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Dipping marshmallows
April 23, 2007
4:37 am
deb
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I made passion Fruit marshmallows today and they are absolutely delicious. I plan on dipping them is a 70% Cuban chocolate…Criollo. It takes about 2 days for the marshmallows to dry adequately.

April 23, 2007
5:43 am
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Deb – when you dip marshmallows, do you dust them in cornstarch/icing sugar and then dip or do you just leave them for a couple of days and then dip without dusting them? (I made marshmallows for the first time last week and only dusted them but I want to dip my next batch).

April 23, 2007
2:23 pm
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Gap, I haven’t done a whole lot of batches but from what i have done I will dust them first. Because when you cut them into squares, those inside pieces will be sticky. I found the 64% Cocoa Barry was too thick for dipping, and I need to add some Mycryo. This batch will be done with the Cocoa Barry Cuban 70%.

April 23, 2007
4:37 pm
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Oh, I forgot to say, I only dip 1/2 the marshmallow!!

April 24, 2007
12:11 am
gap
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Thanks Deb, confectionary is fast blending with my chocolate hobby

April 24, 2007
3:41 pm
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Regarding dusting the marshmallow, what I do believe it or not, is use graham cracker crumbs. I don’t use the dusting powder of cornstarch and powder sugar for I fear it would cause the chocolate to clump. The only thing with using the graham crackers is I do wait until it’s the last thing I dip because crumbs will fall off in the chocolate. But it doesn’t cause any damage. You can’t taste the grahma cracker nor does it give it a rough texture. Try it. You might be surprise….
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Rena

April 25, 2007
5:59 am
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Sounds interesting. I should say that I decided to dip the whole marshmallow in chocolate. Because it was all being dipped, i did not use any dusting powder.

April 25, 2007
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quote:


Originally posted by rrmc55

Regarding dusting the marshmallow, what I do believe it or not, is use graham cracker crumbs….


Sounds like you’ve created the “confectionery s’mores”, which, even if you can taste the graham cracker is an inspired idea.

For those who don’t know s’mores are a classic Boy scout camp creation. You toast marshmallows, sandwich them and a slab of chocolate between 2 graham crackers, and eat (I actually like to toast marshmallow, chocolate, and cracker together – done carefully it’s really decadent).

You could probably make such a confection a signature item if you were to set up a confectionery business. Chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows naturally go together.

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April 26, 2007
12:05 am
gap
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And for those who haven’t heard the name before, “s’mores” comes from the term – I’ll have some more. [:)]

Deb – when you said you didn’t dust the marshmallows before dipping, do you put a layer of chocolate on the bottom of the marshmallow to help when you’re dipping?

April 26, 2007
5:09 am
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I did not, but if you have the time and patience it would be a good idea. My hairdresser loved them and insisted that everyone get one at my presentation tomorrow. My audience will be about 12-15 people so it was easy enough to put one in their cello bags!

April 26, 2007
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Yes Alex I am trying to set up my own business. And chocolate/marshmallow will be one of my confections. Right now I just sell to friends and family and word of mouth but it’s seems to be growing each year. I’m just a one-man band right now but I may have to employ some friends for help this coming holiday season. People are already asking me for my website and business cards which at the moment I have neither. I just want say that I really love working with chocolate and seeing the end result of big smiles on peoples faces when they taste my creations just puts me in a happy place!!.
Have a great day everyone!
Rena

May 2, 2007
11:58 am
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I just finished developing my S’more recipe. It is okay, but I am not sure how people here will like it. I made my own graham crackers which eventually came out quite nicely. I made my own marshmellows, which were also nice. I put a marshmellow on top of each little square of graham cracker. stuck it there with some tempered chocolate. Then I dipped this into milk chocolate. They look nice, but something is missing… Or maybe it is just too sweet for me. I think dark chocolate would be nicer and perhaps something else…
Ilana

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May 5, 2007
8:07 pm
Chrissie
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Ilana, just a thought but did you toast the marshmallow? If not then perhaps this toasted flavour is key to the success of the s’more. I also agree that using a dark chocolate may counteract the sweetness a little and give the confections a bit more punch flavour-wise.

May 6, 2007
8:52 pm
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I bet you are right!! I wasthinking what to add, like caramel but thatis too sweet, maybe, I betit is the roasting! Any ideas how to roast before coating? Also, they came out a bit big. The crackeris about 4.5 cm square on thetop is a bit smaller marshmellow,but a bit too tall maybe. Most of my friends cut them in half to produce a good bite size piece.
Ilana

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May 7, 2007
4:25 pm
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You could possibly put the marshmallow on top of the graham cracker then toast under a hot grill (known in the USA as a broiler I think) I would then allow them to cool completely before coating. A kitchen blowtorch might work even better as it would toast the marshmallows quickly without the inside getting hot enough to melt and become miss-shapen.

As for the size, sometimes it’s nice to have to bite something in half so you end up seeing the inside layers. It might be worth trying out making them a bit smaller and see what you think. No harm in experimenting and I’m sure your friends won’t grumble about being your guineapigs!
Christine

May 7, 2007
5:26 pm
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Okay! You are right, my friends liked cutting them in half – felt they were eating less!! I willhave to experiment the toasted thing. Thanks for your comments!
Ilana

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