Book Review – Marshmallow MadnessPosted by Cupcake Kelly on Mar 20, 2012 in Book Review | 3 comments
I was so excited when Quirk sent me Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever. I already had the book on my amazon wish list for ages. I already own one marshmallow book, but it was published a few years ago. This book takes the art of marshmallows and takes it a step further.
The book takes you through the history of marshmallows, the ingredients most used in the book, the equipment needed, tips, steps and all about storage. If you’re new to making marshmallows this part is really useful.
The book is broken down into six chapters the classics, fresh and fruity, happy hour, for the mallow connoisseur, kids in a candy store and fluffy, puffy desserts.
I obviously immediately pretty much booked everything in the kids in a candy store section but in order to have a more rounded review I made sure to make something from one of the other chapters!
I really liked that the book shows you how to make fancy marshmallow shapes like you see on the cover of the book. The last chapter in the book goes into desserts that feature marshmallows like whoopie pies, cupcakes, popcorn balls and hot chocolate.
I made two recipes from the book. Plum & Honey Marshmallows from the classic chapter and Kool Aid Pop Rocks marshmallows from the candy chapter. I enjoyed both kinds but I preferred the Kool Aid marshmallows. They had a much stronger and clean flavor.
The flavor in the Honey & Plum marshmallows was much more subtle with the honey being more detectable than the fruit.
Don’t be afraid to make marshmallows! They’re not as tricky as you think. After making them about three times I feel very confident making them often!
Thanks to Quirk for my copy.