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I basically can’t resist anything minty. When I was a kid, I loved picking wild mint at my grandparents’ house in West Virginia, then I’d talk one of them into helping me make mint tea from the fresh leaves. It was so delicious! I still can’t pass up on most things mint, and I love making mint-flavored treats. With spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter right around the corner, I thought today would be the perfect time to share these mint tea homemade marshmallows!
The green color is, of course, entirely optional. I added two big drops of gel food coloring to achieve the pictured light green. I prefer gel food coloring to the usual liquid, grocery store-variety food coloring because it doesn’t impact the texture of things as much. You can usually find more professional gel-type food coloring at craft stores, baking stores, and, of course, on Amazon! I bought the AmeriColor Student set with 12 colors over 2 years ago and they’re still going strong.
Making these marshmallows is amazingly simple and they have a wonderful texture. I prefer to make them with Lyle’s Golden Syrup, but they can also be made with light corn syrup. (In case you’re wondering, light corn syrup is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup. Not at all.) Lyle’s is a British product, but I’ve seen it more and more in US stores lately. And, push come to shove, you can find it on Amazon, too. =)
And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that purchasing grass-fed gelatin is a great choice. You can use any unflavored gelatin (Knox is what you’ll usually find in grocery stores), but grass-fed gelatin is a more ethical choice. Once again, it’s available on Amazon as well as many high-end grocery stores and health food stores. There are vegetarian substitutes, like agar, but they need to be used in different quantities from gelatin.
For the mint tea, loose leaf tea is obviously higher quality and a better choice, but “regular” bagged mint tea will work, too. In a pinch, you can make these mint tea homemade marshmallows with food-grade mint essential oil or mint flavoring oil, as well.
To make the marshmallows, you will need a stand mixer. I like to offer hand mixer alternatives, but you really need a stand mixer to make homemade marshmallows. A cooking thermometer is also a must-have for this recipe. A clip-on candy thermometer will make your life easier, but I actually don’t have one and just use my instant read thermometer.
Now that we’ve discussed the ingredients and equipment in detail, how about taking a look at the recipe?
But, like all marshmallows, they eventually melt and spread their creamy goodness through the hot chocolate.
I’m not ashamed to admit I couldn’t wait to start taking photos so I could enjoy that hot chocolate!
Have you ever made your own marshmallows or marshmallow fluff? Are there any ‘unusual’ flavors you’d love to try in a marshmallow?
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.