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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.

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  1. 301
    Lyn
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Have Liked Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

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  2. 302
    yvonne Hopkins
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I am already a fan . I love coffee. I sometimes add it to cholate cake when I make it from scratch.

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  3. 303
    Jennifer Ivy
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Awesome! I put coffee in practically all my chocolate baked goods, it adds such a great depth of flavor! Yum yum!

    Reply

  4. 304
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is on the couch watching the morning news.

    Reply

  5. 305
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m a Facebook fan.

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  6. 306
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is adding it to chocolate cake instead of boiling water. Adds a little extra flavor :)

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  7. 307
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

    And I follow you on facebook :)

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  8. 308
    Danielle Calkins
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Besides drinking coffee, I love using the beans in votive candle holders. The aroma is fantastic!

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  9. 309
    Ashley
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I love to put my coffee with a nice coffeee crumb cake. I had this for Christmas and it made the holidays very special :)

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  10. 310
    Danielle Calkins
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook and follow you on Twitter! Adorable website.

    Reply

  11. 311
    Shari Prag
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

    What is your favorite way to enjoy coffee (other than drinking it)? I love to use it in Pulled Pork! http://www.folgers.com/coffee-entree-recipes/coffee-infused-souther-style-pulled-pork.aspx Yumm-O!

    Reply

  12. 312
    Shari Prag
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    And I am a fan on Facebook and follow both on Twitter @queenshari Danielle Calkins sent me to this contest!

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  13. 313
    emily w. young
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love coffee any way i can get it!! most of all with coffee ice cream in mudpie. I like you on facebook!! A LOT!!!!!

    Reply

  14. 314
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    hmmm, other than drinking. I have used it in frosting, I love coffee ice cream, oh and chocolate covered beans, mmmmm. the marshmallows look awesome!

    Reply

  15. 315
    Janice Ziegler
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    With a quiet space and a book.

    Reply

  16. 316
    Deirdre
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy the coffee flavor is in coffee ice cream! My favorite!

    Reply

  17. 317
    Deirdre
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m already a fan on facebook as well!

    Reply

  18. 318
    Denise P.
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love coffee just as it is! I’ll use it any way I can though! :)

    Denise P

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  19. 319
    Denise P.
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted this giveaway!

    @bittersweetmess

    Denise P

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  20. 320
    Denise P.
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I am a fan of you on facebook!

    Denise P.

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  21. 321
    Pedro N.
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love coffee macarons!

    Pedro N.

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  22. 322
    heather key
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I love frozen coffee! A little coffee, chocolate ice cream, and whip cream, yummy!!

    Reply

  23. 323
    Monica Bruno
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Love it over ice cream!!!
    Follow you on facebook too :)

    Reply

  24. 324
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I love drinking vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso aka affogato!

    I also liked you on fb & tweeted ;)

    Reply

  25. 325
    Wanda M
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I enjoy coffee in Tiramisu or made into an espresso syrup to drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

    Reply

  26. 326
    Wanda M
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Follow you on twitter (@myfolly) & tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/myfolly/status/152125166682517505

    Reply

  27. 327
    Wanda M
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Like you on Facebook (Wanda McHenry)

    Reply

  28. 328
    Danielle
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Coffee & Chocolate! Hands down, the best way I’ve ever had coffee is a Chocolate Espresso Cake! Creamy chocolate with bitter bite of espresso is a heavenly combination :)

    Reply

  29. 329
    Tiffany
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Mexican Mocha! PERFECT blend of coffee with creamy spicy mexican chocolate!!! YUUUMMMMM!!!!!!!

    Reply

  30. 330
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee other than drinking it would have to be my Mocha Madness Cookies!

    Reply

  31. 331
    Natalia
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    This is going to sound crazy, but about once a year, I pour cold coffee on my hair as a natural way to keep it dark. I also enjoy coffee in brownies :)

    Reply

  32. 332
    Natalia
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I also like you on Facebook :)

    Reply

  33. 333
    JoAnn
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I love coffee in my icing for chocolate cake and also in brownies. Would love an espresso maker!!

    Reply

  34. 334
    Posted On December 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love adding expresso to my chocolate fudge just a perfect pairing!

    Reply

  35. 335
    Charlotte Wong Hau Yin
    Posted On August 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

    May I know how many gram is two packs of gelatin?

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