Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peppermint Marshmallows and Rocky Road Fudge

This is a bonus post today as I am going to present two recipes! Hopefully the second recipe will cover up for my slight fail on the first one, please?

This homemade marshmallow post by The Cilantropist had me excited from the first time I read it, thanks to Project Food Blog there were so many good posts and this was by far one of my favorites, mostly since I have a weak spot for s'mores. I decided to change it up a little for the season by adding some peppermint extract. Well, not thinking about how much stronger peppermint extract is than vanilla extract, I used WAY TOO MUCH peppermint extract. As perfectly fluffy and cute the marshmallows turned out, they were potent! They tasted like you just swallowed a bottle of Scope! I know the picture is deceiving, they look innocent!

So with some reading around and slight adjustments, here is the recipe with the correct amount of peppermint extract!

Peppermint Marshmallows

~1 cup confectioners sugar
3 and 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg whites
1 tsp peppermint extract

Grease the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 pan with butter, sift confectioners' sugar over the butter till the pan is completely covered in sugar, chill in refrigerator. In a large mixing bowl pour 1/2 cup cold water and sprinkle gelatin packets over, mix slightly and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the egg whites and beat till stiff peaks, chill in refrigerator till later. 

In a large saucepan combine remaining 1/2 cup cold water, sugar, salt, and corn syrup over low heat. Stir mixture till the sugar is dissolved, then increase heat to medium-high. Do not stir the mixture any longer, you will have to fight the urge to scrape the sides of the pan, just don't do it! Heat the mixture till a candy thermometer measures 240 degrees. This will take 10-15 minutes, depending on the heat and pan. 

Once the sugar mixture has reached 240 degrees, remove from heat and pour over the gelatin mixture from earlier. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat on low till gelatin has dissolved into sugar mixture. Then beat mixture till it has tripled in volume and is a creamy white texture, about 6 minutes. Add the peppermint extract and chilled egg whites and mix just until incorporated. Pour the mixture into prepared chilled pan and sift confectioners' sugar over the top till covered. Let marshmallows chill for 2-3 hours or let stand at room temperature overnight.

Prepare a cutting surface with sifted confectioners' sugar. Once marshmallows have set, run a thin knife, or in my case with a non-stick pan I used nylon pan scraper, around the edges of the pan. Using gravity's assistance, turn the pan upside down and loosen the marshmallow from the bottom of the pan till it drops to the cutting surface. Using a greased knife, scraper, or pizza wheel cut the marshmallows into 1-inch cubes. Throw cut marshmallows back into prepared pan and sift confectioners' sugar over cubes till they are completely coated on all sides. Store in airtight container till ready to use.

The marshmallows were fun to make, that is if you think making a mess is fun! You will go through what feels like a bag of confectioners' sugar and it will end up everywhere! The end result is so worth it though, if you have never had homemade marshmallows they are these delicious, spongy, cloud-like little squares of joy.

Since I had a whole batch of fluffy marshmallows and didn't want to waste them I racked my brain for recipes with marshmallows, what could I make with these so mask the potent taste?

Besides putting them in hot chocolate, I can only drink so much, I decided to dice em up and throw them into a super easy batch of Peppermint Rocky Road Fudge. This was YUMMY! The potent marshmallows gave the fudge a slight peppermint taste, perfect for the season and just in time to send out to friends and family! 

Peppermint Rocky Road Fudge

3 cups mini-peppermint marshmallows
1 and 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper, then grease lightly and set aside. In a medium saucepan over low heat combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Stir till chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, walnuts, and marshmallows. Using greased hands, press the mixture into the prepared pan. Chill the fudge till hardened or ready to serve. Cut into 48 small pieces. 

Hope you enjoy both recipes, I would love to hear some other marshmallow variations!

Also some exciting news, I'm now on Twitter! Bare with me as it is like learning a whole new language!

Happy Baking!


  1. Debbie I am SO thrilled that you loved the marshmallows and my pfb post! I am glad it was one of your favorites, because it was my favorite post to make. :) The rocky road fudge looks fantastic, and perfect for the holidays and I love how colorful it is. Hope your Christmas is wonderful!

  2. This looks amazing, one question! Where is my piece? haa haa LOL! thanks for sharing!

  3. I can't ever make home made marshmallows.. I end up eating them all in one sitting. If I can tie my hands behind my back - I may attempt the peppermint ones.. they look great!

  4. I have been dying to try making marshmallows on my own...I hear they are 1000x better than store bought! They look so fluffy!

  5. My little ones love marshmallows and my husband loves peppermint- houston we have a winner! sorry you used too much, they look gorgeous and I love what you did with the extras. Definitely trying this this week! WIll be great for the kids coming over house for Christmas.

  6. Homemade marshmallows - yay! I made some last year for the first time - I was supposed to swirl in some red food coloring to make them look "candy cane" like, but I didn't execute that step very well so mine looked more like the aftermath of a gruesome murder scene! :-) Still, even if they aren't perfect, a homemade marshmallow is a million times better than store-bought! That rocky road fudge looks delicious too!

  7. I agree - anything homemade tastes a million times better. And the rocky road fudge looks sooo good. Great recipe!

  8. This is inspiring. Now I want to make homemade marshmallows someday. And your fudge looks so delicious! I love rocky road.

  9. Iv'e made marshmallows a couple times and they were so creamy. Especially when I let them melt in my cocoa:) The fudge looks excellent.

  10. Love the marshmallow and the fudge recipe. Lovely texture for the fudge.

  11. Homemade marshmallows....beautiful job. I was tickled over the potent version. ;)

  12. I cannot think of a more perfect way to use up those Scope-like marshmallows. I am sure the chocolate toned the mint down and it was a scrumptious treat. There just isn't anything better than mint and chocolate, right? Happy holidays!!!

  13. I bookmarked that same recipe and you're better than I am because I have still yet to find the time to make them! Maybe tomorrow since I have the day off of work now :) That bark looks equally as delicious.. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  14. I'm always weary about the peppermint extract, because it's hella strong... I sometimes use peppermint schnapps instead... same peppermint effect, but you can be less precise with adding it! This fudge looks absolutely great too!

  15. Rocky Road is my favorite holiday treat!! I have to admit that I am totally spoiled and have never actually made it for myself, but my mom makes it for me every year. It's what she's bringing to Christmas Dinner this year too! Love the peppermint addition... will have to try that. And I am certain my daughter would love to make her own marshmallows! I can guarantee that our kitchen will be a mess. We will do this one when daddy is out of town!

  16. These look delicious and so simple to make!

  17. Congrats on getting in the Top9! These look crazy good!

  18. Wonderful post!! Congrats on getting chosen as Foodbuzz's top 9!! That is so cool!!!


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