Posts Tagged With: Marshmallow

242/365: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Are you in the mood for s’more marshmallows? Today’s  your lucky day! August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

We recently celebrated National S’mores Day, and actually did so without ever toasting a marshmallow. I guess this is payback for taking the easy way out, huh? Though in our defense it was late, had been a long day, and we’d just returned from a food festival in downtown Portland. We weren’t really in the mood to go all out and toast our own marshmallows. This time, we have no choice, as toasting is a prerequisite for the holiday. It’s right there in the name and everything.IMAG1393

Contrary to the name, we didn’t want some more S’mores. The other day, Tara mentioned craving Rice Krispie Treats. That’s when inspiration hit: could we make toasted marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats?! According to the internet, the answer was a resounding yes. Yes, we could. So we found a recipe and did just that.

We’ve got guests visiting from Sacramento this weekend, too. Lucky them – they’ll be privy to our food holidays for the next three days. The toasted marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats were a hit, so we’re off to a good start!

Here’s the recipe:

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

How to Make

  1. Grease a 9×9 pan lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In small saucepan over medium-low heat melt butter. Continue cooking butter, swirling pan until it becomes a nice brown color (this will take about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Transfer browned butter into a large bowl or pot where you will be able to easily stir your Rice Krispie Treats together, and set aside.
  3. Turn oven onto broil.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread your marshmallows onto lined baking sheet.
  5. Place under broiler for 45 seconds to 1 minute until marshmallows are puffed and deeply golden. Watch them closely because they will burn quickly.
  6. Using a rubber spatula lightly greased with cooking spray, immediately scrape marshmallows into bowl with butter. Stir to combine quickly. Pour Rice Krispies into toasted marshmallow mix and stir to combine.
  7. Press evenly into the prepared pan.
  8. Allow to cool before cutting into squares and serving.

Notes

Store airtight for up to 2 days.

They were fantastic!

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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222/365: National S’mores Day*

Bet you can’t eat just one: today’s food holiday is dedicated to all those who want some more. Some more toasted marshmallows, that is. With graham crackers and milk chocolate. August 10 is National S’mores Day!

It’s also National Banana Split Day. Since we’ve had a lot of ice cream themed food holidays, but very few marshmallow ones, this decision was a no-brainer. Plus, when we went camping last month, I said, “Too bad there isn’t a National S’mores Day. That would be perfect.” Ha. Little did I know! It’s like a genie came along and granted my wish (while ignoring my other for a billion dollars, the bastard).

This classic campfire treat dates back to the early 1920s, and is closely associated with camping because all three ingredients are easy to transport and don’t spoil. They are often associated with the Girl Scouts, who didn’t invent the treat, but did publish the first recipe in their 1927 handbook, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. I assume “tramping” had a different, less-derogatory connotation back then. The sweet confections were so popular, people were constantly asking for “some more”…and the name stuck, much like marshmallows to the roof of your mouth.

Speaking of, marshmallows date back some 4000 years, originating from the mallow plant in Egypt. Sap was extracted from the plant, sweetened with honey, and used as a medicinal substance to treat sore throats. Later it was whipped with egg whites, mixed with sugar, and coated with cornstarch to form the modern-day marshmallow.

Graham crackers were invented by Sylvester Graham, a reverend and proponent of American dietary reform, in 1829. The man, who was anti-meat, anti-tobacco, anti-alcohol, and anti-sex  (which all translates to anti-FUN), believed that a vegetarian diet would help curb alcoholism and sexual urges. He set out to create a high-fiber vegetarian alternative to a cookie, and used whole, unrefined wheat flour to make his namesake cracker. Graham was often ridiculed and was actually assaulted on the street more than once because of his radical views, but his invention lives on.

You can probably recite the history of chocolate in your sleep, as many times as I’ve written about it here.

This challenge would have been perfect a few weeks ago, when we went camping. We actually had s’mores that night, too. But alas, we were stuck at home, and had to improvise. We actually turned to the microwave to make s’mores. Turns out it’s simple! And while nothing beats a s’more cooked over a campfire, this was a pretty good substitute. All that’s missing was the crispy, blackened char on the outside of the marshmallow.

National S'mores Day

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33/365: National Heavenly Hash Day

Today is one of the odder food holidays we’ll be celebrating, because there seems to be no general consensus over what, exactly, “heavenly hash” is. It’s described as a sweet confection containing marshmallows, and can refer to candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, rice pudding, or ambrosia. I even came across a recipe for a heavenly hash martini. So, I guess, pretty much anything involving marshmallows and fruit, then?

At least it’s not Groundhog Day. I mean, it is Groundhog Day, but at least we don’t have to eat groundhog. Although that would be a lot simpler, and it probably tastes like chicken anyway.

So much confusion reigns that one intrepid blogger contacted several ice cream companies to ask them the difference between Heavenly Hash and Rocky Road (which Wikipedia claims are basically the same thing). The responses are amusing (and still somewhat inconclusive). Rocky Road is a mixture of chocolate ice cream, mini marshmallows, and almonds, while Heavenly Hash is a mixture of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, mini marshmallows, and nuts. Since both Edy’s (Dreyer’s on the west coast) and Ben & Jerry’s agree – and because we’re both slightly hung over and thinking too hard hurts – we’re keeping it simple. We bought a pint of Rocky Road, and we still have leftover vanilla ice cream from our Peach Melba challenge last month. We just mixed the two together and created our own Heavenly Hash. If by definition that’s good enough for the Ice Cream Conglomerates, then it’s good enough for us!

I don’t even have a history on Heavenly Hash (though Rocky Road was created during the Great Depression and its name was meant to make people smile. “We’ve got a rocky road ahead of us.” Ha-ha, yeah, that’s a hoot. Said people jumping to their deaths from tall buildings after losing their life savings in the stock market crash). I guess in that regard, Heavenly Hash is an appropriate name, too…

Heavenly Hash

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