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Espresso Marshmallows and a GIVEAWAY from Dolce Gusto

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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

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
pinch salt
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.

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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.

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:
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. I love putting a bag of peppermint tea in it and sweet it with chocolate syrup – YUM

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  4. With dark rich chocolate brownies! My husband also makes and excellent chocolate espresso stout.

    I already like you on FB!

  5. I love brownies with a little coffee or espresso in them — so good!

  6. I love coffee! My favorite way to enjoy it, other than drinking it, is mocha chip ice cream… yum!

  7. I enjoy having ice cream with espresso and chocolate in it!

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  9. Favorite way to enjoy coffee is with my husband. Getting to share a mocha together is a nice way to reconnect. Second favorite way is in Mocha Brownies. This was made for me at my bridal shower some years ago and are so, so, yummy.

  10. I love enjoying coffee with my husband in the early morning before our kids are up for the day! :)

  11. I love drinking a good cup of coffee with a piece of toast & jam and a good book.

  12. i’m with you–coffee ice cream please! either homemade or the starbucks variety!

  13. I love coffee and chocolate! Espresso chocolate brownies! Yum! My all time favorite though is Tiramisu!

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  15. I’m following you on Twitter:)

  16. I love coffee ice cream!

  17. It must be more then the name we have in common cause coffee has the SAME effect on me! While I love the taste, even a cup of decaf will have me running full steam ahead for half the day!

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is with a sprinkle of cinnamon mixed in with freshly ground beans, topped off with a dash of vanilla, a good glug of half and half and 1 packet of truvia…YUM!

  18. I really enjoy adding coffee flavors to my chocolate baked goods – brownies and cookies especially. I think it adds a depth of flavor like nothing else can, and it’s just so gosh darn good!

  19. I also like you on Facebook!

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  21. And I also follow you on Twitter :)

  22. I like to add coffee to brownies – chocolate and coffee are perfect together.

  23. My favorite way to enjoy coffee is from the french press and while reading blogs in the morning. A great start to the day :)

  24. I love dark chocolate covered espresso beans, however, while an undergrad, my mornings almost always started with instant coffee sprinkled in the soymilk I poured on my bran cereal. It was delicious.

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  26. I love to have coffee flavored ice cream!

  27. I now like your FB page!

  28. love me some coffee icecream! yum

  29. Oh, and I follow you on twitter!

  30. I love my coffee nice and strong with some homemade flavored creamer and just a tad of sweetness–yum!

    Also love when I get lattes at a lovely cafe and they make designs with the milk–genius!

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  33. Flavoring my ice cream, thank you very much. (These popsicles look like a fun thing to try though too :)

  34. I love coffee cake!

  35. I already like on FB!

  36. half a teaspoon of organic honey, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of crema…cafe mexicana!

  37. I love my coffee with a little bit of creamer and 2 sugars. perfect.

  38. My favorite way to enjoy coffee other than drinking it has to be chocolate espresso cheesecake. Oh, soooo good!

  39. I like you on facebook.

  40. My favorite way to enjoy coffee is in brownies or tiramisu—-so perfect!

  41. in brownies (instant coffee)! makes mocha deliciousness!

  42. I drink coffee all day long and find fun and tasty ways to incorporate it into other recipes. So, my favorite way to enjoy coffee, other than drinking it, is to put a tablespoon or so of fresh or instant grounds into a pot of chili. Yum!!!! The flavor is subtle, yet adds a nice boldness.

  43. Coffee in chocolate cake – brings out the chocolate flavor… and coffee ice cream…and a hot mocha to drink…and the list goes on!

  44. Mocha chip ice cream!

  45. I add coffee to anything chocolate that I bake, especially brownies. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  46. I follow you and tweeted about the contest

  47. i like coffee cream pie:)

  48. Mmm! I love adding instant espresso powder to chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream frosting and brownies. It adds that extra something without being overpowering. I just sold my Jura Capresso espresso machine (too big and fancy) so this cute little coffee maker would be wonderful. I “like” you on Facebook too!

  49. I follow you on Facebook!

  50. My absolutely favorite coffee involving dish just be chocolate covered coffee beans. If it has to involve brewed coffee, then coffee ice cream.

  51. Well I LOVE coffee in anything but I had the most incredible espresso cinnamon rolls one year for Christmas morning breakfast at my daughter’s house and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since.

    Perfect :)

  52. I love to make Tiramisu cupcakes..mmmm yum!

  53. I love to enjoy coffee in ultra-dark chocolate cake, as many other posters said, but also in my mother’s recipe for Death by Chocolate.

  54. I love to use coffee in any chocolate cake or cookie good!

  55. I like coffee on my cereal!

  56. I love dark chocolate covered beans, and of course espresso ice cream!

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  58. I love to mix some expresso into my Nutella Fudge that I make… yummy –

  59. My favorite way to enjoy coffee is in the morning with coffee cookies.

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  61. Love cappuccino brownies!

  62. I’m one of your facebook fans! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

  63. I love coffee ice cream, but I also love hot coffee with a scoop of flavored ice cream (praline is a winner combo!)!

  64. with ritz crackers to dip in it!

  65. Definitely ice cream!

  66. I love coffee early in the morning with bacon.

  67. I like you on facebook

  68. Thank you for the awesome recipe; the marshmallows are easy to make and taste delicious! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  69. I love munching on chocolate covered espresso beans

  70. I like coffee in certain cookies, as long as they don’t have a strong coffee taste!

  71. New fan on facebook!

  72. in cake cookies… homemade truffles Heaven
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  73. I love coffee ice cream.

  74. I like to add coffee to my brownie recipe. It really enhances the chocolate flavor.

  75. I’m a follower and I tweeted the giveaway.

  76. I enjoy my coffee with a tiny bit of sugar and enough cream so you can juuuust start see it changing color. French Vanilla cream, even better!

  77. (oh and i follow you on twitter) and i already like you on facebook.

  78. I love homemade coffee ice cream with this homemade chocolate sauce recipe passed down from through the mother’s on my mom’s side from as far back as we can remember. It is the perfect curl up on the couch dessert.

  79. My favorite would be in ice cream, although a strong cup in a chocolate cake is divine.

  80. I love putting some coffee in chocolate desserts and Tiramisu!

  81. I love to make a rich vegan chocolate cake with a vegan coffee buttercream frosting. Coffee buttercream is my absolute favorite frosting!

  82. My favorite way to enjoy coffee is right after dinner. Nothing like a Nescafe coffee with dessert.

  83. I love my coffee with cream and sugar, a little whip cream on top sprinkled with cinammon and sugar in top! Love, love me some coffee!! I stop my mom and dad’s for coffee each week that is our special time together.

  84. Mmm, coffee ice cream is always tasty.

  85. Coffee ice cream is a favorite of mine!

  86. Several years ago I was struck with a little inspiration when I was cleaning up while making a chocolate silk pie. Rather than toss the last of my morning pot of coffee I decided to add it to the meringue for what’s become my mocha silk pie.

  87. Beyond drinking it, I love the aroma of a good coffee! Holding a mug between your hands on a crisp morning, closing your eyes and just inhaling the aroma. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

  88. I love to drink coffee any way that it is fixed, but I also LOVE baking with it, and making homemade coffee ice cream. YUUUUMY!!!!!

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