Learn how to make peppermint swirl marshmallows for the holidays at home, with no corn syrup required! These make lovely and delicious handcrafted gifts!
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One of my favorite things about winter is cozying up with a cup of hot cocoa and reading a book or watching a movie. I am not a big fan of cold weather, and I stay cold most of the time during the winter.
I’m not a coffee drinker, so enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa is one of the best ways I can thaw out. 🙂 Topping my hot cocoa with some homemade peppermint swirl marshmallows makes it feel like a festive gourmet treat in the comfort of my own home!
For years, I had no idea you could make your own marshmallows at home. I don’t know why that concept seemed so difficult to me…I suppose I thought only skilled confectioners were able to make marshmallows.
I stumbled across a recipe a few years back for vanilla marshmallows and decided to try it. To my surprise, it worked, and they were quite tasty! However, that recipe called for corn syrup. I don’t personally have anything against corn syrup, especially in the occasional treat. But I know some people are sensitive to it and others have chosen to eliminate it from their diet completely.
So recently, I wanted to make a batch or two of marshmallows…some for my little family and some to give as gifts. The only catch was that I didn’t have enough corn syrup to make the recipe. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and here we are with these delightfully fluffy and sweet peppermint swirl marshmallows that were made with no corn syrup!
I adapted and combined aspects of recipes from Food.com and Living Well Spending Less to create this version. Not only are they yummy, but they are also lovely! Just look at those red and pink swirls throughout each one!
If you are sensitive to red dye or choose to avoid it, you can totally omit it from this recipe. It does not affect the taste, it simply enhances the look of the marshmallows.
Really, making homemade marshmallows is not nearly as difficult as you might think. With just a little bit of effort, you can have peppermint swirl marshmallows to enjoy during your own holiday traditions or to give as an inexpensive handcrafted gift. They would be perfect wrapped in a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon…you could gift them by themselves or along with some hot cocoa mix and a mug to friends, coworkers, teachers, and so on.
Homemade marshmallows are SO much better than storebought. The texture is better, the flavor is better…give them a try, you’ll love them!