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.
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.
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!
These marshmallows have a surprisingly strong espresso flavor. They’re great served in hot chocolate, coffee, dipped in melted chocolate, or simply eaten plain.
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
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar, for dusting
Butter and line an 8×8 or 9×9 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.All images and text ©Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil
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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!
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.
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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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I love coffee (espresso powder) in brownies!
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I use a half a cup of cold black coffee when I make Hermit Cookies. They’re basically miniature fruit cakes. They have cinnamon, nutmeg, apricots, raisins, and the coffee. They’re super moist and great for people who don’t like really sweet desserts.
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Other than my morning latte? Coffee ice cream, of course!
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Coffee flavored liquor……Kahlua!
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Poured over vanilla ice cream :)
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Espresso coffee cake!!!!!!
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Espresso is an awesome flavor booster for beef and pork! It’s fantastic in the crock pot with a pork loin and fat free Raspberry Pecan salad dressing marinade! Yummmies!
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Coffee Ice Cream! or or or Espresso molten chocolate cake!
I have never made marshmallows at home but I so want to make ’em some day.. I dont know why but I am a bit scared what if they don’t turn out good? But I think I will do it now after reading your post.. I am a bit more motivated now :)
I love coffee flavors in tiramisu!
I love coffee in vegan brownies!
coffee ice cream
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I love making espresso flavored cupcakes such as a peppermint mocha cupcake or for fall, a pumpkin spice latte cupcake!
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Love those marshmallows! I like to add coffee to brownies :)
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Just love good coffee brewed with a pinch of cinnamon. So nice on a chilly Saturday or Sunday morning.
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Flavored, whole milk and one splenda please !
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Coffee ice cream!
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coffee ice cream is my all time favorite, but i’m definitely going to try your recipes! the marshmallows sound divine!
i drink a large cup of sweetened half-Nescafe instant coffee/half-milk every day because brewing coffee for one cup isn’t practical ~ the coffee capsules sound ideal!
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It’s so embarrassing but coffee enema is actually a good way to detoxify the liver
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