Saturday, March 10, 2012

Strawberry Marshmallows—Marshmallow Madness! Giveaway

 
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Ever since I made my very first batch of homemade marshmallows, I’ve never look back to the store bought options.  So, when the kind folks from Quirk Books offered me a review copy of “Marshmallow Madness!”, by Shauna Sever, I jumped right at the opportunity. 

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Marshmallow Madness!” is a delightful cookbook that shows you how to create dozens of marshmallows flavors and shapes, from strawberry and banana to sea salt caramel swirl and margarita marshmallows.  Also, included are inspiring ideas for crafting these gooey treats made with mallow, and much, much more. 

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If you have never made your own marshmallows before, don’t get intimidated.  Shauna’s book came with detail instructions and explanations on tools and techniques.  It feels like she’s in the kitchen with you, guiding you through step by step.  Most of Shauna’s recipes are egg-less (based on gelatin and sugar syrup), verses using egg-white meringue .  As Shauna explained in her book, the egg-less version result in sturdier mallows and avoid issues of food allergies and raw egg whites. 

Unfortunately, the first 2 trials of my egg-less version of mallows turned out a bit too firmed for me to shape them properly.  So, I added egg white into Shauna’s strawberry mallow recipe on my 3rd trial and they came out fluffy and beautiful.  I’ve never had issues with raw egg whites, if that’s a concern for you, try to use pasteurized egg whites or stick with Shauna’s recipes.  (Note: the pasteurized egg white might take a longer time to whip up but they eventually will.)

Mallow in Progress

Ready to take a peek inside the book?  Have some tissue paper ready, you might drool a little.  It’s okay, I won’t tell. Smile with tongue out

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See the varieties of creations that you can do with mallows?  Hm….I wonder what I should try next! Mallow Cones or S’mores cupcakes?  The Salted Caramel Swirl and the Key Lime Pie Mallows are calling my name, too!  These are just a few examples of what you can make with mallows, and there are so many more wonderful creations from the book.

Inside the Book

These Chocolate-Filled Vanilla Marshmallows are just as tempting!

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The Strawberry Marshmallows I made from “Marshmallow Madness!” are wonderful.  Not only there are real strawberries puree in them, the recipe also called for folding in freeze-dried strawberries at the end.  You can imagine, the strawberry flavor is very intense.  I love the tartness from the strawberries which balanced perfectly with the sweetness from these mallows.  Just one bite…I’m in strawberries heaven. These are fluffy, pillow-ey, strawberr-ey goodness.

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So, are you ready to make your own marshmallows at home?  Here’s a chance to win your own copy of “Marshmallow Madness!”, courtesy of Quirk Books and Shauna.  Here are the details:

One lucky uTry.it reader (with an U.S. or Canada mailing address) will win a copy of
Marshmallow Madness!”.  To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me what’s the most extreme/unusual flavor of marshmallow that you’ve ever tried.  Or, just tell me what new flavor you want to try.  Deadline to enter is March 20th by mid-night PST.  Winner will be selected through Random.org and announce shortly after the giveaway is closed.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you everyone for entering.


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Good Luck everyone.


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Disclaimer: I received a copy of “Marshmallow Madness!” free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are 100% my own and always will be.




48 comments:

  1. Oh My Amy,

    I would love to try an Almond Flavored marshmallow. I bet it would taste like a French Macaron, don't you? That book looks amazing. I've never made marshmallows, but I want to now that you have me inspired. I would like to just play with all the wonderful options.

    If I don't win it, I'll probably buy myself a copy. It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing such a lovely Pink Saturday post. If you lived closer to me, we could get together and play in the kitchen with sweets. LOL

    I will follow you on all of the above mentioned places.

    Take care,

    Cathy

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  2. Hi Amy,
    What a great book, I bet you will have loads of fun trying all of them. The all look so delicious. I think my favorite would be the key lime!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  3. u can use meringue powder if u want to avoid raw egg white

    michelle

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  4. Cherry flavor, I love it!
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  5. I like uTry.it's Facebook Page.
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  6. I'm following uTry_it on Twitter.
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  7. I'm following uTry.it on Pinterest.
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  8. I shared this giveaway on Facebook.
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  9. What a fun book! I actually haven't tried any unusual or extreme mallows, but I did try peppermint ones around Christmas and they were delicious. I am intrigued by the banana ones. Do they use banana extract or do they actually have bananas in them?

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  10. I only make regular vanilla homemade marshmallow but I would love to try any or all of these flavors. I am thinking that the key lime version would be my first pick.

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  11. I follow you with Google already.

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  12. I am also a Pinterest follower.

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  13. I've never made my own marshmallows, but I saw a 'buttered popcorn' version on a blog once and have wanted to make them ever since! As far as the ones for the book go, the Key Lime sounds delicious!

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  14. I'm a fan of your Facebook page.

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  15. I'm a new follower on Pinterest :)

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  16. Unfortunately, the most extreme flavor I've ever tried is chocolate. Boring, I know, so I would love to try other flavors.

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  17. I already follow you on FB.

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  18. Already a follower on Twitter.

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  19. Now following you on Pinterest.

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  20. I've never had anything other than a plain marshmallow!
    The ones you mention sound scrumptious, Amy! Oooh, strawberry or banana or.... drool:)

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  21. I have eaten gingerbread marshmallows:) This book looks like great fun!

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  22. I follow you through google friend connect:)

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  23. I now follow you on pinterest~hooray!

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  24. I have never been a dessert chef or a baker but seeing the desserts you make on your blog just makes me want to try! Love your colorful and flavorful marshmallows!

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  25. I would love to try the Sea Salt Caramel Swirl Marshmallows!!

    adb6{at}humboldt{dot}edu

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  26. I haven't had very many unusual marshmallow flavors but I'd love to try some! I need this cookbook to start experimenting :)

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  27. They look yummy! Happy Pink Saturday to you, Dru

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  28. Never tried making them at home...i love strawberry flavored though....

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  29. I wanted to try Mango flavor ones...as I am being a huge fan of mangoes.....I already follow you....

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  30. Facebook & Pinned. Do lots of camping need more flavors, ha!

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  31. I've had coconut marshmallows and they were amazing!

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  32. I'm following on Pinterest

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  33. Those are the most awesome treats. I feel like I'm in Candyland!

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  34. oh i never find giveaways going to canada too!! how exciting, i can finally enter!!! i've tried liquorish marshmallows...not very good to me...but i tried it!

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  35. i'm following you on pinterest!! (can you tell i really want to book?!)

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  36. I've only had regular marshmallows but I'm on a big nutty kick - so maybe pecans or almond marshmallows - yummmmmo!

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  37. i'm following you on pinterest :) can't wait to look through all of your goodies!

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  38. I love marshmallows and have made them for many years. I have made coffee, chocolate, strawberry, mint and plain....but the strangest flavor I have ever tried would be violet in a beautiful color of violet as well and it was in a long roll wrapped in cello so pretty. This was in Paris a few years ago and I will say it tasted yuk ~ to me it was so pretty even smelled pretty but the taste ~ well not so pretty...hee heee, I will stick to plain ~ chocolate ~ coffee banana sounds good too!

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  39. What a great cookbook. Sad to say that chocolate is about the wackiest I have gotten with a mallow. I hope to win the book so I can go wild!

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  40. Would love to try these marshmallows...
    This cookbook looks really good....

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