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Max and Eli Sussman's S'mores with Maple-Bourbon Marshmallows

Throw some bourbon and maple syrup into homemade marshmallows as Max and Eli Sussman suggest in This is a Cookbook, and you've got an excellent adult-style treat. The brothers take their marshmallows one step further by incorporating them into a year-round take on s'mores (with ganache instead of Hershey's). These are no girl-scout dessert--they're boozy, sweet, and the sheer size of the marshmallows will gleefully turn even the most resolute health nut on the path to diabetes--but they're totally worth it. More

Crème De Menthe Marshmallows

Dyed a lovely mint green from Crème De Menthe, these marshmallows are studded with mini chocolate chips and dipped in bittersweet chocolate. We love the idea of flavoring marshmallows with liqueur but if you're not feeling like a cocktail you can always sub in peppermint extract and a few dashes of green food coloring for a similarly festive mallow. More

Sea Salt Caramel Swirl Marshmallows

Mastering the art of marshmallow making gives candy makers the opportunity to play with all sorts of exciting flavors because, after all, the marshmallow really is just a squishy blank canvas. We have to tip our hats to Shauna Sever, author of Marshmallow Madness for having the foresight and vision to bring together two of our favorite confections in these Sea Salt Caramel Swirl Marshmallows. And if you're wondering, they're just as great as they sound. Tender, bouncy vanilla marshmallows run through with ribbons of sweet and salty caramel. More

Stained Glass Windows

If you aren't able to find multicolored marshmallows, you can use regular mini-marshmallows, or substitute, as I did, two-thirds of a bag of large red and green Christmas marshmallows (cut down to mini-marshmallow size) and 1/3 of a bag of regular mini-marshmallows. More

Halloween Treats: Howl at the MoonPie Cake

In the 1930s the MoonPie was heralded as a "working man's lunch," with hungry laborers substituting lunch with what was the biggest snack for sale. The MoonPie's background is lengthy and inspiring (did you know that the company started sending MoonPies to troops stationed overseas during World War II and continues the tradition today?) and, my cake-addled brain couldn't resist imagining it as a cake. More

Crispy Cereal Marshmallows

The secret to crispy marshmallows is homemade corn syrup, a less stable version of what you buy at the store. Sounds like a bad thing, but it's not. You see, it's that very instability we need. During the candy making process, this syrup begins to crystallize due to its instability. This starts a chain reaction that ultimately results in "defective," crunchy marshmallows. Terrible for s'mores and Rice Krispie treats, but a thing of beauty for cereal. More

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