It’s been a bit of a wild month so far. For some reason, that ﬁrst week of December was one of our busiest weeks of the year and we somehow pulled through it, heads above water. Markets, festivals, functions, fun! In amidst all of the work chaos, I was so happy to be a part of FUZE tea’s #TrySomethingNew campaign, which has just pushed me to literally try something I have never tried before…
FUZE tea peach ﬂavoured marshmallows.
Ice tea marshmallows, say whaaaaaaaat? The idea was to try something new with a FUZE MUZE, and my immediate thought was to rope the lovely Joni Nel in on my day of fun. Joni is a big supporter of The Counter and is always giving us words of encouragement, which we are so grateful for. And, to be honest, the girl knows very little about cooking. The perfect FUZE MUZE to try something new on, right? Right!
Joni and her boyfriend, Johan, arrived at my spot on Saturday just after eleven. We started off with a few ice cold FUZE tea’s, some watermelon and freshly baked pain au chocolat. After reassuring Joni that marshmallows are actually quite easy to make, we started off. To be frank, I was quite nervous about using FUZE tea as a base for the marshmallows. They’re usually made with a base of water, so using an ice tea could’ve ended really badly. More sugar than usual in the mix could lead to a sticky mess…Regardless, we soldiered on.
Joni measured out the ice tea and gelatine, pouring the gelatine over the room temperature ice tea to allow it to ‘bloom’ and soak up the liquid a bit. Next, she added sugar and allowed that all to dissolve over a double boiler. Once the sugar was dissolved, she moved onto the whipping. Marshmallows need to be whipped to allow air into the mixture and for the entire watery bowl to change it’s molecular structure and turn into a mass of ﬂuffy marshmallow as it cools down. I held my breath for about seven minutes and ﬁnally breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the thick ribbons of marshmallow starting to form in the bowl around the beaters. Holy mother, the FUZE tea base had worked!
Joni added a touch of grated lemon zest for a little kick and we couldn’t resist dipping our ﬁngers into the mixture to see if the ice tea ﬂavour had come through. I honestly didn’t believe it, but the marshmallow mixture tasted EXACTLY like FUZE tea peach ﬂavoured ice tea. True story.
The mixture was poured into a greased, non-stick baking tray and a few pretty decorations sprinkled on top. Because, girly things.
Off they went with their precious tray of delicious FUZE tea peach ﬂavoured marshies. Joni sent me pics on Sunday morning and they looked incredible. Good job, girl! A big thanks to FUZE tea for pushing me to try something new. What a result!
*Our marshmallow recipe can be found in Sam Linsell’s latest recipe book, Sweet.*