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Espresso Marshmallows

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.

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.

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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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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 making espresso flavored cupcakes such as a peppermint mocha cupcake or for fall, a pumpkin spice latte cupcake!

  2. I love coffee this season because I add eggnog intead of cream, my favorite!!

  3. Hot coffee drizzled over vanilla ice cream – add a crackling fire and my sweetie and I’m all set for the holidays!

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  5. Love those marshmallows! I like to add coffee to brownies :)

  6. I’m a Rhode Island girl, and as our state drink is coffee milk (picture chocolate milk but with coffee syrup instead), I’d have to say that’s my favorite way to enjoy coffee when not partaking in a regular old cup.

  7. I’m a fan on Facebook too!

  8. Just love good coffee brewed with a pinch of cinnamon. So nice on a chilly Saturday or Sunday morning.

  9. I like my expresso with honey and cinnamon.

  10. Coffee makes a fantastic rub for pork tenderloin or a delicious glaze over any flavor ice cream or even bread pudding :)

  11. I’m a fan on facebook!

  12. Flavored, whole milk and one splenda please !

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  14. I love coffee in ice cream :) cold coffee that is :)

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  16. Coffee Ice Cream has always been my favorite!

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  19. I love drinking coffee with biscotti and cookies! :) Also, I love the coffee iced with skim milk and sugar.

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  21. I love coffee ice cream! (I love anything with coffee really, I love coffee. Period.) :)

  22. I use coffee to enhance chocolate flavor in almost anything. Besides using it as a drink, I use the used coffee granules as a face scrub with olive oil. Whatever I don’t use is added to compost. Love that coffee!

  23. I grew up with my mom making chicken with a coffee sauce… it’s always been a favorite!

  24. I love coffee so much that when I find a new brand of beans, I squeeze the sack to release the smell for a few day until it makes me whoosy!

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  26. I’m already a Facebook fan!

  27. Coffee ice cream!

  28. I love coffee beans (chocolate covered espresso beans of course)! That marshmallow recipe looks yummy – I may be making these for Christmas :)

  29. 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!

    thanks for a chance at the giveaway and i wish you the happiest of holidays! i hope 2012 is a fabulous year for you!

  30. It’s so embarrassing but coffee enema is actually a good way to detoxify the liver

  31. Coffee….you mean there’s something else you can do with it besides drink it or make tiramisu? Really? I thought tiramisu was the best use of coffee ever created!

  32. I’ve actually used coffee in two of my favorite recipes – a coffee infused beef roast and I found an excellent recipe for baked beans with coffee! They are both delicious!

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  34. I use coffee in my brownies and I also like to reduce it and the mix it into my cake truffle mixture to make espresso cake truffles. They’re delicious!

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  36. Coffee has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. So many good times centered around the scents and flavors of coffee. I do like to use a bit of the instant variety in rubs for roasts. Very yummy!

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  38. Mmmm, coffee! I love it with a shot of Torani Salted Caramel Syrup and a shot of Sugar free Chocolate Syrup, frothed milk and topped with whip cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce! It’s my favorite! I make it everyday!

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  42. My favorite way to have coffee flavor is ice cream or anything mocha.chocolte cake (with a hint of coffee) with coffee flavored frosting is the best

  43. I enjoy coffe ice cream. It’s one of my favorite things to share with my big brother.

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  45. I love coffee cake, delicious!

  46. Love to freeze extra coffee in ice cube trays & mix with vanilla soy milk & skim for a cold, but not too sweet, drink.

  47. In brownies…

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