Marshmallows. And not just any marshmallows. Mint chocolate chip marshmallows.
I thought marshmallows would be difficult to make. For some reason, I've always classified marshmallows as being on an "intermediate" level, or for more experienced bakers. But it went really well for my first time making them! The only real problem I had was that there is a lot of corn syrup involved, and once it's heated in a saucepan with sugar and water, it sticks to everything. Ev-er-y-thing. I had to do some serious scrubbing on my stove top, but it was worth it.
I also really enjoy the transformation that takes place when marshmallows are being made. First you start out with unflavored gelatin soaking in ice cold water, then you pour in a steaming sugar-syrup mixture, whip it on high for 12 minutes, and you end up with a super fluffy mixture that turns into soft and puffy marshmallows aftersitting in the refridgerator for four hours. It's cool to watch.
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MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP MARSHMALLOWS
I used Alton Brown's recipe for regular homemade marshmallows. This recipe is as close to perfect as it gets. The directions are easy to follow and it's pretty quick.
There are three things you need to add to this recipe to make mint chocolate chip marshmallows. So in addition to the ingredients from Alton Brown's recipe, you'll need mint/peppermint extract (instead of vanilla extract), green food coloring, and a 12 oz package of mini chocolate chips.
- Follow Alton Brown's recipe up until you're supposed to add the vanilla extract. (Only whip the mixture for 12 minutes. The recipe says 12-15, but I whipped mine for 13 and the mixture was a little stiff).
- Instead of vanilla extract, add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract and a very small amount of green food coloring, maybe 1/4th of a teaspoon. You can add a little more if you need to after that.
- Next, reduce the speed of the mixer to medium-high, and add half of the mini chocolate chips.
- When I did this step, I took the bowl off my stand mixer and tried to stir in regular sized chocolate chips because the store I went to didn't have the mini ones. It didn't go very well. I had a hard time stirring the marshmallow mixture and the chocolate chips started melting a little. I'm pretty sure they all ended up in a glob somewhere instead of evenly spread throughout. So I think it would be better to add the mini chocolate chips while the mixer is still on.
- Then continue on with Alton Brown's recipe.
These marshmallows were incredible on s'mores. There was a little get-together at my friend's (and fellow s'mores addict) apartment last night and we made them. They would also probably be great in hot chocolate or coffee. Actually, I'm not sure why I haven't put them in my coffee yet.
These marshmallows aren't very pretty. It's because I whipped them for too long and had a hard time spreading them out in the pan. I cut some of them into squares and then realized I have heart shaped cookie cutters. I used one of those to cut out the rest and they were much cuter! If you use cookie cutters, dip them in powdered sugar before you try to use them. It makes in easier to cut into the marshmallows.
I've been experimenting with my photography a little bit, as you can probably tell. I'm trying to find the best spot to use natural light in my apartment because sometimes my light box works and sometimes it doesn't. I'm not sure what exactly is going on.
Look out for my ebook coming soon!! Hopefully in the next week. Especially because school starts on Wednesday.
I'm really looking forward to it, especially because all my friends are back in town. I had some really fun times this summer, but it was kind of boring, too. There are some exciting things happening this semester, but I'm also kind of conflicted about it. This is my last year of college. Where did it all go? I'm not sure, but I'm going to make count!