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This spiked peppermint hot chocolate gift kit is a perfect easy, cheap gift idea for Christmas. Ideal for teachers, childcare providers, coworkers, family, and friends, they'll love the creamy hot chocolate mix, homemade peppermint marshmallows, and peppermint schnapps for that extra kick!

Peppermint Marshmallows

Rich, minty homemade marshmallows require only a few steps, are super impressive, and taste lightyears better than the store-bought things. Optional peppermint swirl look.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, marshmallows, peppermint
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 282 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 3 tablespoon packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon Red food coloring , if desired
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch , for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon Confectioners' sugar , for dusting


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, mix the gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit while you make the syrup.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high, attach a candy thermometer, and cook until the syrup reaches 240º.
  3. Remove from heat and turn the mixer on low. Slowly and carefully pour the syrup into the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and beat unti lthe mixture is very thick and tripled in size, about 8-15 minutes. Add the extracts and mix thoroughly.
  4. Combine equal parts cornstarch and confectioners' sugar. With a seive, dust the mixture over an 8x12" glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour in the marshmallow mixture, spread to cover evenly, and smooth the top, using an oiled spatula to help, if necessary. If skipping peppermint swirl look, skip to step #6.
  5. If optional peppermint look is desired, drop single drops of red food coloring on surface, about 3-5. Use a butter knife to drag the mixture through the surface to create the look of a peppermint candy cane. Do your best - the texture of the marshmallows means it won't be perfect, but it's only on one side, so don't hold back with color.
  6. Once completed, dust with more cornstarch-confectioners' sugar mixture. Let stand at room temperature uncovered overnight to dry out.
  7. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board or countertop and cut into squares, oiling your knife to help, if necessary. Dust all sides with more cornstarch-confectioners' sugar mixture.

Recipe Notes

On top of the hot chocolate mixture, and top with about 3 homemade peppermint marshmallows.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Marshmallows
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 105mg5%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Sugar 71g79%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.