Wednesday, December 22

Midnight Mocha Marshmallows (AKA: Mmm Mmm Mmm)

I feel like I need to add the word 'marvelous' in the title, but that is just simply too much, however, no amount of mnemonic or affirmative vocabulary gives these yummy puffs justice.  Quadruple-M just sounds weird anyway. 

In a late-night marshmallow-making adventure, my friend, Ericka (beautiful red head in the Starbucks apron), came up with these AMAZING treats!  My goal was to teach her the basic marshmallow recipe and we flexed our creative-culinary muscles to create a one-of-a-kind marshmallow!

Start by allowing gelatin to absorb into water in mixing bowl and begin boiling the sugar mixture . . .

When ready SLOWLY pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin with mixer on medium . . .

In addition to 1/2 tsp vanilla add:
1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp flavored ground coffee
Beat for 12 minutes . . . QUICKLY transfer to pan sprayed with cooking spray . . .

Press in 1/2 c coarsely chopped chocolate chips, 1 tbsp ground coffee & green sprinkles . . .
 Use a piece of parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray to press down marshmallow goo and make them as even as possible.

After 2 hours, cut into 1-2" cubes with scissors sprayed with cooking spray.  Instead of cornstarch and confectioners sugar to dust the outsides and de-stick by dropping them in a mixing bowl with 1/2 c hot cocoa mix.
Close your eyes and sink your teeth into one of these babies.  It is as if you are drinking a peppermint mocha  . . . coffee, chocolate, peppermint, and hints of vanilla swirling around on your palate.  The smooth, creamy texture of the marshmallow is reminiscent of the whipped cream gracefully perched on top of the drink, and the slight crunch from the chocolate chips and sprinkles enhances the experience and provides a sweet surprise.   I can almost hear "Baby it's cold outside" by Frank Sinatra in the background . . .  MMMMMMMMMMM.........

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