As I’ve mentioned a few times before, my family LOVES hot chocolate. It’s one of our favorite cold weather treats.
My girls like to drink their hot chocolate with lots and lots of marshmallows. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Actually, I prefer mine with fresh whipped cream.
But that has changed since I tasted homemade marshmallows.
A neighbor dropped off a Christmas gift last week with some homemade hot chocolate mix and freshly made peppermint marshmallows. Oh my goodness they are so much better than the store-bought kind. My girls were fighting over who got the last one.
To keep the peace I asked my neighbor for the recipe so we could make some ourselves. I can’t believe how simple it was! And there’s no limit to the flavors you can try. Our neighbor made them with peppermint extract instead of vanilla and added crushed candy canes to the top. I substituted the vanilla in the recipe for almond extract, because almond flavoring is delicious with hot chocolate.
You can tint the marshmallows by simply adding some food coloring (add it to the mixer after the fluff turns white). Use cookie cutters to cut out fun-shaped marshmallows. I used a small circular cookie cutter and they looked just like store-bought marshmallows, only they tasted so much better!
I loved how easy it was to make the marshmallows using my Ankarsrum Original mixer! I was a little nervous about pouring the boiling sugar syrup into the plastic mixing bowl, but it was fine. The Double Whisk Bowl is made from Tritan Plastic, which is PBA- and BPS-free, and it’s also free of estrogenic and androgenic activity (EA- and AA-free). Which means it is perfectly safe to pour the hot sugar syrup directly into the bowl.
You don’t need a lot of special equipment to make home made marshmallows. One thing you will need is a candy thermometer. I like to use this in oven thermometer, because I can set the temperature and then walk away from the stove. You will also need parchment paper. My favorite is Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets parchment paper. They are pre-cut for a 12X16″ baking sheet.
You can also use the marshmallow fluff right out of the mixer. It’s delicious! Now I’m craving a fluffernutter sandwich!