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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tbs corn syrup
  • 4 pkgs of plain gelatin
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 big dollops of red food coloring gel
  • 3/4 cup + 3/4 cup of water
  • cooking spray (I use olive oil spray)

Instructions

  1. Spray an 8 x 8 in square pan with cooking spray. Then, line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
  2. Also, oat the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  3. Add sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan and cook it over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Stop stirring and let it come to a boil.
  5. Then, raise the heat to medium-high and cook until a candy thermometer registers 260 degrees.
  6. While the temp is rising, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup of water in a heatproof bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes to soften. It will become like jello.
  7. Fill another saucepan with a bit of water and get it to simmer.
  8. Put the bowl of gelatin over the pan of simmering water and whisk constantly until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  9. Remove it from the heat and stir in the extract and set it aside.
  10. Beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer with a whisk attachment just until stiff peaks form.
  11. Next, in a bowl whisk the gelatin mixture into the sugar mixture. Then, with mixer still running, gradually add the gelatin/sugar mixture to egg whites.
  12. Mix on high speed until very thick, which is usually about 10-15 minutes. (Mine took about 10 min)
  13. Now pour the mixture into the lined pan very quickly.
  14. Next, also quickly, add the food coloring and using a knife or toothpick, swirl the color.
  15. Let the marshmallow stand uncovered at room temperature until it is completely firm. (I did this overnight)
  16. Then, flip it out onto a cutting board dusted with powdered sugar (or corn starch). Flip it over to get the powdered sugar all over the giant marshmallow.
  17. Using scissors, cut the marshmallow into smaller squares. (I made 2 x 2 inch squares)

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