So, I was debating on whether or not I was going to post a Halloween-themed recipe today. Originally, I completely forgot about it, and was going to post the absolute perfect brussel sprouts recipe for Turkey Day. Don’t worry, that recipe will be up this weekend, but I didn’t think that brussel sprouts and Halloween meshed well. So, here we are, and I decided to whip up a batch of marshmallows. There are few things I love more in this world than the marshmallow. I love all things marshmallow. With Giada De Laurentiis’ inspiration, I made a delicious, homemade version of a childhood favorite. They are perfect for Halloween, or any other time of year! I think they would be especially satisfying over the Holidays. The great thing about homemade marshmallows, is how versatile they can be. You can pretty much put any flavor your heart desires in them. We skipped the beer pairing for today. I still have yet to come up with a good pairing, and I’m thinking they would be best with beer in them! That’s a recipe for another day though. =)
Weather: The disgustingness that has been the weather these past couple of days seems to have vanished today. Thank God. I was getting depressed. It’s a beautiful Fall day: perfectly 60 degrees, sunny and perfect for Halloween.
What am I doing: Besides stuffing my face full of sweets…what?
Recipe Fun Facts:
Candy can be scary to make, and making marshmallows are a lot like making candy. The syrup has to be the perfect temperature, and there is no step skipping in this recipe. It takes a little bit of time, but it is not at all difficult. With a little bit of patience, I have no doubt that each and every one of you will succeed at making them. Word of advice: INVEST in a candy thermometer. You will use it. I promise, and it’s essential for making marshmallow.
I know that these are Halloween-themed, but they are really great any time of year. They are especially great for parties and events. I love them for entertaining. A different-colored sprinkle can go a long, long way!
As far as flavor is concerned, the sky is the limit. I like to use extracts, but use them with caution. A little bit goes a long way, and you don’t want fake-tasting marshmallows. You can find extracts at the grocery store. The most common extracts are vanilla and peppermint, but you will be surprised at how much your grocery store has to offer.
If you would like to view the original recipe click here. Giada is always ever-inspiring =).
Happy Halloween everyone!