Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

Marla Meridith

December 13, 2010

Homemade marshmallows for the holidays in hot chocolate

Aren’t marshmallows just so FUN?! These are even more so with their two-toned colors, the perfect treat for the holiday season. Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows are as fun to eat out of hand as they are floating & melting in steamy hot chocolate.


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I visited quite a few blogs to learn how to make marshmallows, two great references were Smitten Kitchen & the Cilantropist.

We also once made marshmallows at my favorite Blackmarket Bakery where I take occasional baking classes.

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I got all playful with the color. A few drops of bright red food coloring swirled in & these become a bit more “holiday.”

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The long drive to school inspires a lot of my creative thoughts. I got all smily when I thought up the idea to do jelly jars layered with hot cocoa mix, chocolate chips & these homemade marshmallows.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

How fun would it be to add a few spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix, chocolate chips & peppermint marshmallows to make a steamy cup of hot cocoa.

The true spirit of the winter holidays in one single cup of greatness.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

These marshmallows are rolled in a mix of confectioners sugar & pulverized candy canes to give ’em a bit more kick. You can use whatever hot chocolate mix you like or make your own. I had fun making little tags and layering this mix in jelly jars.

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White chocolate or milk chocolate chips, or a mix would be fun in these jars.  I always go with bittersweet or semi-sweet. Whatever tickles your taste buds will work out perfectly.

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Are you making homemade holiday gifts? Have you ever made homemade marshmallows?

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  • Maria
    Posted at 06:30h, 13 December

    Great gift idea!!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 06:30h, 13 December

    I have been thinking a lot about holiday treats lately and how I can incorporate them into gifts in fun and creative ways. Love this! Peppermint marshmallows are definitely on my list of fun things to make this year. These look fabulous.

  • bunkycooks
    Posted at 06:34h, 13 December

    What great gifts! I think the homemade goodies are always so special. I just gave away some of my candy cane cookies and they were greatly appreciated as I am sure your gifts will be, too. Happy Holidays!!

  • Brooke
    Posted at 06:44h, 13 December

    That is such a cute holiday gift idea! You are so smart, generous and talented! This would make any cold and chilly morning warm and cozy!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 06:47h, 13 December

    Very, very cute! A fabulous gift idea! The pics of the kids are adorable! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 06:56h, 13 December

    These are gorgeous Marla! How fun!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 07:09h, 13 December

    Awesome idea!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 07:10h, 13 December

    oh my goodness these are ADORABLE! i’m trying my hand at marshmallows this week…wish me luck!

  • Shaina
    Posted at 07:26h, 13 December

    I love the swirled look. So fun and festive!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 07:33h, 13 December

    Very fun – they look so very festive!

  • Gaby
    Posted at 07:34h, 13 December

    Love these cute little treats!! I want them in my hot chocolate stat!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Posted at 07:39h, 13 December

    Marla these look amazing!! Not just the marshmallows, the whole gift package!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    Posted at 07:41h, 13 December

    You’re SO Martha Stewart w/ this post. You know that, right?? Very cute idea. I’ve never made my own marshmallows, but these are pretty darn adorable.

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:38h, 13 December

      Lori: Do I just adore you or what! Thanks for your sweet compliments on this post. I was sooo fun to channel my inner Martha. After gazing upon all of your holiday treats I felt very inspired to make my own 🙂

      Rachel: As my wonderful baking teacher I am always thrilled when you stop by for a lookie.

      Gaby: Looks like we will need a tasty batch of marshmallows inspired by our trip to Mexico 😉 I am thinking some kind of tropical infusion.

      Heather: Good luck making homemade marshmallows. They are really so much easier than you would ever think.

  • lisaiscooking
    Posted at 08:18h, 13 December

    Homemade marshmallows are the best! Peppermint sounds delicious, and your layered jars for hot chocolate are so cute.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 08:32h, 13 December

    Fabulous job, Marla!! Pictures really are perfect. Happy holidays!

  • the urban baker
    Posted at 08:56h, 13 December

    marla, such a cute idea. i always find the homemade gifts from the kitchen are the best gifts to give. this one is off the charts and i would welcome this gift on my door step any old day of the week!! xx

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 09:31h, 13 December

    These are so cute and creative, Marla! I’m so impressed with all of your beautiful bows and wrapping. I bet those marshmallows taste like pure heaven, too! Thanks for sharing this. I’ll definitely be remembering the jarred hot cocoa mix for a few little gifts this year! 🙂 Happy holidays to you and your family.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 09:47h, 13 December

    I love homemade marshmallows and making them taste like peppermint is perfect for the holidays!

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 10:40h, 13 December

    You must have been so excited to make something PINK! You were truly inspired. They are gorgeous, and I am certain, delicious. The photos and design of this post are completely charming. Great gift tags and gifts – and, of course, the marshmallows are the best. A little bag of those, and I would feel as if I were in heaven.

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:53h, 13 December

      Valerie: Of course I had fun making PINK food. How many things can we eat that are this color? Usually I would go with cranberries or strawberries to get that color, but it was fun to do traditional candy making for a change 🙂

      Georgia: You always make me smile – thanks for your sweet comment.

  • Daydreamer Desserts
    Posted at 11:42h, 13 December

    Your post turned out fantastic Marla, you always make everything look so beautiful. Such a clever idea, love it!

  • CookiePie
    Posted at 12:11h, 13 December

    WOW – you totally read my mind – I was planning to make peppermint marshmallows for a party this weekend and was about to start researching recipes! Now I can use yours – thank you so much for sharing! And those pics of your kiddos are so, so cute!!!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 12:16h, 13 December

    Fabulous idea! Curious to know if there is a way to make them without the gelatin? Can something else be subbed in its place? My family is vegetarian and therefore do not consume gelatin.

  • allison [a for aubergine]
    Posted at 12:36h, 13 December

    These are gorgeous and so yummy looking, Marla! I am imagining sipping hot cocoa right now 🙂

  • Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food
    Posted at 14:38h, 13 December

    Fun, fun, fun! And what a way to break out of your comfort zone with these wonderful, sugary (!), and child-friendly holiday season treats. I always count on you for superb recipes that are so very original, well thought out, and beautifully photographed. But, some how some way, you just keep upping the ante with every post. Love your gift idea here.

  • teresa
    Posted at 15:13h, 13 December

    This post hurts me!
    It makes me lonnnnnng to be your next door neighbor or bestie!
    I would adore sitting in your kitchen and watching you create this MARSHMALLOW MAGIC!
    These are THE CUTEST gifts I have EVER seen all wrapped up and ready to be given!
    What kind of paper did you use to create those tags?
    And what program did you use to design the tags?
    I’d just LOVE to know!
    Snuggles to you!
    Your adorable kiddos are so lucky to have such a FUN mommy!

  • Susan
    Posted at 15:32h, 13 December

    i had the great pleasure of tasting a marshmallow. Awesome!

  • Megan
    Posted at 17:39h, 13 December

    Love the gift idea, and once you have homemade marshmallows, there’s no going back!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 18:28h, 13 December

    This is by far one of my favorite posts of yours! Gorgeous photos and delicious recipe!


  • Sara
    Posted at 18:30h, 13 December

    oh boy…I’m drooling! 🙂

  • Katrina
    Posted at 19:19h, 13 December

    I LOVE these! Great recipe!!

  • Anna Johnston
    Posted at 19:44h, 13 December

    Fantastic photos Marla, I take my hat off to you for whipping homemade sweets like this up, just awesome.

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 19:56h, 13 December

    This is such a flippin’ cute idea! At Christmas, there is simply nothing better than the combination of mint and chocolate. I would be thrilled if someone gave this to me as a gift!

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 21:49h, 13 December

    What a heartwarming and timely recipe! Temperature is as low as -10 here….and how i wish a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 23:46h, 13 December

    This is the cutest idea ever!! And those peppermint marshmallows sound fantastic. So hoping I made your “nice” list this year! 😀

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:58h, 14 December

      Amanda: Oh honey you always make my “nice” list – we just need to make sure you are on Santas 😉

      Angie: “Heartwarming” – I love that. Sorry to hear your temps are so low, it has oddly been like summer here in SoCal. I am wanting a bit of a cool down, though 10 degrees might be pushing it!

      Dara: Come on over girl & i’ll give you as many as you want. Wondering when we will next get together?

      Mom: Always a happy surprise when you leave a comment. I am thrilled you were able to try these marshmallows on your visit. I know they are one of your favorite sweet treats! XO

  • Diane {}
    Posted at 09:13h, 14 December

    They look beautiful!

  • Cristina - Teenie Cakes
    Posted at 10:50h, 14 December

    Marla – You’re a regular Martha Stewart! These jarred treats with tags are adorable…and your colorful images are print/magazine ready! Just lovely with the homemade marshmallows and seasonally tinted.

    It was great seeing you at the luncheon last week! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Hope we’ll meet at another function or event next year too!

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:00h, 14 December

      Cristina: Awesome seeing you the other day too at the luncheon. Can’t wait to see what fun events we will have in 2011!

      Jennie: I hope you try these marshmallows & come back to tell me how they turned out.

  • Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day!
    Posted at 12:02h, 14 December

    Your photos are so awesome!!! Festive and perfect, just like these great marshmallows! I made hot cocoa to give as a gift and wanted to do marshmallows to go with- this is it! THANK YOU!

  • grace
    Posted at 14:21h, 14 December

    this is exactly why i need to learn to make marshmallows–there’s no peppermint version in the stores! 🙂

  • Jessica
    Posted at 15:05h, 14 December

    I love the way you gift wrapped them!

  • Faith
    Posted at 15:28h, 14 December

    I would absolutely love to make homemade marshmallows! I’ve heard they are infinitely better than their store-bought counterparts, and I love your idea of flavoring them with peppermint! These are such sweet, thoughtful gifts, Marla…I’m sure they’ll bring a huge smile to the face of whoever is on the receiving end!

  • Cara
    Posted at 18:28h, 14 December

    Yum! I like splurging on the real sweet stuff too 🙂

  • Paula - bell'alimento
    Posted at 18:40h, 14 December

    pink marshmallows…yes please : )

  • sara
    Posted at 19:30h, 14 December

    Mmmm, these look so yummy – and they’re so pretty too! 🙂

  • Heavenly Housewife
    Posted at 05:16h, 15 December

    Those are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful marshmallows i’ve ever seen. I love how you made those lovely hot chocolate jars. That is a gift I’d totally love to get.
    *kisses* HH

  • naomi
    Posted at 09:21h, 15 December

    Lovely! What a great homemade holiday gift. The slight red swirl in the marshmallows make it so festive.

    Your kids are so CUTE!!

  • erica @ fashionmeetsfood
    Posted at 11:38h, 15 December

    Oh my goodness. What a wonderful recipe. These marshmallows are so cute, and what a wonderful gift idea this is. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower.


  • Mariko
    Posted at 13:46h, 15 December

    This looks so good. Amaya adores marshmallows and I know she would love me forever if I made this. I especially like it in the jar as a gift. So sweet.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 17:16h, 15 December

    Amazing job girl.. love everything about this!! ESPECIALLY your gorgeous kids!!!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    Posted at 07:21h, 16 December

    Marla I don’t even like marshmallows but you make me want to eat them! Your colors look so inviting and tasty. What a great gift idea!

    I always make a ton of homemade goodies to give away for family and friends. The big baking day starts tomorrow 🙂

  • Courtney
    Posted at 04:32h, 17 December

    What a lovely homemade gift! I haven’t had much time on my hands so hopefully homemade gifts next year 🙂 This are so charming, and your children are precious! 🙂

  • TidyMom
    Posted at 05:17h, 17 December

    LOVE these Marla!! I was going to gift jars of hot chocolate…….and time just got away from me…….but I wanted to make marshmallows, I am bookmarking this for valentines day!!! Thanks so much!!! (add your post to my Tumblr blog)

  • ange
    Posted at 07:34h, 17 December

    hi there, can you PLEASE let me know where or how you made your gift tags??? they’re wonderful and i would like to do them as soon as possible to attach to my homemade gifts this season. Thank YOU!!

  • Angie
    Posted at 07:50h, 17 December

    Love these marshmallows, they look so pretty and love the photographs too, very nice!

  • Joy
    Posted at 07:57h, 17 December

    I absolutely love this for my sister in law. She doesn’t drink coffee and she loves hot chocolate.

    Your kids are ultra charming, even on a sugar rush! Mine all of a sudden go into a blank stare and fall dead asleep for a few hours when they’ve had too much sugar.

  • kathleen
    Posted at 09:21h, 19 December

    These sound really yummy. I love all your beautiful photos!!!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    Posted at 13:22h, 19 December

    I love the swirls of red in the marshmallows, how beautiful! And what a great gift idea, you’re just so creative.The packaging is just gorgeous and so are your photos! 🙂

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    Posted at 18:40h, 19 December

    How adorable…and delicious I bet! Whoever receives this goodies is going to be very happy 🙂

  • Kelly L.
    Posted at 19:50h, 20 December

    These with some tea in front of out fireplace…. heaven 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:46h, 21 December

      Kelly: I know, these in front of the fireplace would be the perfect combination! Slopeside 😉

  • Aggie
    Posted at 18:26h, 27 December

    how stinkin cute is this!! hope you had a wonderful holiday
    with your family!

  • Kitchen Butterfly
    Posted at 01:55h, 28 December

    What beautiful gifts……………have a blessed holiday

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  • Natasha
    Posted at 12:40h, 03 December

    I was wondering what type of food processor is strong enough to crush up the candy canes? I have a small cheap food processor I bought at CVS…I’ve been wanting something nicer, but just haven’t had the funds. What do you suggest as I would love to make these for my mother in law.
    Thanks, Tash

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:35h, 04 December

      Hi Tash! Here is a GREAT way to do it…..take a plastic bag (a thick one) put the candy canes in the bag and bang with a hammer. I hope this helps. No use in breaking your food processor 😉

      • Tash
        Posted at 09:10h, 09 December

        Thanks for that suggestion. I also wanted to ask if there was a way to make the marshmallows without using corn syrup? I want to make them for my mother-in-law, but she says that corn syrup makes her arthritis flare. I don’t know if its true or if she’s being dramatic, however I thought I would double check. Thanks. Can’t wait to give these a whirl!

        • Marla
          Posted at 11:26h, 09 December

          Hi Tash! I have never tried maple syrup, but that is the way I would go for marshmallows in the future. These were tested with the corn syrup. The only recipe on my blog with CS. I have heard natural maple syrup is great in homemade marshmallows. I would probably use grade A. Let me know how it goes if you try it.

          • Natasha
            Posted at 20:40h, 14 December

            Hi Maria, I just finished making the marshmallows and I can’t help but feel I did something wrong. For starters mine look much shorter than yours, yours look taller, fluffier. And most importantly, they seem really dense. You’re look fluffy, mine almost look more like a yummy bear than fluffy. I’m tempted to try again, do you have any suggestions? Thanks. I just want them to be perfect. Also, when I poured the mixture into the pyrex pan the marshmallow was started to bubble a bit. Also, the powdered sugar I sprinkled on the top at got all weird and crusty looking. Just not sure where I went wrong.

          • Marla
            Posted at 21:17h, 14 December

            Hi Natasha, sorry to hear your marshmallows are not as expected. Whenever I make mine they work out but I have heard that a lot of folks find them a bit tricky at first. Might take a few times??

          • Natasha
            Posted at 11:05h, 17 December

            Hi Marla,

            Quick question, how long are the marshmallows good for? Saw on another recipe by Martha Stewart that they last about 3 days in an airtight container. Is that true, do they last only three days? If so, I’ll have to make another batch right before Christmas.

          • Marla
            Posted at 12:59h, 17 December

            Natasha, ours lasted forever in an airtight container. Not a problem over here 🙂

          • Natasha
            Posted at 20:43h, 14 December

            Sorry for all the weird typo mistakes. Sent it from my phone.

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