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.
“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.
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.)
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.
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.
These Chocolate-Filled Vanilla Marshmallows are just as tempting!
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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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.