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Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows


Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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.

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | #Christmas #Holiday

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

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: one 9X13 pan of marshmallows, cut large or small

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows


  • 3 1/2 packets unflavored Gelatin (=25 grams or 2 tablespoons + 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup Water divided
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Egg Whites
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pure Peppermint Extract
  • Canola Cooking Spray
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting pan
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 ounces Peppermint Sticks (Candy Canes) - about 6-8 medium sized candy canes


  • Have a stand mixer handy & start with a very clean mixer bowl. In a medium sized heat safe bowl - soak gelatin in 1/2 of the water, give a quick stir. Let sit for about 10 minutes until it has bloomed & thickened. Prepare pan - spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with canola spray. Sift some powdered sugar on the bottom & edges. Crush candy canes in food processor until a fine powder is achieved. Add powdered sugar & mix again. Transfer to a covered container & set aside.
  • Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks in stand mixer. Transfer to another bowl & put in the fridge while the sugar syrup reaches the correct temperature. Clean the mixer bowl. *you could also use a hand mixer for the egg whites, this will take a bit longer.
  • Add water, sugar & corn syrup to a medium saucepan. Stir until just dissolved over low heat. Raise the temperature to medium high heat until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F. (not longer) Keep a candy thermometer in the pan to properly gauge temperature. If there are any sugar crystals at the edge of the pan swipe with a damp brush. This mixture will boil for about 12 minutes before it reaches the proper temperature.
  • Put bloomed gelatin in mixer bowl, stir in hot sugar mixture until gelatin dissolves. Start on low speed to mix then mix at high speed for about 6 minutes until mixture is white, creamy & has tripled in volume. Add egg whites, vanilla & peppermint. Beat until just combined.
  • Spray a spatula with cooking spray & gently scoop the marshmallow mix into the prepared pan. Add dots of bright red food coloring to the top of the marshmallow mix & swirl in with a skinny knife or chopstick. Flatten the top with oiled spatula if desired. Sift 1/4 cup of the candy cane powdered sugar over the top of the marshmallows.
  • Let sit for at least 3 hours to overnight. Sprinkle some candy cane powdered sugar on a cutting board. Gently run a knife around the edges of the marshmallow pan to loosen it. Carefully flip the pan onto the cutting board, loosening the marshmallows with your fingers until it releases & drops down. Spray a pizza cutter or sharp knife with cooking spray & cut marshmallows into desired shapes and sizes. Coat marshmallows with candy cane powdered sugar.
  • Notes
  • Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen & multiple sources.
  • You can add more or less peppermint, simply adjust to taste.
  • Don't try to scrape every last bit of the marshmallow mix out of the mixer bowl. You will be left with a sticky, gooey mess if you do. All this goo cleans up easy with hot water.
  • Since I only have one mixer bowl, I beat the eggs to stiff peaks & then put them in a separate bowl in the fridge until my sugar mixture was ready.
  • Store marshmallows at a cool room temperature in an airtight container for about one weeks.
  • Variations
  • You can swirl in some green food coloring too or make multi colored.
  • Not a fan of peppermint? Add another flavored extract. Coconut, orange, coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, etc would all make great marshmallow flavors.

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93 Responses to Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Marla!
    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.

    • 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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Marla!
    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!

    • 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

  11. 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!

    • 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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)

  15. 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!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    • 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 😉

      • 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!

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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??

          • 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.

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  19. I make peppermint marshmallows for a Christmas Eve bonfire every year. I’m sure they’re excellent in cocoa, but if you roast them, the crushed candy cane they’re rolled in makes a hard candy shell with melted marshmallow inside and it’s AMAZING!

  20. Just made the marshmallows, can’t wait to taste them! Thanks for the great recipe. I added too much peppermint extract to the recipe I hacked from Martha Stewart – nice to have a tried and true recipe to go on.

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