I 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):
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.
And then the moment of truth…
But even the smaller guys turned out pretty adorable and tasty: