Long before anyone was toasting them up for s’mores at a cookout, marshmallows were a delicacy few had the opportunity to enjoy. According to Campfire Marshmallows, the candies originated in ancient Egypt where they were made from the extract of the marshmallow plant. The confection was so rare only pharaohs were lucky enough to indulge. The treats get their fluffy texture from gelatin rather than the plant stuff these days, but they’re just as tasty.
While marshmallows taste perfectly fine in their normal state, roasting them takes them to new heights. But forget about s’mores for a minute, because we’ve found six recipes that open up a whole new world of dessert possibilities. Whether you’re a cake fanatic or enjoy the simple pleasures of a rice cereal bar, these toasted treats will provide you with a sweet ending to your day.
1. Tipsy Toasted Marshmallow Strawberry Shortcakes
For a fun and fast dessert, these 5-ingredient shortcakes from Oh Bite It are hard to beat. You can find premade shortcakes at the grocery store, and they’re often kept right next to the pile of strawberries. They act as perfect little sponges to soak up the juices from the macerated fruit and a little hint of rum. Replacing whipped cream with some torched marshmallow cream adds a unique flavor. It also means these desserts can hold up to sitting out for a while, so they’re great for bringing to a barbecue.
- 8 premade shortcakes
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cranberry, or other, rum
- 2 cups marshmallow fluff, warmed briefly in microwave
Directions: In a medium bowl, toss berries with sugar. Add rum, and stir to combine. Let sit 10 minutes.
Divide berries among shortcakes, making sure to douse with accumulated juices. Top each with a dollop of marshmallow. Toast with kitchen torch or under broiler. Serve.