21 November 2011

The Gourmet S'more Review!


With friendly folks cookin' up all sorts of sweet goodness for upcoming festivites, I thought this was the perfect time to share my full post on one of my favorite recipes.

GOURMET S'MORES!!!

During the holidays, I spend more time in my li'l shop than in the kitchen…stirring up things like this:

I threw this together with bits and pieces from my kitchen.

So when Bethany of Happy Homemaker Me was so sweet to ask me to do a little Christmas baking guest post for her blog, I had to stop and think of something fun & easy to do.  

And then it came to me.

I'd make a couple of treats that I created a few years ago...

{Red band platter ~ Vintage, Cup/saucer ~ Wedgwood "Patrician"}

In The Little Red Shop, I carry vintage goodies and pretty new things for home & baby, and seasonal gourmet treats.  I used to carry something my wee friend Emily likes to call...

"Goodness of Happiness!"
aka
White Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows


But guess what!

The company does not sell them anymore.

So, I thought it was about time to dip the marshmallows...myself, and let you in on the secrets behind my...

Goodness of Happiness S'mores & Fun Milk!

Fun milk came to be one Christmas Eve, when my sister-in-law wanted her li'l kiddos to have milk with dinner.  All I had was the non-fat version, so I poured a couple of short cool ironstone mugs full of milk and topped 'em off with swirly mounds of whipping cream!  "Fun Milk" was born!

Now, onto the s'mores...


For my first batch, I mix several broken squares of White Chocolate Vanilla Bean bar with a small handful of Premium "White Classic" Chocolate Baking Chips in a vintage milk glass pyrex gravy boat.

I absolutely love using milk glass for baking prep!

I then...

(STIRRING AT 20 SECOND INTERVALS)
Microwaved on "melt" for approximately one minute.

Carefully removed the dish from the microwave and stirred the white chocolate until all of the pieces melted.

Then using a wooden skewer, I stabbed one marshmallow at a time and dipped/rolled it into the melted chocolate.  I used the edge of another skewer to smooth the sides & to remove the excess chocolate. 

(Isn't "excess chocolate" an oxi-moron?)  

Just keep dipping marshmallows whilst the chocolate lasts!  The nice thing about making them like this...is you can do itty bitty bits at a time and not be overwhelmed by a huge bowl o' chocolate which does not want to stay melted.

I placed each fresh Goodness of Happiness Marshmallow on a piece of wax paper...on that li'l vintage platter to cool.

Too cool...and much easier than I thought it would be!

Cooling ~ {it doesn't take long in my chilly kitchen} I popped them in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to speed up the chocolate setting.

This is not my fridge.


On a microwave-safe dish, I placed:

 One Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Thin Cookie)

One Homemade Goodness of Happiness Marshmallow

&

Microwaved on "High" for just a few seconds
(or until the marshmallow expands enough to cover the cookie)

Carefully remove from microwave, place on a pretty plate, and top with another pepparkakor!

Mmmm....
I have a confession to make.

I didn't just settle for

WHITE CHOCOLATE GOODNESS OF HAPPINESS S'MORES
FUN MILK


I made peppermint fun milk & chocolate chocolate-dipped marshmallows too!
(I used nonfat milk with peppermint whipping cream and semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of white chocolate)


What's better than Deep Dark Chocolate Goodness of Happiness?


Gooey Deep Dark Chocolate Goodness of Happiness S'mores dipped in frothy Peppermint Fun Milk!!!

Please, try this at home!


Goodness of Happiness S'mores Fixings make a lovely gift!  

Thank you so much for inspiring me to share, Bethany!


May God bless you and your loved ones throughout the Holidays!

: )

Julie M.

Please visit Just a Girl for more Handmade Holiday Goodness!!


ps The main model marshmallow in this post was from my second batch, for which I used ONLY the classic white chocolate baking chips.  The vanilla bean chocolate has a smokier flavor and will give you a more speckled looking treat.

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