It was about a year ago when my inclination toward homemade marshmallows began. I was lucky enough to experience these ones in hot cocoa at a rich friend’s house last winter.

A few months later I moved to Belgium and was introduced to these little pretties. {Pierre Marcolini, by the way, is the Belgian chocolatier of the very rich.} Unfortunately, despite my ghastly high wages as a Belgian au pair to the very rich, I never could seem to save enough euros to try Monsieur Marcolini’s mallows.

Then, I moved home, started Archives of our Lives, and meandered upon this blog [look down two posts] which inspired me to take matters into my own hands. I had to have the homemade mallows again; I became obsessed.

So bought the ingredients as specified in Martha’s recipe here and invested four hours of my life into these mallows, and what follows are the results. Of my Friday night. {This is me married.}

See this?

Those are Martha’s up there.

And these:

These are mine.

See any resemblance? Me either.

Then I remembered what my long-ago young womens advisor used to tell me in our cooking classes, “Never forget, Camille, about presentation. Presentation can make or break a meal.” So then I remembered that everything looks better in an apothecary jar….

Still no resemblance?

I have been faced with a dreadful failure in the kitchen, and I am going to sleep sad and forlorn at 12:48 a.m. Rachel Ray never would have given me false hopes like Martha’s recipe did. That’s because Rachel Ray has never been a convicted felon…

I am changing my loyalties.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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10 Responses to {Marth-Mallows}

  1. Geneva says:

    But how did they TASTE?!

  2. Loralee Choate says:

    Oh, those sound yummy.

    I think that marshmallows would be pretty tricky. I have a chef friend who said it took him a long time to perfect them.

    Don’t give up! You can do it! Try again. Besides, if they taste great, no harm in making more, right?!

  3. Raygon says:

    congrats camille, they actually look good. and you should switch over to be a rachel ray fan…she is a much more realistic cook than martha! and by the way, the marshmallows look a heck of a lot better in the jar than on the plate. keep workin at em! loralee is right, as long as they taste good, why quit making them?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good food for good times. How are you surviving the harshness of the Canadian winters and the coldness of the Canadiann “SAINTS”?

  5. Tessa says:

    Oh Camille that is amazing that you made those, who cares how they turned out. You made them!! Plus I bet they are amazing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree, Rachel Ray is much better. (Though I think my opinion is swayed by the fact that I have been told that I look and sound exactly like her.)
    What do you think?

  7. Spencer and Jami says:

    I am so impressed that you even tried to make home made mallows! you truely are martha of canada! bake away

  8. lindser-lou says:

    stupid martha and her recipe book of lies…..
    i never try to copy anything she does anymore because it ends with me crying in a corner, curled up in the fetal position.
    Not the way i planned on having my craft-nite go at all.

    wretched mallows and their fluffy goodness…how they taunt us.

  9. Anonymous says:


    I have to say that I honestly never even considered the possibility of actually making marshmallows by hand; I guess I had always believed they were just manufactured in a bag. What a YUPPIE I am. At any rate, I am…impressed and I would say slightly disturbed that you have become obsessed with making marshmallows. Is this what the cold weather is doing? :) At any rate, I would have to agree with Raygon that the mallows look 100x better in the apothecary jar than they do on the plate. And, I’m wondering right along with Genevra: How did they taste??? That is the true test. Oh, and can they be made SUGAR FREE? Perhaps you can make some when you come to see Preston in January…

  10. Sharon says:

    My Dearest Camille:
    Since your grandparents lived in Arizona, plus the fact that your great-Grandmother Melva died a long, long, time ago, Apparently you have never had a Melva Marshmallow. They were a Leavitt/Durrant tradition for many many years for Christmas and I still make them every year. When you come to Oregon I will show you that you too can make marshmallows in your jammies before the cocoa is ready in the morning. Really. That is, if you’d like to learn something from the Great Depression. So great to see you!

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