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I’d love to say something cute like “Wow! The holidays sure took me by surprise!”, but the truth is that I genuinely look forward to this time of year. I count the days, number the weeks, and eagerly await the months that I get to spend with all my favorite family and friends. We have so many special traditions and activities that things can begin to get a little hectic – weekends are spent making holiday cookies, tamales, sauces, and rehashing old family memories, so there’s not so much time that I can (or want to) spend grabbing last minute items I forget to restock. Luckily Costco stocks all my favorite P&G household necessities.
Before hosting family and friends, or embarking on the busiest season of them all, I like going into Costco and picking up items that I like to have on hand. Things like P&G’s detergents and paper towels are good to grab any time of year, but they’re especially useful when you find yourself elbow deep in powdered sugar, cookie dough, or cleaning up a holiday feast.
Now then, in the spirit of giving, I’m excited to share with you my favorite recipe for homemade Peppermint Marshmallows. They are so easy to make, it’s shocking, and once you’ve made them it’s hard to stop eating them – they’re so fluffy and taste so comforting. You can serve them on cocoa, as part of a peppermint s’more, give them as gifts, and make them ahead to have on hand for hosting impromptu holiday get-together’s. You can also cut them into larger pieces and dip them halfway in chocolate for an extra-special treat!
Bounty paper towels are ideal for keeping sticky marshmallow mix off your counters. Costco sells the massive count of these, which I love because that means I can hit the store once and won’t have to return for a while – which equals less time on line and bumping elbows with holiday shoppers and more time singing Christmas tunes with my crazy family!
Another favorite essential is Tide Pods, because – as I’m sure you well know – messes, especially holiday messes, can’t be contained! One second you’re pouring out cocoa, and the next, somebody’s got it on their new shirt. I have to be honest, I’m terribly awkward, so spills of any kind happen to me quite often. Tide Pods are a simple solution – just pop ‘em in the wash, and cocoa stains will be a thing of the past.
With Costco’s massive variety and excellent selection of favorite P&G products, it’s definitely a one-stop-shop for your holiday needs. With all the time I’ve saved from not having to run to the store repeatedly, I’m thinking of making another batch of these amazing Peppermint Marshmallows! I just can’t quit ‘em and I know my family will love them – they’ll be perfect served with cocoa and plenty of family merry-making!
What are your holiday shopping must-haves? What are your favorite items to pick up at Costco? Do you have any cherished family traditions or recipes? Let me know in the comments!
- 1 Cup of cool water
- 3 Envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 ½ Cups sugar
- 1 Cup of light corn syrup
- 1/8th tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of Vanilla
- 4 Crushed peppermint sticks
- 2 Drops of red food dye
- Put the three envelopes of gelatin, and ½ cup of water in a large bowl. Mix until smooth, you want the gelatin to be dissolved into the water.
- In a heavy-bottomed pot, mix the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup of water. Heat up on medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, raise the heat to high and boil for seven minutes – you want the mixture to reach about 260 degrees.
- Using a mixer on low, slowly pour in your hot mixture into your gelatin. Once you’ve incorporated your gelatin and hot mixture, switch the mixer to high and beat the mix until it is warm to the touch and no longer hot. Mix in your vanilla and crushed candy cane. Your mixture should look white and fluffy.
- In a greased pan (I spray mine down with coconut oil spray and dust with powdered sugar), pour your marshmallow mixture in. Spread it around with a spoon or spatula, reserving ½ cup of marshmallow mixture. Take that ½ cup in a separate bowl, and add the red food coloring, mix until well incorporated. Take that mixture and swirl it into your white marshmallow mix, using a knife to distribute it throughout the pan.
- Allow to cool for 5-8 hours, and serve!