Homemade marshmallows are in another league from store bought. Fresh mint leaves give these marshmallows a lovely natural flavor and color.
Here’s another great “gift from the kitchen” idea. If you’ve never tasted homemade marshmallows you’re in for a real treat. Homemade marshmallows are billowy soft and melt into a lovely gooey mess when toasted or put into a hot beverage.
The truth is, I hate marshmallows. About once a summer I’ll make a s’more with a super-toasty marshmallow and I’m good for the rest of the year, and that’s mostly about the chocolate and the graham cracker.
I don’t like those chocolate marshmallow cookies or the mini marshmallows in hot cocoa mix. To me, store-bought marshmallows taste like a super-sweet rubber band. Don’t even get me started on Easter “peeps”, ewww!
About 20 years ago a friend and I (we met in pastry school) decided to make all of our kids’ Easter candy from scratch. I know, it was a little nuts. It was a ton of work, and a lot of fun for two pastry geeks. We even made our own “peeps”, cause the kids loved them.
That was the first time I tasted homemade marshmallows and I was immediately smitten. Instead of having the texture of a rubber ball, those marshmallow-peeps were soft and luscious.
It’s been years since I made marshmallows so, with the “gifts from the kitchen” theme in mind, I set out to make a batch and share the recipe with you. I wanted to do something fun with the flavor and decided to make mint marshmallows. Mint/chocolate is a great flavor combination, so of course I recommend that you dunk these mint marshmallows into hot cocoa for the perfect holiday treat.
I was going to just use peppermint extract or maybe some crushed candy canes to flavor the mix. But I was inspired by the amazing fresh mint truffles by John & Kira’s, a local Philly chocolate company (this is not a paid post, I just love their products).
John & Kira’s chocolates are flavored with fresh mint and have a lovely, herbal quality that you just don’t get with peppermint oil or peppermint extract. The oil and extract give you the menthol bite of the mint, but not the “green” flavor you get from fresh leaves. If you want a little more color and a little more minty bite, you can add the optional food coloring and peppermint extract (I did).
Watch this video to see how to make homemade Fresh Mint Marshmallows:
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