Marshmallows and spice make hot chocolate so nice… sorry, that was extremely corny.
I have to confess that I’ve given in (and given up). I can’t fight it any longer and will not wait for the cold weather to come to me; if I do, I will sadly be waiting an eternity.
The fall cravings have hit in full force, and it is a terrible thing to be living in Texas when these cravings hit. For cravings of soup and chili, hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes, one must be where the air is brisk and leaves are starting their autumnal change. NOT, in a place where you can experience summer, spring, and fall in the span of one week.
This is Texas. This is fall in Texas – not ideal, to say the least. However, since this is where I happen to live, I just have to make due. So, from inside my house, the warm wind blowing outside becomes a cool one, and the golden sunshine, which only makes for warmer temperatures, instead becomes a glow of warmth to cut through the cool wind… like I said, I have to make due. This includes food as well: as I hold my cup of hot cocoa or bowl of soup I have to try and forget the weather outside. As long as I’m inside, it’s fall.
What sort of climate do you live in? Do you live in a place where there’s four seasons, or a place with one season and the other three pop in here in there? Also, do you like your fall on the warm side or more the cool side? (< the latter for me!)
I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but I do know that no matter what, it’s time to celebrate the season with appropriate food and drink. On Monday, I posted a recipe for deliciously easy Apple Hand Pies, and now today we’re going to make marshmallows – spiced marshmallows, that is. (I must note here that in a way, this recipe is a prelude to the one I will be posting this upcoming Monday as we will be sticking with the hot chocolate theme.)
Homemade marshamllows. What I love about these little puffs of joy isn’t just the fact that they are 100 x 100 better than store bought. No, what I love most is the melt factor. You place homemade marshmallows on top of hot cocoa and before long you have the most heavenly layer of marshmallow bliss to accompany your every sip, down to the last drop. #yesplease
For these marshmallows, we are going to take a blend of spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves) to add a touch of fall goodness and to also add an instant pop of spice to your cup of hot cocoa (or any other beverage you would top with marshmallows).
While not one of the quickest things to make (not one of the slowest either, so don’t be scared off!), you won’t regret the time spent, as homemade marshmallows are absolutely worth it. And, unlike other recipes (at least other recipes made for my family), you will have them for hot beverage enjoyment for multiple days – so it’s really all worth it in the end.
The Lowdown: These luscious thick and fluffy marshmallows are flavored with a blend of spices to add instant pop to your cup of hot chocolate!
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen