It will be a good long while before I'm in front of a fire pit armed with marshmallow for roasting, but my desire for hibernation doesn't necessarily need to conflict with my yearning for s'mores—especially when I can make s'mores bars easily at home.
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In the spirit of the holiday season, we cast aside our Peeps hangups and tried the new candy cane and gingerbread flavors. Please don't judge us, but we may actually like them.
As a self-professed marshmallow fanatic, when I saw that Jet-Puffed had flavored marshmallows in the candy aisle, I was pretty stoked. While only Cinnamon Bun is new, I clearly also had to give the two others, Toasted Coconut and Pumpkin Spice, a try.
These Chocolate-Filled Vanilla Marshmallows from Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madness is the perfect way to ease into the wonderful (and not all that difficult) world of marshmallow making. The recipe is three in one: Classic Vanilla Marshmallows, powdery coating, and a creamy chocolate ganache filling.
Kristin Lee Godburn makes cookies and other treats, but we're here to talk about marshmallows. She has quite the eclectic marshmallow menu, including flavors like Toasted Coconut, S'mores, Rocky Road, and Fluffernut. They're fancied-up marshmallows that serve as desserts on their own.
In the 1930s the MoonPie was heralded as a "working man's lunch," with hungry laborers substituting lunch with what was the biggest snack for sale. The MoonPie's background is lengthy and inspiring (did you know that the company started sending MoonPies to troops stationed overseas during World War II and continues the tradition today?) and, my cake-addled brain couldn't resist imagining it as a cake.
Peanut butter and jelly is all well and good, but peanut butter and Fluff is even creamier, gooier, and more indulgent. Plus, making it at home is super easy. All it takes to whip up this honey- and vanilla-flavored version is six ingredients, a big bowl, and an electric mixer.
Since December is the start of hot chocolate season, now seemed like the perfect time to tackle an Edible DIY project I've been thinking about for a while: homemade marshmallows. But not just any marshmallows: chocolate marshmallows boozed up with peppermint schnapps.
I was so excited to see Stonewall Kitchen's new S'mores Brownie Mix ($10.95), which combines toasted marshmallows and rich chocolate with a buttery graham cracker crust to boot! When they were finally finished baking, the marshmallows were crispy and brown on top, as if burnished by an actual campfire.
I have always thought of marshmallows as a sort of "magic" food, like Pop Rocks or bubble tea. How, exactly, are they made? Sugar is obviously a major ingredient, but what else goes into them?