By Amanda Flower
While writing Marshmallow Malice, the fifth novel in the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, I was surprised at how many ways that marshmallow could be used. More surprising not all of those ways are to eat them. Most are, of course, but I was surprised to learn that marshmallows could be used in both edible and inedible ways. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites. However, I am certain that Bailey King and the rest of the ladies at Swissmen Sweets would only like to see marshmallows be used in candy and sweets.
- Make Fondant. Fondant is the icing of choice when it comes to fancy wedding cakes like the one that is found in Marshmallow Malice. For the cake in the novel, Bailey makes her very own fondant from melted marshmallows. Personally, I would not go so far as to do that when you can buy fondant already made, but then again, I would buy the cake already made too. I’m not the chocolatier that Bailey is.
- Marshmallow Animals. Do a quick search online for just about any animals, and the Internet will be happy to tell you how to construct any creature from marshmallows and toothpicks. You can make them edible by using other candies for their features and details. And it seems some people like to keep them forever, so in that case, the sky is the limit for decorations. Easy craft for kids’ parties.
- Marshmallow Sticks. This is the very, very, very—did I mention very?—easy recipe that you will find in the back of Marshmallow Malice. Really all you need is a skewer, marshmallow, and chocolate. Check out the book for more!
- Marshmallow Keeps Brown Sugar Soft. Brown sugar and marshmallow are a match made in heaven, but not just as a delicious topping for sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Stick a marshmallow or two in your container of brown sugar and it will keep the brown sugar from becoming a concrete block in your pantry.
- S’mores. Yes, I know everyone knows this one, but do you know the twist on s’mores that is s’mores cones? They are delightful. Instead of graham crackers, you use sugar ice cream cones stuffed with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Then, you wrap the stuffed cones in aluminum foil to bake in the oven or if you are really in the wilderness on a fire. They are amazing, and personally, I believe better than the original.
Caught in a sticky situation . . .
With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio’s Amish Country’s most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don’t mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone’s shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn’t sunstroke . . .
Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend’s hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake—or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?