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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 like coffee cream pie:)

  2. I follow you and tweeted about the contest

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

  4. Mocha chip ice cream!

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

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. I like you on facebook.

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

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

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

  13. I already like on FB!

  14. I love coffee cake!

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

  16. I tweeted! @miss_fish1

  17. I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook! :)

  18. 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!

  19. Oh, and I follow you on twitter!

  20. love me some coffee icecream! yum

  21. I now like your FB page!

  22. I love to have coffee flavored ice cream!

  23. I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

  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.

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

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

  27. And I also follow you on Twitter :)

  28. I’m already a fan on Facebook!

  29. I also like you on Facebook!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. I love coffee ice cream!

  33. I’m following you on Twitter:)

  34. I’m a FB fan!

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

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

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

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

  39. 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.

  40. I liked you on Facebook!

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

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

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

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

    I already like you on FB!

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  46. Followed @loveandoliveoil on twitter

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

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