially like it in the jar as a gift. So sweet.

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52 Amanda December 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Amazing job girl.. love everything about this!! ESPECIALLY your gorgeous kids!!!

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53 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

Marla I don’t even like marshmallows but you make me want to eat them! Your colors look so inviting and tasty. What a great gift idea!

I always make a ton of homemade goodies to give away for family and friends. The big baking day starts tomorrow :)

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54 Courtney December 17, 2010 at 4:32 am

What a lovely homemade gift! I haven’t had much time on my hands so hopefully homemade gifts next year :) This are so charming, and your children are precious! :)

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55 TidyMom December 17, 2010 at 5:17 am

LOVE these Marla!! I was going to gift jars of hot chocolate…….and time just got away from me…….but I wanted to make marshmallows, I am bookmarking this for valentines day!!! Thanks so much!!! (add your post to my Tumblr blog)

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56 ange December 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

hi there, can you PLEASE let me know where or how you made your gift tags??? they’re wonderful and i would like to do them as soon as possible to attach to my homemade gifts this season. Thank YOU!!

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57 Angie December 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

Love these marshmallows, they look so pretty and love the photographs too, very nice!

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58 Joy December 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

I absolutely love this for my sister in law. She doesn’t drink coffee and she loves hot chocolate.

Your kids are ultra charming, even on a sugar rush! Mine all of a sudden go into a blank stare and fall dead asleep for a few hours when they’ve had too much sugar.

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59 kathleen December 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

These sound really yummy. I love all your beautiful photos!!!

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60 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I love the swirls of red in the marshmallows, how beautiful! And what a great gift idea, you’re just so creative.The packaging is just gorgeous and so are your photos! :)

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61 Nutmeg Nanny December 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

How adorable…and delicious I bet! Whoever receives this goodies is going to be very happy :)

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62 Kelly L. December 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

These with some tea in front of out fireplace…. heaven :)

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63 Marla December 21, 2010 at 6:46 am

Kelly: I know, these in front of the fireplace would be the perfect combination! Slopeside ;)

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64 Aggie December 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

how stinkin cute is this!! hope you had a wonderful holiday
with your family!

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65 Kitchen Butterfly December 28, 2010 at 1:55 am

What beautiful gifts……………have a blessed holiday
season.

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66 Feast on the Cheap January 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

So fun! The perfect snow day treat.

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67 Natasha December 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I was wondering what type of food processor is strong enough to crush up the candy canes? I have a small cheap food processor I bought at CVS…I’ve been wanting something nicer, but just haven’t had the funds. What do you suggest as I would love to make these for my mother in law.
Thanks, Tash

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68 Marla December 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hi Tash! Here is a GREAT way to do it…..take a plastic bag (a thick one) put the candy canes in the bag and bang with a hammer. I hope this helps. No use in breaking your food processor ;)

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69 Tash December 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thanks for that suggestion. I also wanted to ask if there was a way to make the marshmallows without using corn syrup? I want to make them for my mother-in-law, but she says that corn syrup makes her arthritis flare. I don’t know if its true or if she’s being dramatic, however I thought I would double check. Thanks. Can’t wait to give these a whirl!

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70 Marla December 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi Tash! I have never tried maple syrup, but that is the way I would go for marshmallows in the future. These were tested with the corn syrup. The only recipe on my blog with CS. I have heard natural maple syrup is great in homemade marshmallows. I would probably use grade A. Let me know how it goes if you try it.

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71 Natasha December 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Hi Maria, I just finished making the marshmallows and I can’t help but feel I did something wrong. For starters mine look much shorter than yours, yours look taller, fluffier. And most importantly, they seem really dense. You’re look fluffy, mine almost look more like a yummy bear than fluffy. I’m tempted to try again, do you have any suggestions? Thanks. I just want them to be perfect. Also, when I poured the mixture into the pyrex pan the marshmallow was started to bubble a bit. Also, the powdered sugar I sprinkled on the top at got all weird and crusty looking. Just not sure where I went wrong.

72 Natasha December 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Sorry for all the weird typo mistakes. Sent it from my phone.

73 Vanessa December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I make peppermint marshmallows for a Christmas Eve bonfire every year. I’m sure they’re excellent in cocoa, but if you roast them, the crushed candy cane they’re rolled in makes a hard candy shell with melted marshmallow inside and it’s AMAZING!

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74 Anne December 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

Just made the marshmallows, can’t wait to taste them! Thanks for the great recipe. I added too much peppermint extract to the recipe I hacked from Martha Stewart – nice to have a tried and true recipe to go on.

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75 Jessica April 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I cannot wait to make these! I am going to try a mint flair for summer.

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76 Marla December 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hi Natasha, sorry to hear your marshmallows are not as expected. Whenever I make mine they work out but I have heard that a lot of folks find them a bit tricky at first. Might take a few times??

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77 Natasha December 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Marla,

Quick question, how long are the marshmallows good for? Saw on another recipe by Martha Stewart that they last about 3 days in an airtight container. Is that true, do they last only three days? If so, I’ll have to make another batch right before Christmas.
Thanks!

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78 Marla December 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Natasha, ours lasted forever in an airtight container. Not a problem over here :)

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