I've been fascinated recently about the increase of available marshmallow flavors. All sorts, really - strawberry, chocolate, pina colada, gingerbread, peppermint. It really makes me wonder why. There's part of me that thinks some of the large companies test kitchens have people that scour the internet daily reviewing trends to see what's cooking in peoples kitchens, so they can provide a version of those, or if they can sell something else to home cooks. Yea, that's probably where they came from.
Of course, I had to try them. Some of them are really tasty...others, not so much. And, they don't compare to homemade marshmallows at all. The gingerbread marshmallows are OK. Do they taste like ginger bread? Well, sort of. I would have much preferred them to be a bit spicier.
And, since I just love all things ginger, I had to try to cook with these new creations. After bumping up the ginger taste by adding crushed ginger cookies, powdered ginger, and a little fresh ginger, I'm happy with these results. So, if you don't want to make ginger bread or ginger cookies for the holidays, this is a quick and easy alternative.
For a .pdf of the recipe, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!
1 bag gingerbread marshmallows, or 40 large plain marshmallows, 2 t. powdered ginger and 1 t. cinnamon
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1/3 c. butter
½ t. grated ginger, optional
½ t. powdered ginger, optional
¼ c. candied ginger, finely chopped
15 crisp ginger cookies (or 30 ginger thins), crushed into crumbs
Butter or spray 13x9x2 pan. Sprinkle ½ crushed ginger cookies along the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine rice cereal and candied ginger. In a medium pan, heat butter and marshmallows over medium heat, stirring so to prevent burning. Once the marshmallows have completely melted, stir in grated ginger and powdered ginger (and your cinnamon if you are using plain marshmallows). Pour over the rice cereal in your large bowl.
Stir until the rice cereal is completely coated. Spread evenly into your prepared pan. Sprinkle over remaining ginger cookies and let set until cool before cutting.