Rum & Eggnog Marshmallow Candy
Make the holidays more fun for the adults with Rum & Eggnog Marshmallow.
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 Tbsp powder gelatin
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp dark spiced rum
- 3 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- Line with parchment paper and spray oil 2 8X* square baking pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl pour the water and sprinkle the gelatin over top and set aside to let expand.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment whip the egg whites until they are stiff peaks and set aside.
- In a large pot combine the sugar, egg nog,and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat and stir only until the sugar has melted. Bring the mixture to a boil until it reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Once it reaches 240 degrees remove from heat. Microwave the gelatin for 15 seconds until liquefied. Add to the sugar mixture and stir.
- Set the stand mixer to low carefully stream in the hot syrup mixture into the egg whites until combined. Mix in 2 tsp of the nutmeg, vanilla and rum.
- With a lightly oiled spatula scrape in the mixture and divide evenly between the prepared pans. Use the oiled spatula to spread and lightly smooth out the top.
- Set aside a let set over night. Once set cut into 1 inch squares using a knife that has the blade wet with water. Dampen the blade with hot water after each cut in order to avoid the marshmallow from sticking.
- In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1 tsp of nutmeg with the icing sugar. Roll the squares in the icing sugar mixture to lightly dust them.
- Store in an air tight container until ready to enjoy.
*contains alcohol. Must be legal drinking age.
Oh the joys of being an adult during the holidays! You are rushing around gathering gifts or shall I say looking aimlessly at store shelves wondering what Grandma would really like? No one really knows, but you do your very best anyways. That is all one can really do this time of year.
Let’s be honest, the kids have it easy. Counting down the days until Santa comes and passing the time by filling their heads full of thoughts of toys, treats and the endless loop of Christmas carols. This is why I have dedicated this recipe to adults only. You know, the people behind the scenes that make the magic really happen at all the events.
There are celebrations to attend which comes along with a bounty of, ‘What do I bring? What can I make?’
Bringing a host or hostess gift is a must this time of year (nothing is more embarrassing than showing up empty handed). Not only is it in bad form, but if you have ever hosted an event during the holidays, you know it is a lot of work. Especially with all the other events and errands to complete before the big day. I give credit to anyone hosting cocktail parties, dinner parties or even brunch during the holidays. I know personally how much of an undertaking it can be.
Personally, I look forward to hosting events and welcome with open arms the bottles of wine that come through the door. Bringing wine is great and it makes it easy as a guest to dash out to pick up a bottle just before heading over. On the plus side it is fitting to open them up and offer glasses to the guests in attendance, making for a very ‘Merry’ and ‘Spirited’ evening indeed. Win, win, win.
A bottle of wine is a standard of mine as well, however I do like to also bring something special just for the peeps putting on the shindig.
The personalized special gifts meant only for the host are the ones that I truly remember the most. Glasses of wine come and go, but having the quiet moment afterwards to relax is the best gift of all. It’s a little something that easily can be stashed away just for them to enjoy the next day.
Lately I have been on a sweet tooth making kick and thought of a great way to bring the whimsy of the season to the hosts and hostesses that really go all out for the holidays. You really can’t go wrong with rum, eggnog and chocolate. Enjoyed on their own as a bite sized holiday bonbon or add to the top of a creamy mug of hot chocolate, either way it will make your day a little ‘Merry & Bright’.
The plus side of this recipe is that after making these delicious eggnoggy treats they must be taste tested by the glow of the Christmas tree once the kids go to bed and the house is quiet. That is the only way you can truly make sure they are gift worthy *wink,wink.