Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

by Marla on December 13, 2010 · 88 comments

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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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


  • 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


  • 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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