You’ll never see this kiddie confection the same way again.
When you’re a kid there is stuff that never crosses you mind. Some things are just off your radar. Sure, a five or six year old might ask “why is the sky blue or why can’t I eat my dinner out of a bowl like Sparky”. But, what about a seemingly unanswerable question like, “where do marshmallows come from?”. Now that’s a mystery worth unraveling.
I wonder if caterer/blogger/author, Shauna Sever has ever asked? One thing I can tell you for sure is that that she definitely has the answer. Her new cookbook, Marshmallow Madness, pulls back the veil of secrecy that surrounds the creation of these popular sweet treats and opens up a world of puffy possibilities.
Shauna’s book is jam packed with marshmallow recipes that will have you looking at these childhood delights in a whole new way. Of course, there is the basic, standard, classic vanilla marshmallow recipe. It’s right up front where it should be. But, do a little page turning and be prepared to raise an eye brow (or two). Did I just hear someone say, Mango-Chile-Lime Marshmallows? I thought so.
Both kids and adults are sure to love the super creative and imaginative recipes in the book. To get you in the marshmallow mood, the cover even has a squeezable feel to it. There is no doubt you would be the talk of your next bonfire if you showed up with some Salted Peanut or Maple-Bacon Marshmallows to sandwich into your S’mores. Tongues would certainly be wagging.
Once you make a homemade batch, it may be tough to go back to the bag of Stay Pufts. The good news is with so many new recipes to try, you won’t have to.
NOTE: Over at Serious Eats they are holding a “Marsh Madness” marshmallow competition. Sixteen bloggers will be dueling it out in a no holds barred marshmallow cooking challenge. You can check in each week to see who’s creations are outshining the rest of the pack. You can also keep tabs on all the marshmallow madness on Twitter by using #marshmadness.