Blood Orange Marshmallows & {Marshmallow Madness}

If you've never tasted homemade marshmallows, you are definitely missing out.  They were all the craze last year, and even I jumped on the bandwagon by making some matcha-flavored ones and even swirled ones.  After tasting the light, airy, fluffy goodness of homemade marshmallows it is impossible to ever go back to store-bought ones.  You've been warned...

Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever
It is no wonder Shauna Sever wrote an entire book about marshmallows! Recently, I was provided a copy of Shauna's new book, Marshmallow Madness to preview and boy, was I excited when I received it - just look at that fun and colorful cover! You can't really tell from the photo, but the cover is puffy and squishy - just like marshmallows.  It made me feel like a kid in a candy store - I sat down with the book and flipped through all of the gorgeous pages and already, my brain was churning...what kind of marshmallows should I make?

 There are classic recipes such as vanilla and chocolate; fruity mallows, and even boozy ones as well as gourmet flavors such as maple bacon and sea salt caramel swirl - those are definitely next on my marshmallow-making list.  Shauna also includes a section on necessary key ingredients, tools and techniques for marshmallow success.  I love that she broke down each recipe into three parts: the bloom, the syrup, and the mallowing - with the ingredients list and directions color-coded to match.  It really makes it easy for the beginner marshmallow-maker. 

In the end, I decided to use Shauna's key lime pie marshmallow recipe to make use of couple of blood oranges that were sitting around.  Obviously, I replaced the key lime juice with blood orange juice, but also replaced vanilla extract with almond extract.  Oh, and I added a touch of pink gel food coloring - the blood orange juice has a natural bright red/pink hue.  Next time, I'll try the original recipe which coats the marshmallows in graham cracker crumbs - a gluten-free cracker recipe is even included in the book! The recipe was so simple - especially with the stand mixer doing all of the hard work, but what was better about Shauna's recipe is that the marshmallows came right out of the pan and were not ridiculously sticky like other recipes that I've tried.  Coating your pan with cooking spray is key, but even cutting them up was a cinch - nothing stuck, and the only mess was from the cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture, which helps keep the mallows dry. 

If you'd like to try making one of Shauna's fluffy creations, Marshmallow Madness hits shelves on Tuesday, February 28th - but you can pre-order your copy through Amazon.  Also, follow #MarshMadness on Twitter and the Marsh Madness Bracket throughout the month of March for lots more marshmallow-y goodness - and even a chance to win your own copy of the book!

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of the book to preview by the publisher, Quirkbooks.  However, I was not obligated to post a review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.