DIY Creme de Menthe Marshmallows

Easy to make, puffy, minty Creme de Menthe Marshmallows are great in hot cocoa, s'mores and for gifts!  BoulderLocavore

I have a fun holiday treat for you today and one that would make a great unexpected gift too!  Crème de Menthe Marshmallows.  If you look at recipes or food publications on the internet you’ll note and upswing in homemade marshmallows.  What’s the point when you can buy them?  There are several reasons making your own marshmallows is a great thing to do.  First you can customize them to almost any flavor you can imagine.  Like many homemade foods, they are better homemade.  They have a wonderful, whimsical, puffy texture, a great ‘bite’ and flavor.  Lastly they are really easy to make.

Tray of Creme de Menthe Marshmallows - BoulderLocavore.com

We have been going through a lot of marshmallows in the Boulder Locavore kitchen.  It’s definitely hot chocolate season and our pantry hosts a variety of marshmallow flavors.  I was pondering a festive batch to make and share, wondering which traditional holiday flavor to feature.  It was actually my teen daughter who piped up with Crème de Menthe; not because I let her drink it but because in our house all dessert paths lead to Grasshopper Pie, the filling of which is made from melted marshmallows, cream and Crème de Menthe.  Her rationale was this I could make Crème de Menthe marshmallows then melt them down to make Grasshopper Pie.  The kid is always thinking….

Creme de Menthe Marshmallows on cooking sheet - BoulderLocavore.com

To be honest there was no way I was going to part with one of these heavenly marshmallows to a pie once I tasted the first one.  They are lightly flavored with mint and the palest of green color.  Perfect for hot chocolate, snowy day S’mores after sledding or skiing, or popping in the mouth solo.  One batch makes between 36-49 marshmallows depending on the size when cutting them (I prefer 1 ¼ inch square though 1 ½ inch squares are good for things like S’mores).  The marshmallows are best if eaten within 5 days and kept in an airtight container.  They would be a very fun gift loaded into a colored Mason jar.  Crafting stores now carry multiple colors of the jars giving lots of options.

Tray of Creme de Menthe Marshmallows gluten-free - BoulderLocavore.com

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Last Minute Ideas for Making the Season Merry and Bright

Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas & Good Deeds - BoulderLocavore.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s down to Christmas ‘crunch time’.  With the last full week of school and work for many wrapping up, the pressure is on to finish up gift giving plans.  I for one have spent the past two days while no one is home winding down cyber rabbit holes running into dead ends.  For the hours invested in online shopping my total gift count is sad.  I’m short on great ideas and remembering more people daily our family needs to acknowledge. Somewhere in the frantic searching I had a flashback to when I would make holiday gifts.  I would dedicate a weekend to baking and give coworkers beautiful bread, wrapped festively with a copy of the recipe.  I’d make ornaments or some other thoughtful crafty idea that … {continue reading}

Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles in Garlic-Cinnamon Brown Butter

Spiralized Roasted Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles in Garlic Cinnamon Brown Butter - BoulderLocavore.com

A delicious winter recipe ready in less than 30 minutes and a fun giveaway (be sure to read to the bottom of the post)! I can say without a doubt one of the favorite additions to my kitchen this year is my Spiralizer.  I originally purchased it out of sheer intrigue.  I loved the idea it could turn ordinary produce into ribbons of faux pasta or nests of tangled deliciousness.  I always love an open ended proposition and the chance to step out of the box.  In my mind the Spiralizer offers an invitation to experiment and see what I could create from vegetables and fruit.  A few favorite creations so far are Butternut Squash Noodles with Sage Brown Butter, Zucchini Ribbon Mediterranean Salad and Cucumber Melon Spa Salad (this Freaky Halloween Salad was pretty fun too). I also love the … {continue reading}

Pomegranate Passion Fruit Yogurt Lassi

Pomegranate Passion Fruit Yogurt Lassi - BoulderLocavore.com

December can be a very exciting month.  So many outings and gatherings with friends.  Merriment and good tidings abound.   So do rich, decadent foods, and an overabundance of sweets.  Christmas cookies seem to trail us where ever we go, whether it be plates loaded at the coffee station at work or samples being given out at malls packed with stressed out shoppers. December can begin to feel like a culinary free fall; throwing caution to the wind, eating with reckless abandon with all hopes set on January, the ‘healthy’ month, to make it all right.  In the meantime, between the over indulgent noshing we feel lousy and can’t wedge healthy options into our feasting easily.  Or so it seems. Here’s a secret for you.  Full-flavored options are the ticket to interleaving healthy food and … {continue reading}

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops. Swirl this pop in a cup of hot milk for rich, creamy peppermint hot chocolate. With printable gift labels! BoulderLocavore.com

I’m finding myself circling around my holiday preparation this year rather than diving right in.  I have covered our Countdown to Christmas box contents.  I made sure St. Nicholas knew where the kids’ shoes were on the night of December 5th so he could fill them (wink).  And then it all comes to a full stop. I arrived over an hour early for an appointment in Denver this week, early in the morning when not much is open.  I decided to wander around a very large Target to pick up some odds and ends.  I will admit surprise and relief to land in their holiday department to find it a hot mess.  Like they’d been ransacked.  Open boxes everywhere, scantily clad ornament displays with a smattering of décor as if the new trend is to hang no more than 5 ornaments on a Christmas tree.  Wreathes … {continue reading}

Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache Top

Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache Top - BoulderLocavore.com

Please tell me I’m not the only one who craves ice cream in the winter!  It’s weird, really.   I generally find ice cream makes me thirsty when I eat it in the summer and often opt for sorbet or something with more natural fruit.  Lately I have been craving peppermint milkshakes like nobody’s business. When thinking up a fun, festive holiday dessert a Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie came to mind.  This time of year can be like a feverish walk on a treadmill someone turns up to full speed when you aren’t looking, so having a recipe in your collection that is a surprise and easy to make is a must.  This pie may very well be the easiest pie you’ve ever made. Ironically for all the ho-ho-ho in the holidays, peppermint baking items can be very difficult to find.  My quest … {continue reading}