Homemade Marshmallows & the Making of a Mug Topper

Mega MarshmallowI love marshmallows. Not so much on their own but I grew up eating a lot of s’mores and drinking a ton of hot cocoa, so every winter I start to crave their sticky, sugary sweetness. As an adult, I really appreciate a toasty mug of hot chocolate, spiked generously with Rumple Minze, topped with melty marshmallows. Last year, when this blog was just a baby, I decided to try making my own marshmallows with (shockingly) great success.

I was so impressed with myself that this year I thought I’d take it one step further.

Inspiration hit when I discovered these giant two-pound marshmallows online. (As an aside: I love Plush Puffs, their flavors are fun and — big bonus! — they actually taste good too. Not at all rubbery, just soft squishy marshmallow goodness.) Then, on the same site, I saw another item the company offers — mug toppers. They are slices of marshmallow that perfectly fit a cup of cocoa. Seriously brilliant!

I became a bit obsessed…

I tore through my kitchen trying to find something that I thought would work as a mold. Eventually I settled on the base to a store’n’pour, a piece of restaurant equipment usually used for salad dressings and the like. Once it was well coated in butter and plastic wrap, I got busy making my marshmallow mixture.

I used the same recipe as last year — Martha Stewart’s Vanilla Marshmallows. Making marshmallows is so much easier than you’d think if you’ve never done it before. Last year I was intimidated, this year I was ready for it.

Stuffing the mixture in the store’n’pour proved to be the one difficult and sticky — very sticky! — task. There was a lot of swearing and when I was done my arms and hands were a sugary spider web of marshmallow. But, in the end, I managed to get one large (maybe 12-14 oz) marshmallow, along with a pan of regular marshmallows. Look at how awesome they are (she said modestly):

Mega Marshmallow!

Mega Marshmallow!

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View from the Top

Yes, it’s a little lumpy and  a little bumpy, but I am still patting myself on the back for creating it. And no matter how wrinkled it is, the slices still came out perfect.

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Slice of ‘Mallow

And then the moment of truth…

A match made in heaven...

A match made in heaven…

Mission Accomplished!

A perfect fit — mission accomplished!

It doesn't get much better than this...

It doesn’t get much better than this…

But even the smaller guys turned out pretty adorable and tasty:

Homemade Vanilla MarshmallowsThe best thing about making your own ‘mallows is the texture. They melt in your cocoa almost like a dollop of whipped cream. Just don’t tell these guys how good they taste…

If only they knew what was in the mug!

They wouldn’t be smiling like that if they knew what was in the mug!

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31 thoughts on “Homemade Marshmallows & the Making of a Mug Topper

  1. You are awesome!!!! And I swear we are of one mind. Marshmallows are one of my favorite foods (please do find me on FB if you’re on, as I made a pyramid out of my 2 dozen jars of Marshmallow Fluff:-)). Have been wanting to make marshmallow again for a while (adding a bit of bourbon to a batch, I think. Will have to find a recipe for that.) and your post is just the inspiration I need. And how brilliant is that to make one big ‘mallow, then slice it and use to (completely) top your cocoa. I’m speechless on that one–wow. Yay, you:-)

    • Haha! It’s always good to have a little mind-meld! =) Please let me know if adding bourbon works out well. I’d love, love, *love* to make boozy ‘mallows. That sounds amazing! This was certainly a fun experiment and it made me feel more comfortable playing around with the mixture. Last year I was totally petrified of screwing it up. Marshmallows seem like they’d be so complicated — if only I had known years ago how simple they really are!

      • My biggest fail was trying to make marshmallows using vegetarian gelatin for a veggie friend. (She’s never had marshmallows!) It so didn’t work. Am putting this on my official To-Do list: Must make marshmallows:-)

  2. I love that you made your own mug toppers! I have been holding off on making my own marshmallows but I’m definitely intrigued now!

    P.S. Those little marshmallow snowmen S&P shakers are so cute 😛

  3. So cool! My kids would be in heaven with a 12 ounce marshmallow. They might not sleep for a week, but sleep is overrated, right?

    • Sleep is totally overrated, especially when it’s regarding someone else’s kids. Which is why I only feel *slightly* guilty for the 2-pound ‘mallow I sent to my nieces and nephews. Hee hee! My brother’s going to be thrilled! 😉

  4. What a fabulous idea!! LOVE IT!! I’m a HUGE fan of marshmallows! Plain, dipped in chocolate, covered in caramel.. I could go on. LOL! I picked up the book, Marshmallow Madness!, earlier in the year and made marshmallows for the first time. So much fun and like you said, so much easier than I would have ever thought!

    • I’ve kept them in ziploc bags for at least a month with no problems. Obviously, they’re better the first couple of weeks after making them, but they last a long time, just keep them away from humidity and heat.

      I’ve never tried freezing them, but Plush Puffs (maker of the original mug topper) says you can freeze their marshmallows to extend their shelf life. I’m sure it would work well for homemade too.

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  6. I’m drooling thinking of ways to use homemade marshmallow. So, was it easy to drink around the mug topper or did it act as a stop-valve? Yum.

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