I noticed the other day, a friend who lives far far away, made these little babies this week. Great minds must think alike:) “Happy Peppermint Marshmallows Christine!” So last week I gave a demonstration on making homemade marshmallows for a bunch of ladies at church. They’re always such a nice audience and so kind. These marshmallows are always the perfect treat in the summer, but I don’t always make them for Christmas. They do add a little extra special touch to the holidays though don’t you think?
I ripped this recipe out of a Martha Stewart Living magazine probably 14 years ago. I think we still lived in Pocatello and it took me a few years to dare try it. I don’t know what took me so long. Something about the fact that I had no idea how a marshmallow was made. It was a mystery and something you just bought in bags I thought. It’s really an easy recipe, and quite impressive to make. People think you’re magic! In years past I’ve tinted the peppermint marshmallows pink and dipped them halfway in chocolate. Now that was yummy, but this year I did as Martha Stewart showed and marbled those babies. My kids thought I was amazing and Martha Stewart herself. The ladies enjoyed them at church, and we are still enjoying them with our hot chocolate every night as a family.
As a kid, my mom would make homemade hot chocolate for us, and I loved it. It wasn’t a powder you added to water, but hot milk with loads of cocoa in it, and just the right amount of sugar. My kids love this hot chocolate now as well. Something is just extra special when milk is warmed and there is a giant hot pot of steaming cocoa on the stove.
Make some marshmallows, and cocoa for this weekend. Family and friends will think you’re amazing, and it really isn’t hard at all. It’s extra special and fun to have. Enjoy!