Saturday, May 4, 2013

Boozy Framboise Guimauve Pops--For Mothers Day


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The other day, I was craving for marshmallows.  Those soft, pillow-y and flavorful marshmallows.  Ever since I made my own, (see previous posts from here and here), I can never go back to the store bought ones.  If you've ever tried a homemade marshmallow, you will know exactly why.  The texture of the homemade ones is just heavenly soft and light; the flavor is truly up to your imagination.  On the day I craved for the marshmallows, my imagination took me to a boozy place, with sweet and tart framboise (raspberry in French), and a wonderland filled with pinkish guimauve (marshmallow in French).  Okay, I know, I’m not French, but don’t you agree that French names sound more fancy and romantic? And these Boozy Framboise Guimauve Pops definitely are fancy, romantic and just darn tasty!  They will make you dream a little.

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Making homemade marshmallow involve making a syrup, which is a solution of sugar and liquid, and cook it to a certain temperature.  The easiest way to tell the temperature of the syrup is using a candy thermometer.  If you don’t have one, I highly recommend you getting one.  It’s not only useful in candies making, but also handy when canning for jams and cooking the custard for your favorite ice creamClick here to see the thermometer I use.  The price is reasonable and and the numbers are easy to read.

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I couldn't help it but to turn these marshmallows into pops, lovely flower pops.  You can wrap them individually with treat bags and pass them on as gifts (you know, Mother’s Day is coming up).  I think they are the perfect homemade gifts for Mother's day.  They are just so feminine and beautiful. Although you can hardly detect the taste of liquor in these mallows because most of the liquor is cooked off.  These boozy mallows are simply not for kids, pregnant ladies, or any one who can’t take alcohol.  But, you can certainly replace the liquor with fruit juice and make them kids friendly.  My kids love the kids friendly version a lot.  I’ll include both recipes below for your convenience.  Oh, and I used these cookie cutters to make the pops.  Aren't they the cutest thing ever!?

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So, I made a batch of kid's friendly flower pops for my kids.  Then a boozy batch for myself and some friends to enjoy!  To distinguish the two, I piped the boozy one into long ropes in a pastry bag fitted with a round pastry tip.  When the ropes were dry, I cut them into small pieces.  These are not just cute, but also sweet, tart, raspberr-ey, pillow-y, and melt in the mouth as well.  Super addictive!  One last thing, I used potato starch to prevent the marshmallow from sticking together.  You can also use a mixture of corn starch and powdered sugar.  However, I love the potato starch because it's mild and doesn't have the raw flour taste.  Plus, the potato starch doesn't add any sweetness to these mallows as they are already sweet enough.  I used the potato starch to coat these Black Sesame Mochi as well.  Have you ever make homemade marshmallows before?  I want to know what flavors you dream of. 

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For more homemade gift ideas for Mother's Day, check out the Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub and Lavender Bath Salt.



Boozy Framboise Guimauve Pops:  (Printable Recipe)
3/4 cup raspberry puree, strained and divided
6 tablespoons framboise (raspberry liquor), divided
4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 egg pasturized egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries, slightly crushed
1/2 cup potato starch


Generously coat an 8-by-8 baking pan with potato starch, set aside.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, place 1/2 cup raspberry puree, 2  tablespoons of framboise and gelatin together.  Let mixture proof for 5 minutes.

In a medium sauce pan,  heat sugar, corn syrup, remaining 1/4 cup of raspberry puree, remaining 1/4 cup framboise on medium low heat.  Stir until sugar completely dissolved.  Swirl the pot occasionally to make sure nothing stick on the bottom.  Cook syrup until it reaches 240 F degree.
While the syrup is cooking, heat the gelatin mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until the gelatin is dissolved.  Place egg whites with salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whisk until stiff peak forms.

When syrup reaches 240 F degree, transfer to a heat proof cup with a beaker.  While the mixer is on low speed, carefully pour the syrup into the egg white between the mixer bowl and the whisk.  Then, add the vanilla and gelatin. 

With a rubber spatula, fold the freeze dried raspberries into the marshmallow.  Transfer to the prepared baking pan and let it set overnight before cutting into desired shape and size.  Dust a flower shaped cookie cutter with potato starch and cut marshmallows into flower shape.  Roll the cut side of the mallows in a small bowl potato starch to prevent sticking.  Insert lollipop sticks from the sides to make flower pops.



Kid's Friendly Framboise Guimauve Pops:
3/4 cup raspberry puree, strained and divided
6 tablespoons raspberry juice (or cranberry juice), divided
4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 egg pasturized egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries, slightly crushed
1/2 cup potato starch


Generously coat an 8-by-8 baking pan with potato starch, set aside.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, place 1/2 cup raspberry puree, 2  tablespoons of raspberry juice and gelatin together.  Let mixture proof for 5 minutes.

In a medium sauce pan,  heat sugar, corn syrup, remaining 1/4 cup of raspberry puree, remaining 1/4 cup raspberry juice on medium low heat.  Stir until sugar completely dissolved.  Swirl the pot occasionally to make sure nothing stick on the bottom.  Cook syrup until it reaches 240 F degree.
While the syrup is cooking, heat the gelatin mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until the gelatin is dissolved.  Place egg whites with salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whisk until stiff peak forms.

When syrup reaches 240 F degree, transfer to a heat proof cup with a beaker.  While the mixer is on low speed, carefully pour the syrup into the egg white between the mixer bowl and the whisk.  Then, add the vanilla and gelatin. 

With a rubber spatula, fold the freeze dried raspberries into the marshmallow.  Transfer to the prepared baking pan and let it set overnight before cutting into desired shape and size.  Dust a flower shaped cookie cutter with potato starch and cut marshmallows into flower shape.  Roll the cut side of the mallows in a small bowl potato starch to prevent sticking.  Insert lollipop sticks from the sides to make flower pops.  

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  1. I like French names for desserts, too - they sound so refined, don't they? :) Your marshmallows are exactly that: they look so light and airy, very European.

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Glad you agree on the French name thing. I thought I was being silly. ;)

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  2. I have been craving for marshmallows lately, never try the homemade one though. Perfect mother's day gift, low fat and made with love! PS I tried your orange chicken drumsticks, I used wings instead and they are lovely, thank you! Happy mother's day!

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    1. Oh...if you love marshmallows, you've got to give the homemade version a try. You're going to love them, I guaranteed it. Thank you for trying the Sweet and Savory Asian Chicken Drumsticks. I'm glad you love them. Yes, they are very good on wings too. :) Happy Mother's Day to you too.

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  3. Looks so delicious! I do think this is a lovely and heavenly gift for Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day! :)
    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my gift idea. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend ahead.

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  4. Wow, lovely and beautiful flower pops for mum. Happy Mother's Day! ^_^

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    1. Thank you, Esther. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. :)

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  5. these look so wonderful and definitely perfect for Mothers Day a shame that my mum doesn't like any sweets >_<

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    1. Oh yeah, these were so good. Hm...you Mom doesn't like sweet? Maybe make her the Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub or Lavender Bath Salt then. Something that she can use and last for a while. ;)

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  6. What a cute idea and yes, the French name sounds romantic. :)

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my ideas. :P Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

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  7. I am impressed by these gorgeous-looking marshmallows. I like especially the boozy version ;-) but I'm sure both are delicious. I have always thought making marshmallows is a very complicated and difficult process, but your clear explanations make me think that maybe one day I will try it too... I use only meat thermometer but I think the temperature doesn't go as far as in candy thermometer. Another gadget to buy!

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    1. Thank you. Oh yeah, I love the boozy version too. You should give them a try, it's much easier than you think. ;) Yeah, the candy thermometer is better with this recipe because you can clip it on the side of your pot so you don't have to hold it. Good thing is that it's not expensive at all.

      Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  8. une petite gourmandise qui ne se refuse pas, j'aime beaucoup
    bonne journée

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    1. Je vous remercie. Je suis contente que tu aimes ma création. Avoir un merveilleux week-end.

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  9. Un hermoso y delicioso regalo bien Gourmet...felicidades ,hugs.

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    1. Muchas gracias. Me alegra que te guste esta idea regalo. :) ¿Tienes un fin de semana maravilloso.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like them. They were so yummy I can't wait to make some again.

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  11. Homemade marshmallows are the best, and fun flavors make them even more special! I love the flower pops, it's such a cute presentation. Such a perfect present. :)

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you love this idea. They are certainly yummy and pretty too.

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  12. SO darn cute, Amy! Yeah, the store bought marshmallows just won't cut it...especially the flavored ones. Ick. And thanks for sharing the French word for marshmallow :)

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I'm glad you love homemade version too. Wish you a fantastic Mother's Day weekend.

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  13. Omgthese looks sooo good... Happy to follow u ami

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    1. Thank you. Happy to follow you back. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. what a wonderful idea...looks so cute and yum..nice presentation..

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    1. Thank you, Gayathri. Glad you like these treats. :) Have a great Mother's Day weekend.

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  15. What pretty marshmallow pops! These boozy ones sound really intriguing too.
    Have a great Sunday, Amy!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Oh yeah, these were delicious and the boozy ones are my favorite.

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  16. I like the lovely pink of your marshmallow pops. I seldom eat marshmallow but your flower pops are so cute and I am so tempted to eat them.

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Oh...you should give these a try. They are so good.

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  17. 1st time to ur space and absolutely loving it :) happily following you here on, Also do add me to ur G+ if you dont mind :) Would be glad to have you in my frnds list :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I would love to follow you back. :) Just added you to my G+ circle. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  18. When I read the title of your post, I was very curious to know what it was.. Glad to know that marshmallows are called guimauve in French.. Absolutely wonderful and cute looking pop Amy.. Loved the idea.. Also bookmarked the marshmallow recipe.. They look so perfect.. Will try to make them soon.. Happy Mother's day dear :-)

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    1. Thank you, Nilu. Glad you like these marshmallows. Oh..you've got to give them a try soon. They are simply delicious. Wish you and your family a beautiful weekend.

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  19. I really do need to make marshmallows sometime - it looks like such a fun thing to do. And I know you're right when you say their flavor is so much better than store bought. Lovely pops! Really attractive - thanks so much.

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    1. Oh yeah, you've got to give these a try. I have to warn you though, homemade marshmallows are quite addictive. You'll crave for them every now and then after that first bite...and soft and fluffy bite. :)

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  20. What a lovely gift for Mother´s Day!!
    It looks wonderful.
    Have a nice week, Amy :-)

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. Glad you love this gift idea. :)

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  21. I love both versions. Both are so pretty and perfect for Mom's Day!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. Glad you love this gift idea. :)

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  22. That looks really delicious. Happy to follow you Amy :-)

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    1. Thank you, Rekha. Happy to follow you back. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

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  23. Oh, I do love marshmallows! These look absolutely wonderful.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, these are so good. Wish you a beautiful weekend.

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  24. Happy mums day to you a wee bit early. Your frambroise pops are adorable. I wonder how they would fare on an airtrip from HK to US? I am sure I will be sharing this one... Take care, BAM

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    1. Thank you. I'm not too sure if they'll survive a long flight. But with proper packaging, I'm sure it is possible. :) Wish I can share these with you. Have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend.

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    1. Thank you, and yes they are. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day! :)

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  26. Lovely!

    And How much fun for Mother's Day!

    I want!

    x

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    1. Thank you. Oh yeah, these are definitely fun to eat. :)

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  27. My mom would loves these but she is diabetic so it's a no no! I wouldn't mind some too though:D They so pretty!

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    1. Sorry that you can't share these with your Mom. But hope you like the Lavender Bath Salt and Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub gift idea. I just made some Lavender Bath Salt for tomorrow's gathering.

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  28. These sound fabulous. I make marshmallows, too but always keep them plain so I can dip them in chocolate. These however could still be dipped in chocolate and what a treat both ways. Great idea, Amy!

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    1. oh....dipping these on chocolate sounds wonderful. I can't wait to make my next batch and dip them in chocolate. :P Just thinking about it made me drool a little.

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  29. Wow! These look so pretty - and yummy, too!

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    1. Thank you, Amber. Wish you're enjoying your weekend so far. :)

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  30. These are so freaking cute! I love the idea of a bouquet, mason jar..."lollipops"....all of it bc I bet it tastes amazing!!

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    1. :) Thank you. Oh yeah...these were so good they were all gone too soon. Gotta make another batch soon.

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  31. Marshmallow with alcohol is just another level! I love that you added raspberry puree and dried raspberries in the marshmallow too. It is great to see bits of raspberry in the marshmallow. I definitely would love to have some!

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    1. Thank you. Oh yeah, The bits of raspberries in the mallows add wonderful tartness to this treat as well. :) Glad you like them.

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  32. I too love marshmallows! You feel like such a kid when you eat them! Like being young again :) I haven't tried making my own yet but you have inspired me to try.

    Nazneen

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    1. Oh...if you love marshmallows, you're going to love the homemade version a lot more. :) Give these a try, I'm sure you'll have fun with them. Happy Mother's Day to you.

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  33. You are very creative. Great recipe, post and pictures!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my creations. They were so much fun to make and to eat. :)

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  34. they look gorgeous - what a fun post!
    mary x

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Glad you like these treats. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Have a great week ahead.

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  35. Oooo, i never once thought to make my own marshmallows but now that i've seen this, I want to!!! Looks so pretty and yummy.

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    1. Oh...you've gotta give that a try, at least once. The homemade version is just way better than packaged ones. :) Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  36. Oh yes the French totally sounds fancier :) I have made my own before and yes they are totally different from store bought.

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    1. Thank you. Oh...yeah. The store bought marshmallow simply can't compare with homemade version. :) Glad you agree.

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  37. OMG, these are marshmallows? They're so pretty! Sorry for not coming by these days, but it's good to be back blog-hopping after a month's absence! Bet I'm missing a lot out here. I'll be seeing u more from now!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. No problem, Shirley. It's nice to have a break every once in a while and I'm glad you're back. Oh...and these marshmallows are pretty and super yummy too. :P

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  38. Ooo I hope I can find framboise somewhere so I can make these! How super cute!

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    1. OH...hope you get a hold of some dramboise. :) These are really good.

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  40. What a great gift idea and they are so adorable! :) Photos are beautiful as always. Lovely post Amy.

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Glad you like my creation. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  41. Homemade marshmallows! That's a lovely gift idea for Mother's Day! They look so elegant!

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    1. Thank you, Ruby. Glad you love this gift idea. :)

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  42. I am also on marshmallow making spree, Amy, so many flavours to try out, but I like plain white ones ( boring me!). Your mallows look wonderful! what a treat.

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    1. I know...it's kind of addictive to make your own marshmallow at home. I love the plain vanilla ones too...and dark chocolate. And these boozy ones. Oh well, I guess I do love all of them! hahaha...have a wonderful week ahead.

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  43. Absolutely beautiful and I can imagine they taste fabulous too!

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    1. Thank you, Nic. Oh yeah, these are so good, both the taste and the look. I can't wait to make my next batch. :)


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  44. Marshmallows are one of the things on my list of foods to make! I don't know why I still haven't made them...they seem fairly easy and are so yummy! love your flavor choice, Amy :)

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    1. Thank you. Well, I know. It took me a while before I started making my own marshmallows a couple of years ago. But then, you won't be going back to packaged ones after you make your own. :) And these are quite addictive. Hope you'll give them a try soon.

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    1. Thank you, Deidre. They are also yummy. :P

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  46. Such lovely and dainty pops for mother's day :)

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. Glad you like my gift idea. Hope you had a great weekend and a beautiful week ahead.

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  47. Hi Amy, that's a very nice pops. You're very creative and innovative. Keep up the good job. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Regards.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Glad you like my creations. ;) Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful week ahead of you.

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  48. Lovely flavours and beautiful presentation Amy. I bet they taste delicious!
    I agree with you regardding everything sounding better in French. I lived in Paris for a while and hubby is French...need I say more :-)

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    1. Oh...I'm envy, I've always wanted to visit Paris. :) Glad you like my little creations for Mother's Day. Hope you're having a great one. Take care.

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  49. Oh my...Amy! You made your own marshmallows? That sounds incredible to me! I will never thought of creating that...don't even know where to start..and yours looks so good and delicious! Plus the flavour that you have infused to it. Great work! :)...danny

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    1. Thank you, Danny. I know...it's kind of fun making confections in the kitchen. :) So I can create the flavors that I love. Glad you like my creation. Wish I can share some with you, these were so good.

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  50. Such a cute idea! You are really good at dessert making! These pops are so cute. Pinned!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet compliment and pinning my pictures. I guess I just love sweet so much that I like to create (or more like play with) different kinds of sweets and confections. :)

      Hope your Mother's Day was wonderful. Have a great week ahead.

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