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.
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….
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.