marshmallow breakthrough

March 25, 2008 |  Category:   cooking the biz

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I had a hard time falling asleep a couple of nights ago after a long day of cooking and watching the kids. My thoughts eventually drifted to marshmallows and how I’ve not been very happy with my first test batches. The texture turned a bit chewy after a few days and the flavors seemed to fade. Then, out of nowhere, I had an idea that might address these problems and I was actually tempted to get out of bed and try a batch (but no, the sound of the mixer at midnight would surely wake the kids!). I did make a batch first thing when I got up that morning and I am pretty thrilled with the results so far – light and fluffy in texture and subtle, smooth flavors, even after being stored for a week (and counting). I’m not going to divulge my new technique as some things need to be kept secrets, but I will say that I used typical marshmallow ingredients and combined them in a different way to produce the improved product. This particular batch is caramel, which is something special in itself – think of an untoasted marshmallow infused with a toasted marshmallow flavor.

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  • Christina March 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Caramel — brilliant idea! And these marshmallows look perfect, fat and fluffy.
    Great blog, by the way and good luck!

  • Esther from Babyccino March 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Ever heard of Tantalus? 🙂

  • Courtney March 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Lovely blog–delicious photos! I love marshmellow!

  • A friend from Seattle! March 26, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Go Mark! Go, go, go with the marshmallows! (we started our own business–you can do it!)

  • jenny January 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    i watched amelie last night and the part where the marshmallow twister is twisting made me think of your breakthrough…isn’t it something to do with air…emmm, my apologies if this is obvious to you already

  • Suzanne April 4, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I absolutely LOOOOVE your marshmallows I rec’d in the mail today. I bought the sampler packs on etsy (chocolate, caramel, and cardamom). And, yes, your last sentence above describing the flavor of the caramel is exactly what I thought! Toasty, deep flavor with just enough sweetness. I made some scratch hot cocoa so I could put the caramel marshmallow on top…INSANE! My 18-month old tried it and was just giggling with delight. My 4-year-old niece actually loved the cardamom ones the best! I’ve somehow managed to not open the chocolate ones because I want to surprise my mother with them.
    Anyhow, the texture was just amazing, and surpassed my imagination (which can often set me up for disappointment because I have a great imagination). I’ve been waiting for years to try homemade marshmallows, and it was worth the wait because they are perfect!!! Will order more soon, hope you continue to get many orders 🙂
    Your marshmallows are like little clouds plucked from heaven.

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