Love and Olive Oil - Eat to Live. Cook to Love.

Espresso Marshmallows and a GIVEAWAY from Dolce Gusto

Espresso Marshmallows Recipe

Me and coffee. It’s a love hate relationship. On one hand, I love coffee flavor, preferably when mixed with copious amounts of cream and sugar. A punch of espresso brings life to dark chocolate. Coffee ice cream, well, if it weren’t so cold I would bathe in it.

On the other hand, more than a few sips of highly caffeinated anything and I turn into a shaky, jittery mess. Call it low blood pressure or what have you, caffeine and I are not friends.

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake and Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

But that doesn’t stop me from indulging in a (small) cup every now and then when I’m feeling extra droopy. So while, no, I wouldn’t call myself an avid coffee drinker, the repressed coffee-fiend in me just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to develop four exclusive recipes for Nescafé Dolce Gusto.

The Dolce Gusto line is fairly new to the market, competing with household names like Keurig and Krups. Granted I’ve never used those other machines, but the ease of use and flavor possibilities of the Dulce Gusto products are pretty impressive. Not to mention that their Piccolo machine (and be sure to click through/scroll down for an opportunity to win one!) is nice and compact. When your counter space is scarce, having a small footprint is crucial. So yay for that. Taylor would also like to add that he loves the virtually instant cleanup. Just toss the used capsule and you’re done. From someone who spends a good 20 minutes each day rinsing and refilling his brew machine and coffee grinder, that’s a big deal. No, he won’t be switching to pods entirely, drinking 2-3 cups a day it’s just not economical, but he could definitely appreciate its benefits.

Tiramisu Shooters Recipe

I created and photographed four recipes, to be promoted and displayed on the Dolce Gusto Facebook page throughout the month of December. If you go there, you’ll see the recipes for Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake, Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles, and the Espresso Marshmallows currently featured. And stay tuned, because next week might be my favorite of the lot: Tiramisu Shooters (pictured above). All the deliciousness of tiramisu in a precious little package. Zing!

Espresso Marshmallows

Yield: 18 marshmallows

These marshmallows have a surprisingly strong espresso flavor. They're great served in hot chocolate, coffee, dipped in melted chocolate, or simply eaten plain.

Ingredients:

2 packets unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup cold water, divided
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Butter and line an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper. Generously butter parchment, then dust with powdered sugar, making sure the sides are corners are coated.

Dissolve espresso powder in 1/3 cup water and place in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle gelatin over water. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to soften.

In a heavy saucepan, combine remaining 1/4 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir over medium heat until dissolved. Bring to a boil, then cover for 2 minutes. Remove cover and boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 238ºF, about 7 to 8 minutes.

Fit mixer with the whisk attachment, and turn mixer to low. Very carefully pour hot sugar mixture down the inside of the bowl into the gelatin, taking care not to splatter.

Increase mixer speed to medium high, and beat for 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick and glossy and lukewarm to the touch. Beat in vanilla and pour into prepared pan (the mixture is extremely sticky at this point, so don’t worry if you can’t get it all out of the bowl). Let sit, uncovered, for at least 3 hours or until set. Remove from baking pan and cut into squares. Dust liberally with powdered sugar so the squares don’t stick together. Marshmallows will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Developed for Nescafé Dulce Gusto.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Titanium Piccolo Coffee Machine

Seeing that Christmas is only a few days away, I figured another giveaway would be appropriate. I hope you agree. :) Nescafé has offered up one Titanium Piccolo Coffee/Espresso machine, plus an assortment of capsules for you to try. Even if you’re not a big coffee drinker, this is still something you can appreciate and enjoy.

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congrats to Erin, comment #93, randomly selected as the winner of this giveaway!

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite way to enjoy coffee (other than drinking it)?

Entries open through Wednesday, December 28th at 11:59 CST. I’ll be selecting the winner via random number generator on the morning of Thursday, December 29th. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Nescafé. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
Zing! I just entered to win a Piccolo coffee/espresso machine from @loveandoliveoil and @DolceGustoUS! Enter here: http://bit.ly/ubValV
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

The fine print: Giveaway brought to you by Nescafé Dolce Gusto. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. I was paid to develop 4 unique recipes for Nescafé, and was provided with an identical coffee maker and samples; however I was not required to post anything and all opinions written are entirely my own.

Share this Post:

You may also like...

335 CommentsLeave a Comment →

1 2 3 4
  1. 1
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    yum yum yum! I love homemade marshmallows and all the fun flavors that can be done with them, these will be amazing in hot cocoa!

    Reply

  2. 2
    maureen
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I make a Kahlua coffee cake at times and I also make tiramisu and the brownies that are from Ina Garten and the Barefoot Contessa books all have coffee in them.

    Reply

  3. 3
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    In chocolate cake, of course!

    Reply

  4. 4
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway

    Reply

  5. 5
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I like you on facebook. :)

    Reply

  6. 6
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    i love frozen coffee desserts. the Jeni’s black coffee ice cream is about the best i’ve ever had. also love a good coffee granita.

    Reply

  7. 7
    Anne
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Coffee ice cream is the best. I think I started having it when I was a kid just so I could try coffee – even though I wasn’t technically supposed to have a coffee. Kids love loop holes.

    Reply

  8. 8
    Ken G.
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Coffee ice cream has been my favorite since I was a kid, but Coffee Nips are a close second.

    Reply

  9. 9
    Sam H
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    mmmmm I make these bomb white chocolate espresso cookies every year for Fathers Day that my dad LOVES. Yum yum yum!

    Reply

  10. 10
    Deborah Tabor
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I love coffee in one of my cookie recipes. They’re absolutely delicious!!

    Reply

  11. 11
    Deborah Tabor
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I “like” you on facebook <3

    Reply

  12. 12
    Meghan
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Um. I’m not convinced there is anything better than drinking coffee. Best drink ever is a latte with Vanilla, Caramel, and Cinnamon. So good.

    When not drinking it, I tend to do normal things, like put it in chocolate cake…or brownies. Nom.

    Reply

  13. 13
    Meghan
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I also am a facebook follower.

    Reply

  14. 14
    Janell Beilman
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coffee ice cream!!

    Reply

  15. 15
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I LOVE coffee in desserts like creme brulee or tiramisu or cookies!

    Reply

  16. 16
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m already a fan of your on Facebook

    Reply

  17. 17
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I tweeted! I’d love to win this for my parents – then they could stop trying to steal mine! : )

    Reply

  18. 18
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I have a great recipe for kahlua cookies that calls for coffee.

    Reply

  19. 19
    Teresa F
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Here lately I have been enjoying a Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks as I shop at Super Target at 8am when they open. It is quite relaxing. Thank you.

    Reply

  20. 20
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Followed and tweeted!

    Reply

  21. 21
    Teresa F
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I now follow you on Twitter as @Fowler6 and I tweeted. Thank you

    Reply

  22. 22
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I adore those espresso marshmallows! I’ll have to make those asap. Love myself some affogato.

    Reply

  23. 23
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    facebook LOVE

    Reply

  24. 24
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    and a tweet tweet

    Reply

  25. 25
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    i like to enjoy my coffee with my fiance!

    Reply

  26. 26
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    i like you on FB

    Reply

  27. 27
    Natalie J Vandenberghe
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love coffee ice cream, mocha candies from See’s, and I also like to freeze coffee in an ice-cube tray to put in Cream Soda–it’s delicious!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Reply

  28. 28
    Patricia
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love it in any dessert.

    Reply

  29. 29
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    fave way to enjoy coffee OTHER than drinking it is to make coffee ice cubes with my leftover coffee and that way my iced coffee the next day isnt watered down.

    GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY in this post!

    Reply

  30. 30
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I FB like you

    Reply

  31. 31
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    and tweeted about giveaway! (@thinktran)

    Reply

  32. 32
    Debby G.
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    In tiramisu!

    Reply

  33. 33
    margie/mom
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I love coffee combined with dark chocolate = mocha and then made into ice cream, cake, cookies, fudge, truffles, just about anything! And yes, I would love to win one of these small coffee makers as I am hooked on my morning single cup of coffee.

    Reply

  34. 34
    Ali
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Mocha cupcakes,yum!!!

    I tweeted also :)

    Reply

  35. 35
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Gosh, how DON’T I enjoy coffee?
    I always throw a little coffee (whether brewed regular coffee or instant granules) into my brownies. A little bit in chili is also great!

    Reply

  36. 36
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I love adding instant coffee to melted chocolate OR a chocolate cake batter for added umph!

    Reply

  37. 37
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I tweeted- @AlmostVeganChef

    Reply

  38. 38
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Already a fan on Facebook! :)

    Reply

  39. 39
    Buccinator
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I love to use coffee in icing for brownies!

    Reply

  40. 40
    Dale
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Coffee Brownies.

    Reply

  41. 41
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I like you on FB too!

    Reply

  42. 42
    Maria
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    As a flavor enhancer for chocolate. Coffee makes chocolate taste chocolatier (it’s like powdered mustard and cheddar cheese)!

    Reply

  43. 43
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Instant coffee in brownies!

    Reply

  44. 44
    Maria
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Already a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  45. 45
    Maria
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I tweeted! @mputzer

    Reply

  46. 46
    Sheri Siegel
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I love adding coffee to different desserts whether is ice cream, cake, brownies or cookies!

    Reply

  47. 47
    Helen
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I tweeted and omg I’m such a hardcore coffee drinker. I hope I win this giveaway!

    Reply

  48. 48
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    You are such a badass.

    OH, but: I love it in ice cream and in MY MOUTH.

    Reply

  49. 49
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    In cooking, I enjoy coffee by adding it to boiling water with chunks of pork belly. The coffee eliminates any pork smell it may have and truly makes the pork more tender. We slice the cooked pork belly and enjoy it with some spicy dip or teriyaki sauce. & of course, just in case you feel a little bloated with the pork belly… enjoy a cup of joe!

    Reply

  50. 50
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    FOLLOWing love and olive oil on twitter! Tweeted the giveaway as well~

    Reply

  51. 51
    sydney
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love drinking mocha latte with whipped cream drizzled with choclate

    Reply

  52. 52
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    LIKEing love and olive oil on facebook!

    Reply

  53. 53
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I love to bake with it! Cookies, cakes, brownies…… or even make it with ice cream And chunks of chocolate!.. Im in the process of getting everything I need for lady fingers dipped in coffe, layered on different flavors of ice creams with maby some caramel and choc/coffee drizzles :)….. I do ALOT with coffee…. Thank you for the giveaway :) <3 Happy Holidays <3

    Reply

  54. 54
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I like my coffee black, strong and with a touch of raw sugar.

    Reply

  55. 55
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I tweeted and follow you as well!

    Reply

  56. 56
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I like you on FB

    Reply

  57. 57
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’m following you on twitter and I retweeted :) plaematebunne08…

    Reply

  58. 58
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I liked you on Fb! Kaykay hgr

    Reply

  59. 59
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! …. My email is Kara.rendon@yahoo.com… Or the one I registered the comment with! Thank you!

    Reply

  60. 60
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I love espresso in my brownies!

    Reply

  61. 61
    Jennifer F
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Other than drinking coffee, I love it in cakes, cupcakes and brownies, and ice cream and candy. Ok, so I pretty much enjoy coffee in ANY form!

    Reply

  62. 62
    Jennifer F
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I like you on FaceBook.

    Reply

  63. 63
    Heather Hicks
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I love coffee ice cream, especially with dark chocolate chunks.

    Reply

  64. 64
    amanda @ fake ginger
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I love to put coffee in brownies!

    Reply

  65. 65
    amanda @ fake ginger
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I like you on fb

    Reply

  66. 66
    Erin R in Oregon
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    mmmm… I can’t think of many ways I DON’T enjoy coffee – I love coffee! I really like coffee nips, and cookies and cake that have a coffee kick are delicious! and a little reduced coffee added to my slow-cooker chili! Oh and I already like you on facebook too, but I’ll post there also :-)

    Reply

  67. 67
    Radhika
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I love the flavor in coffee cake!!

    Reply

  68. 68
    Kelly D
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love putting a little bit of coffee in desserts like brownies to give them an extra kick! Merry Christmas!

    Reply

  69. 69
    Radhika
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve liked you on Facebook too!

    Reply

  70. 70
    Natalie J Vandenberghe
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I like you on Facebook

    Reply

  71. 71
    Liz
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Tiramisu! And I like you on facebook!

    Reply

  72. 72
    liz anderson
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    We make “cheater” cookies from cake mixes, and give them a flavor boost with coffee in place of the water. I’ll also use a touch to flavor the ganache/icing for the cookies if we’re feeling a little fancy.

    Reply

  73. 73
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Tirimisu, for sure! These photos are absolutely gorgeous, Lindsay!

    Reply

  74. 74
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love, love, love coffee ice cream. Preferably with little chips of dark chocolate in it!

    Reply

  75. 75
    Pam clark
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Coffee is my life, I love to eat chocolate pot du creme made with expresso. Also Tiramisu with expresso. Anything with coffee in it is heavenly

    Reply

  76. 76
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    mmmm tiramisu (: i love coffee with a macaroon !

    Reply

  77. 77
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  78. 78
    Carolyn g
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Definitely with sugar and cream

    Reply

  79. 79
    Carolyn g
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    follow on facebook: carolyn gonzalez

    Reply

  80. 80
    Marie
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    My favorite recipe with coffee involved is the tiramisu cake you posted. I have made it twice and it is so amazing!

    Reply

  81. 81
    Marie
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I also like you on facebook!

    Reply

  82. 82
    Chris
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I have to say holding a hot cup of coffee on a freezing cold day here in Colorado is incentive enough to buy/make some. It’s a hand warmer that you can dispose of and enjoy while doing so! Mocha is the way to go ;)

    https://twitter.com/#!/RockyMtnChris09/status/149664688651767810

    Reply

  83. 83
    Ashlee
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Fav way to enjoy coffee: in tiramisu! So delicious :)

    Reply

  84. 84
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! I too made marshmallows recently (over the weekend), and from the two boxes of gelatin I have left that I stole from Kroger (yeah, umm.. that was an accident, I did not mean to steal), I have exactly 2 packets left! My usual recipe requires more packets than that, so I wasn’t sure what I’d be doing with my leftover packets. And, I gave most of my marshmallow away, so I was craving more! Now I can make these!

    Ok, giveaway, my favorite way to enjoy coffee other than drinking it, is smelling it! I love the smell of coffee.

    Reply

  85. 85
    Laura
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I love tiramisu!! And not just any tiramisu…I am a bit of a snob about it, so it needs to be the real homemade stuff :)

    Reply

  86. 86
    Laura
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I like you on Facebook already too!

    Reply

  87. 87
    Michelle
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love coffee ice-cream – especially coffee oreo!

    Reply

  88. 88
    Sarah Desilets Littlefieldk
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love Coffee Cake ;)

    Reply

  89. 89
    Ellen
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love pouring espresso over vanilla ice cream and coffee ice cream

    Reply

  90. 90
    Sarah Desilets Littlefieldk
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I have like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook :)

    Reply

  91. 91
    Dorothea
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Of course, my first love is drinking it, but I also enjoy using it in my chocolate brownies – it really does deepen the chocolate flavor!

    Reply

  92. 92
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Already a FB fan!

    Reply

  93. 93
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm
  94. 94
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I like you on FB! :D

    Reply

  95. 95
    Carmen
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    In any chocolate dessert coffee enhances. And I also love jamocha almond fudge ice cream.

    Reply

  96. 96
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Chocolate — brownies, cakes — great on their own, even better with coffee added.

    Reply

  97. 97
    billiejean
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is with CHOCOLATE! As we speak, I have some Endangered Species brand in my kitchen, Dark chocolate with crushed espresso beans! YUM

    Reply

  98. 98
    billiejean
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Follow you on Twitter @billiejeanie327 And TWEETED!

    Reply

  99. 99
    billiejean
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Like you on FaceBook!

    Reply

  100. 100
    Janet
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I make an apricot cookie that has espresso powder in it. Once I could not find espresso powder so I soaked some ground coffee beans, strained it, and used the liquid instead of vanilla extract – it worked great!

    Reply

1 2 3 4

Leave a Comment