Simple Homemade Gifts- Marshmallows

Who doesn’t love a creamy mug of hot cocoa on a cool winter day? I love to just hold a mug of it in my hands before I take a sip. For an added treat it’s fun to top it off with a marshmallow. Not one of those junky ones from the grocery store made with corn syrup and dyes but from a homemade one with just a few simple ingredients. These aren’t good for you and the aren’t refined sugar free but they are still a lot better for you than what you would find at the grocery store and a lot cheeper than any from speciality shops. They are great for gifts or to keep around the house. This Christmas these homemade marshmallows are going to be part of my gifts for friends and family. (If you are a recipient of these sorry to spoil the surprise….) My girls and I had fun wipping these batches up this last week. Sure we ended up a bit sticky but that was part of them fun!

Peppermint Marshmallows

3 cups organic evaporated cane juice
3 TBS gelatin
1/2 TBS beet root powder (optional)
10 drop essential peppermint oil or 1TBS peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups plus 1/2 cup water

In a medium sized bowl mix the gelatin, beet root powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract/oil and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and set aside.

Combine 3 cups of sugar and water in a large pot.  Bring to a slow, gentle boil. Stir occasionally so the sugar mixture doesn’t boil over. Continue to boil until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F.

Carefully our your sugar mixture into the bowl with the reserved gelatin. I recommend using a hand mixer with wire wisps to beat the marshmallow. (Word from the not so wise, don’t use your bocsh mixer. It doesn’t turn out pretty for the marshmallow or the bocsh. It is too large of a bowl and the marshmallow just get smeared around the bowl.) Beat on high for 10-12 minutes. The mixture will almost double in size and be nice and fluffy like a marshmallow.

If you have a friend with a hand mixer and are a bit adventurous invite them over and spilt the marshmallows recipe in half (or make a double batch) making 1/2 with beetroot powder and half with out. Gently swirl them together in the pan to give you that beautiful candy cane look.

Pour into a greased (I used coconut oil) 9 by 13 inch pan. Cover and let set. Once firm cut into 1 inch squares and remove from pan.

Marshmallow Dusting

1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Mix together in bowl add the marshmallows and coat with the “dusting” until no longer sticky.

Vanilla Marshmallows

Follow the directions above leaving out the beet root powder and substituting 1 TBS vanilla extract for the peppermint.

Lesly, Celeste and Milagro
About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Dancing Bear says:

    So did use the peppermint essential oil or the extract?

  2. This is good but quite fatty !

  3. I really want to try making these! They look so yummy, so much better than store bought ones.

  4. MommySetFree, I’ll be sure to do that!

  5. Would you please comment here when you do? I have been experimenting, with other recipes, but non toast well. That is really the only time we use them, so I am looking for a recipe I can toast over the fire. 🙂

  6. MommySetFree, I haven’t tried it yet. The weather has been to cool. I plan on trying when the weather changes. 🙂

  7. Have you tried toasting them over fire yet? (Like on a stick, camping style.)

  8. Anonymous, it is in granulated sugar form.

  9. I have a question….is the evaporated cane juice in a juice form or granulated sugar form?

  10. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul blog hop!

  11. Michele, your welcome! I’m glad I finally gave them a try. 🙂 Blessings!

  12. These look delicious! I love marshmallows. I’m putting these on my “homemade Christmas” wish list. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Yup! I didn’t try making them till this year but now you might say that I am edicted! 🙂 I’ve made 6 batches in the last two weeks!

  14. wow i didn’t know you could MAKE marshmallows!

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