More Marshmallows!

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My baby sister gets married this weekend!!! She has asked me to be her matron of honor – so needless to say, this week has been a bit crazy trying to prepare! She is getting married outside {pray for sun!} in my parents yard, which is right on the water.  Last year my parents built a gorgeous fire pit right at the edge of their lawn looking out over the water. The ceremony will be taking place on the fire pit landing. After dinner – we’re uncovering the pit and building a fire! I volunteered to put together a gourmet s’more station!

This of course, means more more more marshmallows! While brainstorming with my sister, I offered up chocolate, raspberry, and traditional vanilla marshmallows! Thinking, well my first second go around with marshmallows was successful – so flavored ones should be a piece of cake!!

I scoured the internet for flavored marshmallow recipes. I am a master of Google, so I figured the recipes would be easy to find. Not so much… So, being the ambitions type, I figured I’d just wing it. The original marshmallow recipe came from this pin on my desserts board:

This recipe was immensely successful. Since my day was a complete whirlwind of muti-tasking-baking, cleaning, packing, and scrambling, I failed to take pictures….but I promise to update this post with pictures soon!

Altering this recipe into flavored marshmallows was a breeze!! For raspberry, I bought a small container of fresh raspberries. I picked through and tossed the icky ones {does any one else have horrible luck with grocery store raspberries?!} and put what I had left in a small sauce pan. I turned the heat up to about medium and smashed the berries with a wooden spoon. I cooked them until it was just red sauce with seeds. Then I put my splatter screen over my mixer bowl that was waiting with the gelatin and water. I pushed around the goo til all the berry juice fell in the bowl and all that was left on the screen was seeds. Then proceeded with the recipe as normal. They started out very deep red, but as the mallows fluffed up, turned to a very faint pink. The flavor was so amazing, I didnt’ add any vanilla at the end. I think the only thing I might change in these is to add a drop or two of pink food color just to differentiate further which ones are which. But, if you want to go more natural, it’s totally not necessary. This flavor was SUPER poofy! It grew much more in size than just plain vanilla. They pan was almost full to the brim.

The second flavor I did was chocolate. This time I took a heaping table-spoon of cocoa powder and mixed it in my half cup of water, then mixed that with the gelatin and let it sit in the mixer as normal. These took a while to start poofing, and required much less mixing, about 2 minutes less. I added half the amount of vanilla to these to help boost the chocolate flavor. These poofed up much less than the original flavor, but were none the less delicious.

Both pans are setting in the fridge as we speak. I’m excited to cut them up – but don’t know if I’m going to be able to resist them until wedding time!!  The s’more station will consist of the three flavors of marshmallows, an assortment of ghiradelli chocolate squares {caramel filled, raspberry filled, mint, dark}, and a variety of grahams and cookies to sandwich them it {ginger thins, cinnamon grahams and regular}. I took a batch of marshmallows to a BBQ last weekend to see how they toast up. They cook very fast, so I definitely recommend cooking over low heat coals and rotating frequently. But, the flavor is unbeatable! I may never eat a store-bought marshmallow again!

Here’s a picture of the gorgeous view and the fire pit where the gourmet s’more station {oh, and the wedding} will take place!

 

Happy Pinning! Happy Baking!! Happy WEDDINGS!!!

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