Peppermint marshmallow



  • 500g caster sugar
  • 4 tsp glucose syrup
  • 2 Tbsp gelatine powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp peppermint essence
  • Red food colouring
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ cup corn flour


  1. Grease and line a rectangular tray with baking paper. Lightly spray top of baking paper with non-stick spray.
  2. Place 200ml of water in a bowl and sprinkle with gelatine. Set aside.
  3. Place sugar, glucose and 200ml of water in a large saucepan. Place on low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and insert sugar thermometer. Boil for 3-5 minutes until the mixture reaches 120 degrees Celsius.
  5. Remove from heat and carefully add gelatine mixture. Whisk until gelatine dissolves and no lumps remain.
  6. Place egg whites in a large bowl and beat with whisk attachment on high until foamy. Gradually add hot sugar syrup while mixing.
  7. Continue to beat on high until white and glossy – about 5 min with stand mixer, 10 with hand mixer. Fold peppermint through mixture.
  8. Pour into prepared pan. Drop red food colouring randomly on top and pull a table knife through to create a marble effect. Leave to set overnight
  9. Sift together icing sugar and corn flour. Dust large knife with icing sugar mixture and slice marshmallow into squares.
  10. Roll each piece in icing sugar mixture and place on cooling rack. Leave to dry for at least 3 hours. Store in an airtight container.

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  • Alison

    We had Christmas in the USA in 1996 – it was magical! I am sure you and Kevin will have a very special time – you always get the most out of anything you do! alooking forward to hearing about it next year. Marshmallows look very tempting too.

  • Serenity Cooper

    Hi there

    I’d love to try this recipe, but I’ve never made marshmallow before And I don’t have a sugar thermometer. Help. :)

    • Kirsten

      Hi Serenity, hmmm… tricky! You really do need a sugar thermometer to make marshmallow so you know the sugar syrup is at the right point – otherwise it won’t set properly (which makes a BIG mess). I’d suggest hunting around $2 stores and seeing if you can find a cheap one – if you’re lucky you’ll be able to grab one for between $4 and $7 :)

  • Christina

    I love homemade marshmallow – its so fresh and fluffy! I’d read that the shelf life is about a week – do you agree with that? I was hoping to make some to sell at a market this weekend but people always want something that will last until Christmas.

    • Kirsten

      Isn’t homemade marshmallow delicious? So much better than store-bought! I’d say if you make the marshmallow this week you would get at least two week’s out of it provided it’s stored in an airtight container :)