Cherry Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallows
What perfect way to cozy up for the holidays with a cup of hot cocoa and these Fluffy pillows of Cherry Peppermint Marshmallows for a special holiday treat. These are my girls favourite to make and to enjoy during the holidays. Make a double batch as they make for perfect gifts and can be made days ahead. You can also substitute for regular peppermint candy canes if the Cherry flavour is not available.
½ cup cold water
3 pkg. unflavoured gelatin
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup cherry peppermint candy cane, crushed + extra for garnish
Icing sugar for dusting
Hot Cocoa for Two
2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
2 tbsp raw honey
2 cup (500 mL) + 2 tbsp Milk of your choice, steamed
icing sugar for dusting (optional)
Generously dust an 8x8 inch non-stick pan with icing sugar and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add cold water & gelatin and allow too set while you make the syrup.
In a small sauce pan combine the sugar, corn syrup & salt. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring the heat to high and cook until syrup bubbles and reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.
With the mixer on low, slowly pour the syrup into the gelatin. Raise the mixer speed to high and whip until mixture is thick and glossy, about 15 mins. Add vanilla, candy cane and mix well.
Pour marshmallow mixture into dusted pan and smooth the top. Dust with additional icing sugar and allow to rest uncovered overnight until set.
Turn the marshmallows over on a cutting board and cut into 16 squares. Dust with additional icing sugar and additional candy cane pieces!
To make hot cocoa, in two mugs, add 1 tbsp in each of cocoa and honey. Stir 1 tbsp in each of steamed milk until creamy. Divide remaining steam milk in each and stir. Top with marshmallows and dust with icing sugar if using.
SERVINGS makes 16 | PREP & COOK TIME 30 mins + overnight to set