The first time I ever made homemade marshmallows was a failure. I didn’t have a Kitchen-Aid back then, or even a hand-mixer and my arms got very, very tired. I whisked and whisked and whisked and whisked, but my marshmallows never got fluffy. I realized pretty quickly that it was more to do with the temperature I cooked the sugar at rather than my poor whisking skills so I made a second batch and they were glorious. They were for a friend who was obsessed with toasted coconut marshmallows and she absolutely loved them.
After that first time, I was hooked. Candy making is amazing – like magic. All you need is a bit of sugar and gelatin and you can make homemade marshmallows. They’re so much softer and fluffier than store bought. And, you can make them into any shape you want!
I was giggling to myself the entire time I made these snowman faces. I couldn’t get over how cute they came out! And they were even cuter after melting a bit in cups of hot chocolate. So delicious. Of course, if you don’t have the time to make marshmallows from scratch, you can go ahead and cut up some store-bought marshmallows with a pair of scissors, dip the sticky sides into a bit of icing sugar, and then pipe on the faces. Regardless of how you do this, I hope you will because you need a little snowman face peeking out of your hot chocolate!
The Kitchen Aid Artisan Design Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer w/Glass Bowl in Sugar Pearl Silver featured in this post is the fifth and last item in my advent giveaway series! I can’t wait to give one away so you guys can make your own marshmallows. Only thing is, I’m not giving the mixer away just yet. The giveaway starts on Monday, so be sure to come back and enter! Tell your loved ones too! 😉
Update: Enter the giveaway right here!
Mint Snowman Marshmallow Recipe
prep time: 10 minutes
active time: 30 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
- vegetable oil for brushing the pan
- 1 tbsp gelatin (1 envelope)
- 1/2 cup cold water, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- powdered sugar
- orange candy melts, as needed
- chocolate, as needed
Oil a 9-inch square pan or glass baking dish with non-stick spray and lightly dust with powdered sugar. In a small bowl, soak the gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of water and sugar in a pot and stir to dissolve over medium heat. Add the gelatin and bring to a hard boil, without stirring, for one minute or until it reaches 240°F. Carefully remove from the heat and pour in to a bowl of an electric mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the salt and peppermint extract.
Beat with the whisk attachment of the electric mixer on low for 2 minutes then increase to high until soft and doubled in volume, about 10-15 minutes. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth with a offset spatula. Cool in the pan uncovered, until firm, minimum 3 hours. Lightly dust the top with sifted powdered sugar.
Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out snowmen heads. Dust with powdered sugar and pipe on eyes, mouths and noses with melted chocolate and melted orange melts. Enjoy as is or in hot chocolate!