Fresh Mint Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows Fresh Mint Marshmallow (via abeautifulmess.com)Making homemade marshmallows is seriously one of the easiest things. I first shared a basic homemade marshmallow recipe back in 2012 and recently updated it with some new photos because the originals were, well, not my favorite. Don’t worry, I still left some of the old photos too. It’s sort of fun to look back and see how our style of photography on this site has changed over the years.

But this post is not about photography, it’s about fresh mint marshmallows. I’m still creating new variations of homemade marshmallows, and this one just might be my new favorite. Using fresh mint (as opposed to extracts or even crushed peppermint candy) gives these a very distinct and, well, fresh, taste. (Maybe buy me a thesaurus for Christmas?) 🙂

How to make marshmallowsBut what really makes them over-the-top-good is the addition of dark chocolate and flaky sea salt. It’s like frosting on a cake. I can’t believe I’ve never dipped my marshmallows in chocolate before—WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE?!

These are absolutely amazing in hot chocolate or even just hot milk (a.k.a. vanilla steamer, y’all!). The chocolate melts, the marshmallow gets soft and gooey, and the sea salt tastes amazing and balances the overall sweetness. Mmmm. The only thing you have to watch out for with these is making sure to store any extras somewhere where the chocolate won’t get warm and begin to melt. This time of year my house is so cold there isn’t much chance of that, but if you have any issues, just store in an airtight container or ziplock in the refrigerator. Boom. Problem solved.

MintFresh Mint Marshmallows, makes around 25 large or 36 medium, square marshmallows

1 cup water
2-3 big sprigs of fresh mint
3 packets of gelatin (each is 1/4 oz.)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
nonstick cooking spray
6 oz. dark chocolate, melted
2-3 tablespoons flaky sea salt (I love Maldon)

First, heat the water to nearly boiling. I did this in my kettle, as if I were preparing to make coffee or tea. Then steep the mint leaves in the hot water until they cool to room temperature. This will take a little bit, but you really want the flavor to sink in, so let it cool completely.

How to make marshmallows at homeThen pour half the water (1/2 cup) into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Do not stir, just allow that to sit for about 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a pot combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup mint water. Cook over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Heat until the mixture reaches 240°F (you will need a candy thermometer). Turn your mixer (with the gelatin in it) on low and CAREFULLY pour the hot sugar mixture into the mixer as it runs. Do work carefully because you do not want to get the hot sugar mixture on you. It’s super hot and will stick, so watch out! Once you’ve added all the sugar mixture, turn your mixer on high and beat until white and fluffy (5-6 minutes).

While that runs, whisk together the powdered sugar and corn starch. Spray a square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle on 3/4 of the powdered sugar mixture. Once the marshmallow batter is ready, pour into the prepared pan and dust the surface with the remaining 1/4 of the powder sugar mixture. Allow to set (covered so no particles land on your beautiful marshmallows) overnight, or eight hours.

Chocolate dipped marshmallowsGently peel the giant marshmallow block from the pan and slice into squares on a cutting board using a knife or pizza cutter.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler, then dip each marshmallow in the chocolate, placing on wax paper after. Sprinkle sea salt over each square as you work. Allow the chocolate to set before using. (You can speed this up by popping them in the refrigerator if you need.)

Fresh Mint Marshmallow (via abeautifulmess.com) See? Not hard at all?  And if you just can’t get enough homemade marshmallows here’s a few other variations we’ve shared over the years: Lavender and Honey marshmallows, Espresso marshmallows, Lemon and Rosemary marshmallows, and Peppermint marshmallows.

One note: You’ll notice the number of marshmallows this recipe makes will depend quite a bit on how big, or small, you choose to cut your marshmallows. Just keep in mind that this will make one big 8×8 square pan of marshmallows, if that helps at all. 🙂

Happy hot cocoa sipping! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Hello! We’re considering making a mint treat (with our home grown mint) for our upcoming wedding and these look delicious! How long do they keep after making? I’m wondering if I could make them a month before the wedding or would need to do it closer. Thanks so much much!
    Warmly,
    EJ and George

  • YUM! These look so delicious! 🙂
    Will definitely try this out someday soon.

    ♥ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
    Bloglovin’

  • This looks super good. I’ve never tried making homemade marshmallows before and have never even thought of it. Sounds super fun though!

    – Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Saving this! I’ve wanted to make homemade marshmallows for years and WHY HAVEN’T I DONE IT YET?! These look too good not to make.
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  • They look so delicious, I bet they taste amazing with the hot chocolate!
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  • I’m going to have to try this… looks amazing. Also, where are the glasses from? ?

  • These mint marshmallows look mouthwatering and like a great and easy recipe to try if you want to impress friends and relatives at a winter party. I can’t wait to try making these. Thanks for sharing!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • This looks amazing! I never thought of making my own marshmallows but I am thinking about trying it now!
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  • You certainly could! The cornstarch just mainly just used to help the marshmallows not stick together or stick to the pan. Honestly you could omit the cornstarch (or arrow root) entirely and simply use all powdered sugar if you wanted.

    -Emma

  • They are pretty easy to make so long as you have a candy thermometer and electric mixer (and stand works best, like Kitchen Aid). Other than the equipment the process is really very simple. 🙂

    And adding a giant, homemade marshmallow to a cup of hot cocoa is kind of the BEST winter thing ever. I did this all week after I made the batch you see pictured here and it was heaven.

    -Emma

  • I wish I ate gelatin!

    Also these are styled so wonderfully.

    The copper and green is so pretty!

    -E

  • Has anyone tried using arrowroot instead of cornstarch for marshmallows? I am always eager to try and then chicken out 😉

  • They look amazing and I’m pretty sure they taste amazing as well. I’ve never tried to make marshmallows at home but every time I see homemade ones on the internet they always look so good! I have to try and make them.

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