it’s a marshmallow world

12.16.09 {it's a marshmallow world}

[ whipping up (literally) a batch of candy cane marshmallows for Christmas gifts. ]

One of the last things to be made for my Christmas goodies box (being mailed and gifted to various family members) was a batch of homemade marshmallows. Now, if you’ve only ever tasted the jet-puffed sort that you get at the grocery store, you haven’t lived yet! I’m serious. I blame Emily Martin and Amy Karol for planting the idea of actually making my own marshmallows. I made a batch last year for gifts–vanilla and chocolate dipped–and they got rave reviews (Sailor Husband pretty much made off with the leftovers! lol).

12.16.09 {it's a marshmallow world}

[ finished and now they have to set up! this is the hard part... waiting to test them! ]

Of course, this started a tradition, so this year I decided to try Martha’s candy cane marshmallows, since they looked pretty and I love peppermint. Now, the one hitch to making marshmallows is that they are slightly complicated (things are on the stove that need attention, egg whites have to form stiff peaks, etc. The usual candy-making stuff!), and that they are exceedingly messy. I swear after last Christmas’s batch I found bits of marshmallow fluff on my mixer for months afterward–places I didn’t know goo could get into! lol. It’s a bit tricky to get them into the pan too, and for this particular recipe it was a race against the clock to get the red coloring swirled in. I don’t think mine are going to turn out as pretty as the ones on the MS website, but they still look yummy!

December 16, 2009 · 24 lovely thoughts
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Amy December 16, 2009 at 08:52

How pretty, the red swirls and the red mixer. My mixer is a boring white. :( Chocolate dipped sounds yummy. I never even thought of making marshmallows. I’ve got to make some now. Thanks Casey! :)

Marmielu December 16, 2009 at 09:14

WOW!!!!! Not only does it all sound delicious, but your photos are great! Les just found out you are sending some of all your goodness to us. She is very excited!
XO
Mom

jamie December 16, 2009 at 09:18

I think they look great!! and I am so impressed! It had never once occurred to me that you can make your own. I might need to try this when I am with my family this Christmas so I can get some help from my little sisters (since I am terrible in the kitchen).

Miss Jess December 16, 2009 at 09:35

Wow Casey, those look delicious. I’ve always wanted to try making marshmallows to hand out as treats, but I lack a mixer – and I’m not about to do anything like that by hand. Perhaps I’ll be able to save my pennies for a KitchenAid here in the near future, I had hoped to receive one as a wedding gift but didn’t. I just love the red swirls in your batch!

Viv December 16, 2009 at 10:24

Dear Casey!
You truly are my christmas hero! :D All those lovely decorations, paper houses, pom poms, and now these adorable marshmallows! I’m so inspired by you and waiting for christmas feels even better than years before, thanks to you :)

I have been following your blog for quite a while but this is my first comment. I want to thank you so much for all the lovely stuff you share in here!

xx
Viv

Francy December 16, 2009 at 10:28

They look pretty! I love the red candy cane swirls! I think I found a new holiday treat to try.

erica December 16, 2009 at 10:31

This screams fun! Can’t wait to attempt to make my own!

Lizzy December 16, 2009 at 10:48

I’ve always wanted to try homemade marshmallows, I’ve seen them in gourment type food stores for sale, but never thought about making them. Yours looks so pretty. I love the red and white, so fun and festive…and tasty!
I have a red kitchenaid mixer too :) (currently one of my most prized possessions ;) )

Ann December 16, 2009 at 10:49

I know what you mean! After you make your own, there’s no going back to the store bought stuff.

Karin December 16, 2009 at 11:07

Wow, I’m impressed. I would never think of the idea of making marshmellows myself. It does look pretty though…

Audrey December 16, 2009 at 11:24

My grandmother made homemade marshmallows at Christmastime and when she passed away we thought that was the end of it since no one could figure out her chicken scratches of a recipe. My husband (a chef) put it all together earlier this spring for a fundraiser I was helping out with and so I’m excited to be able to have them this year once again! I won’t follow any recipe but hers now. :)

Sally December 16, 2009 at 11:25

They look gorgeous, and I bet they’re worth all the mess.

Rhiannon December 16, 2009 at 12:13

What, you can make your own marshmallows? And you have a matching red Kitchenaid mixer to make them with? I want to go to a Christmas party at your house!! :)

Krisztina December 16, 2009 at 12:51

Darnit! Just when I thought I had finished all my Christmas baking/cooking you’ve given me something else I want to try!

The chocolate dipped sounds like an awesome idea for my Christmas party. Thank you!

Kendall December 16, 2009 at 13:06

Casey, those look so awesome!
I want to eat them.
Nom nom

reilly December 16, 2009 at 13:33

That looks delicious!

Lauren December 16, 2009 at 18:20

Yum, yum, yummy!! Wow, that looks like sticky fun!
I don’t know how you do it, but you can even make the kitchen mess look artistic!

Mel December 16, 2009 at 20:24

Yum that looks great! I’ll have to try that sometime!

Maggi December 16, 2009 at 20:38

They look so fun, I’ve always wanted to try making my own marshmallows!

Danielle December 16, 2009 at 21:43

this sounds delicious! i love homemade stuff! i’m definitly going to try making these :)

_marguerite_ December 16, 2009 at 22:46

I had no idea you could even MAKE marshmallows, let alone adorable peppermint ones! Casey…You’ve opened a whole new world to me. As soon as i have the time, and money for the ingredients, I am SO whipping up some of my own marshmallows. Tell me more about these goodie boxes you send to family. What do you include in them?

Heidi December 17, 2009 at 13:11

Its synchronicity! I plan on making marshmallows this coming weekend! Can’t wait! they look delish!

Ana Beatriz December 18, 2009 at 21:40

Hi, Casey, I’m from Rio de Janeiro, I recently discovered your blog when I was looking for how-to videos on pin-up hairdos. I’m simply loving being your reader. Not an excellent cook myself, but the idea of making my own marshmallows seemed like a good way to go… Merry Xmas!

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