Peppermint Marshmallows
+ AIP Peppermint Recipe Roundup

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Well, it’s officially winter on December 21st 5:44 A.M. EST But let’s pretend for now. It’s WINTER! Do you know what that means?

Move over, pumpkin. It’s peppermint’s time to shine!

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I personally love peppermint year round, but it seems to be most loved in winter.

To celebrate pepperminting all the things, I wanted to share my family’s *favorite* marshmallow flavor. The one I call “Curiously Strong” – yes they’re peppermint! I’ve been making these for a few years now and while everyone still enjoys plain marshmallows, the peppermint in these remind me of Altoids {something I absolutely loved back in the day}.

As always, I follow The Urban Poser‘s method to her marshmallow madness. Allow me to summarize: I prefer using maple syrup, so the color is darker than if you were to use a light honey. And instead of vanilla extract, I use peppermint extract**.

** I cannot guarantee results/flavor/peppermint potency will be the same if you use a different brand of peppermint extract or opt to use a peppermint oil. Note I didn’t say peppermint ESSENTIAL oil. I absolutely do not suggest ingesting essential oils. Despite what any essential oil companies may claim about their purity and safety, we don’t know how these oils may affect our gut flora (among other things). See an aromatherapist (read: someone licensed and trained) with questions or concerns regarding essential oil use and safety.

1 cup filtered water {split into half cups}
2 and 1/2 TB gelatin
1 and 1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract {it depends on how strong you want them, 1 teaspoon is pleasant and not overly strong like an Altoid}
Arrowroot starch and/or lightly toasted shredded coconut

I line two 8×8 Pyrex pans with parchment paper and secure the parchment with four “dog ear” clips each pan. Then I dust one pan with arrowroot powder, the second with lightly toasted shredded coconut {for the kids and The Mister, if you’re coconut-free use arrowroot in both pans}.

Let gelatin bloom with a half cup of the water in the mixer bowl {the mixer should be fitted with its whisk attachment}. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining half cup of water, the maple syrup, and sea salt and heat over medium to medium-high heat. Let mixture continue to heat until your candy thermometer reads a “soft ball” stage. Then remove from heat, turn mixer on medium-low to start, and SLOWLY pour syrup mixture in with the gelatin.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Gradually increase speed until the mixer reaches full speed and let the mixture continue whipping until it thickens, but not too much! That is probably the trickiest part, you have to watch the batter like a hawk at this point. If you let it go too long it will all clump. Add the peppermint extract just before it is finished whipping.

As soon as the marshmallow batter is ready, I pour half in one prepared pan and half in the other. Finish by topping with arrowroot or coconut.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Once the batter has set long enough {about four hours} I remove the handy little clips, lift the parchment, and slice the marshmallows, coating the cut sizes in some extra arrowroot or toasted coconut as needed. That’s it! I cut them fairly small {5 columns across then 5 rows down}, but you can cut them larger if you want.

Peppermint Marshmallows

A curiously strong, delicious, peppermint marshmallow.

Oh, but that’s not all!

I’ve also scoured the interwebs to gather even MORE AIP-friendly peppermint recipes for you to enjoy. Of course, these fall into that “occasional” “treat” category. But you can always share with friends and family. “Share the load” and all. 😉

AIP Peppermint Roundup

Peppermint All The Things

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This recipe was shared on the Little Bites of Beauty AIP Christmas Recipe Party.

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