Caramel Vodka Marshmallows

December 19, 2011

The holidays are making me do crazy things.

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Like putting desserts in crockpots.

Making pasta dishes in to soups.

And now I’m taking vodka minis and pouring them in to gelatin.

Someone HELP me!

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Nothing scares me more than boiling sugar. Well, that and yeast. Boiling sugar, yeast, and needles. Boiling sugar, yeast, needles, and Styx when he growls. Boiling sugar, yeast needles…ah geez! Obviously this list can get out of hand rather quickly. So let’s just stop it here and get back to the sugar.

Would you believe me if I told you I was able to fold a load of laundry while this sugar boiled? It’s true! Maybe sugar makes me more productive. E-piff-fanny!

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I tell you though. These little guys gave me quite the scare. Maybe scare is to exaggerated of a word. Concern is more like it.

I always get concerned and panicked when a recipe starts to go south. And I thought that was happening with these fluffy little guys.

My little panic attack even appeared on Facebook. Hate when I do that. Because then I feel like a dodo bird…and we know what happened to those crazies. Sigh.

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Lucky for me these white powdery pillows worked out!

I was super stocked. I mean homemade marshmallows, who knew that was even possible. Unless of course you’re Martha Stewart of the Jet Puff factory.

Good thing I don’t have any kids. Because these cannot go in your kiddy hot chocolate.

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Caramel Vodka Marshmallows
makes one 9 x 9 pan of marshmallows

3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1 caramel flavored vodka miniature

1 Smirnoff Whipped Cream flavored vodka miniature

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

2 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray and sprinkle powdered sugar over to coat (kind of like flouring a cake pan). Set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment pour both vodka minis and 3 1/2 packs of gelatin. Stir with a spoon to combine and let sit in the bowl to thicken.

In a medium pot combine sugar, syrup, salt, and water. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. Let boil for 12 minutes untouched. (you should use a candy thermometer to makes sure the mixture gets to 240 degrees F, but I didn’t have one).

After 12 minutes (or when mixture is 240 degrees F), turn off heat and gently pour it in the mixer over the gelatin with the mixer on low speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, turn the mixer to high and beat for for 6-8 minutes. It should double in size and be white and fluffy. While the mixture is whisking you can prepare your egg whites. Place egg whites in separate bowl and beat with a hand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. After marshmallows have been whisking for total time, add in the egg whites and the vanilla and beat until just combined. 

Pour marshmallow mix into the 9 x 9 pan. The marshmallows will be very sticky, so just get as much of them in to the pan as you can. Smooth out with a spatula that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Dust with powdered sugar and let marshmallows firm up for 3 hours.

Once marshmallows are firm you can use a pair of scissors to cut them in to squares. Marshmallows will keep for 1 – 2 weeks in an air tight container.

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black December 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

Whaaaat?!

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2 Steph December 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I know right?!

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3 Tina@flourtrader December 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

Boozy marshmallows-yum! They do look light and tasty. This is about the most creative thing I have seen today. Glad you posted this. Cheers to you as well as a buzz!

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4 Steph December 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Tina!

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5 The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time December 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

Where the heck are these flavored vodkas coming from??? I need to hit the liquor store more often. Man, having kids takes the fun out of life. I’m so glad these worked out because if they hadn’t, you wouldn’t have shared them with us and I’d have missed out on the most amazing marshmallows I’ve ever seen. I want.

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6 Steph December 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

From the liquor store!! That’s where LOL!! You know I had to…

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7 Lacy December 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

Wowww!! This sounds incredible! Definitely on the to do list – loving this whipped cream vodka. Awesome recipe!

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8 Janet@FCTC December 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Oh my… I could happily drink about 17 cups of hot chocolate with these in there. They sound delicious!!

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9 Steph December 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hot chocolate party?

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10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Spiked marshmallows? Brilliant!

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11 Steph December 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Gotta get the party started somehow

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12 Ramona December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Now those are the kind of marshmallows I want in my hot chocolate. :) What a great idea. :) Happy holidays to you… hope it’s the best. ~ Ramona :)

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13 Happy When Not Hungry December 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Wow these marshmallows look amazing! Great idea, Steph!

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14 RavieNomNoms December 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Well lookie at what we have here! This looks so creative and I could definitely deal with one of these being in my coffee or hot chocolate! Yummy!

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15 Victoria Lloyd October 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I loved your coment and second that coment, “Spiked Marshmallows? Brilliant!”

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