Ever Wonder How to Make Marshmallows?

A true winter treat, great with hot cocoa or in a s'more, or even straight out of container (we won't look ;)).  We found this easy recipe on http://www.abeautifulmess.com , written by Emma Chapman .  Looks really tasty and made out of natural ingredients without artificial flavors and colors added.  A fun holiday activity for the whole family, and it makes for a great homemade gift :)! "PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS Peppermint marshmallows! It's time for marshmallows! Seriously. It's time for hot cocoa and spiced lattes. The perfect top to these delicious hot treats? Whipped cream seems obvious, of course. But, what about a big, pillowy peppermint marshmallow? Oh yes. Peppermint marshmallows! Then they'd be a great after dinner treat. Peppermint Marshmallows, makes around two dozen. 1 cup cold water 3 envelopes plain gelatin powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup light corn syrup a pinch of salt 1 teaspoon peppermint extract red food coloring (optional) 1/3 cup powdered sugar [caption id="attachment_1097" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image taken from http://www.abeautifulmess.com[/caption] In the bowl of your stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of the water with the gelatin. Just pour the gelatin over the top of the water and let that sit while you do the next steps.How to make peppermint marshmallows In a medium sized pot combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn the heat up and allow the mixture to reach 240°F. It is best to use a candy thermometer for this. Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature remove from heat. Turn your mixture (with the gelatin water) on low. If your mixer can with a splash guard, here's a good time to use it. :) Carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the mixer while it's running. Pour in the peppermint extract. Now turn the speed up to medium/high and beat for about 6 minutes until the batter looks white and fluffy, like marshmallow cream. How to make peppermint marshmallows In an 8x8 square pan sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Add a couple of drops of red food coloring if using. Pour a thin layer of marshmallow cream over the bottom of the pan. Use the edge of a knife to swirl the food coloring around. Pour on the remaining marshmallow cream, add a couple more dots of red food coloring and use your knife to swirl again over the top. Now sprinkle on some powdered sugar, cover and allow to set overnight. [caption id="attachment_1098" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image taken from http://www.abeautifulmess.com[/caption] The next day plop the marshmallows out onto a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Peppermint marshmallows!"  Credits // Author and Photography by: Emma Chapman  
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