Do you remember the first thing you ever ate that came out of a microwave?
Surprisingly, I do.
It was 1985 and my best friend's dad worked for Sears. I went over to her house one day and she showed me their brand new microwave. I couldn't care less.
Then she took a sugar cone (like for ice cream) and stuffed it with mini marshmallows.
She put it in the microwave for a few seconds while we all stood right in front of it, staring as the marshmallows puffed up like a mushroom cloud.
It was nothing short of fantastic.
I vowed that when I got a microwave I was going to make this exact creation every day of my life.
Well, that never happened.
But, when I discovered Dandies all-natural marshmallows, I knew there was a perfect treat for my kids. There are only 7 ingredients in these vegan, gluten free marshmallows. Super cool.
Due to the gourmet nature of these marshmallows, I also use them to make the best sweet potatoes ever!
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows Recipes
Whether you're cooking for a large group this holiday season or having a small family dinner, these sweet potatoes recipes are sure to be a hit.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
2.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes or Yams
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
4 Tb Butter
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 ts Cinnamon
2 cups Dandies mini marshmallows
Peel, chop and boil sweet potatoes until soft.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Drain potatoes and mix with sugar, butter, OJ, eggs, sour cream and cinnamon. Beat mixture until smooth.
Transfer to a greased 9 x13" pan. Spread potato mixture.
Top with marshmallows.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown.
Candied Yams with Marshmallows
This recipe is similar to the casserole above, but made for individual servings - much like a twice-baked potato. This goes well with sit-down dinners for small groups or families.
4 Medium-Sized Yams
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
4 Tb Butter
1/4 cup orange juice
Pinch of Salt
1/2 ts Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Dandies mini marshmallows
Poke yams with a fork and bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes.
On the stovetop, combine all remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring consistently. Let mixture come to a slight boil, then reduce heat. Cook until it is the consistency of syrup.
Remove yams from the oven. Slice open the top and scoop out insides. Add to syrup.
Mash and mix until smooth.
Scoop candied yam mixture back into potato skins. Top with mini marshmallows.
Bake for 15 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown.
Want more marshmallow recipe ideas?
Check out our Cinco de Mayo recipes that feature Mexican Hot Chocolate with a Twist
Or visit our review of Super Cute Crispy Treats cookbook!
Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Marshmallows
First off, these marshmallows are superior in quality, taste and toastability (just made up that word). You'll know what I mean when you toast all-natural marshmallows. There is a definitely detectable difference over the junk food kind.
BUT, that doesn't mean you cannot have some fun with them before you gobble them up!
By fun, I mean using them to create exciting Elf of the Shelf scenarios at home or in the classroom.
Here are some really creative ideas from around the web to maximize your fun this holiday season...then enjoy them in your hot cocoa, of course.
1. Elf taking a marshmallow bath from Living Locurto
2. Elf making a stick structure from Busy Bugs - you could have students make a building and find the elf living in it!
3. Elf on the Shelf having a Yankee Candle campfire from Picklehead Soup - seriously my favorite!
4. Elf in a snowball fight
5. Elf lifting marshmallow weights
6. Have the Elf write a word or message in mini marshmallows! Or a math problem the kids need to solve. Answer could be the number of days until Christmas or holiday break.
7. Elf making a snowman or igloo out of mini marshmallows from ElfoftheShelf.com
With all these fun and delicious ideas for mini marshmallows, we're happy to say that Pampered Teacher will be featuring sample packs of Dandies all-natural vanilla marshmallows in upcoming subscription boxes. Samples also include a coupon for
50¢ off your next marshmallow purchase. Awesome-ness!
For more information on Dandies all-natural marshmallows check out their website!
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