Homemade chocolate (with a hint of mint) cookie coated marshmallows! That’s what the Dirty Leprechaun is all about. I can’t think of anything more perfect right now then being on a camping trip at the close of a full day, sitting around a campfire and toasting one of these babies over hot embers. They really need nothing more than a little heat to be thoroughly enjoyed. But since I could, I put it between two Girl Scouts Cookies. Thin Mints to be exact. Now there’s a St. Patrick’s Day S’more if I ever saw one.
Anyone remember the marshmallows in Voguemallow Grilled Sandwich? This weekend I took a quick trip with my friend Courtney to the source, where we learned from the mellifluent marshmallow makers at 240sweet. Chef Alexa and Co. were generous and funny (as we all hope good confectioners to be). While the mega batch of mallows were mixing, we were treated to samples of artisan marshmallows that were skewered and toasted on the spot. Flavors like Banana Split, Elephant Ear, and Salty Caramel Swirl = pillowy roasted gooey bliss. We all got to taste spoons of the fresh mango mallows right off the beater, then we put on plastic aprons and shaped up our own vanilla bean mallows with powder and pizza cutters (Courtney snapped my picture in action!). Hers were wedges that looked like a wheel of brie and mine were something like abstract picket fences and piano keys. I wanted to buy all available flavors, but I had to limit myself to two pouches. I chose the Hoosier Strawberry and March’s Flavor of the Month: Dirty Leprechaun (creation forthcoming). Thanks, 240sweet for a good time, and Happy March, All.
Snowflakes fell from the sky all weekend in my neck of the woods; it was a good reason to drink a mug of hot milk. I did that very thing one morning, but instead of sweetening it up with some honey or chocolate, I used strawberry marshmallows for a creamy summertime flavor. These were no ordinary strawberry marshmallows though, they were handcrafted, locally-sourced Hoosier Strawberry Marshmallows from 240sweet!* The strawberry marshmallow steamer cozied me up and took me back to late June in the middle of our ol’ family strawberry patch, trying to match a quart full of like-sized strawberries for my 4-H project (eating any and all “unsightly” extra-juicy sun-ripened ones in my bare feet).
How it happened: I cut the mallows into fluffy sugar cube-lookin’ quarters. After the milk was heated through, I added 2 mallow cubes, heated the mix up again (~10 seconds microwave, 2 min. stovetop) and stirred. Then I added 2 more mallow cubes on top.
*Saturday I hopped in the car with a good friend and traveled south to the sight of marshmallow magic. The 240sweet folks taught us all things mallow (I took snapshots when I wasn’t savoring freshly toasted samples–future post!), and I brought home a few edible souvenirs.