Giveaway: Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever

You might be thinking about making some of your own edible Christmas gifts this year. I know I am, which is what encouraged me to flick through a copy of Marshmallow Madness by American author Shauna Sever. If making mallows is your thing, or you’d like to try, this is a book worth investigating.


Marshmallow Madness – Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes is written by Shauna, an American baker and US TV host who also writes a blog called Piece of Cake. Shauna also runs a dessert and catering business in San Francisco and in fact, has just written her second book, Pure Vanilla. Americans work fast!

This is the kind of book that instantly puts a smile on your face. It’s totally over the top, and even has a puffy cover, but there’s no doubt that candy-making at home is the ultimate way to spend a fun day.

Mallow-making is definitely trending – there have recently been a whole host of books published, dedicated to the art of making these sugary, sticky sweets at home.

You will need a sugar or candy thermometer and an electric mixer or whisk, but apart from that and lots of sugar, the tools and ingredients are all fairly simple.

Marshmallow Madness

Classic Vanilla Marshmallows are made with powdered gelatin, sugar, light corn syrup (you can use golden syrup in the UK), water, salt and vanilla extract. There is also a recipe for a vegan alternative. From that basic recipe, you can go on to experiment with a whole plethora of flavours, such as Deeply Chocolate Marshmallows, Honeyed Apricot Marshmallows or even Maple-Bacon Marshmallows. My favourite recipe is for the Homemade Marshmallow Cream (it gives normal butter-cream a silkier edge) and you can use it to fill Shauna’s Lemon Dream Whoopie Pies. I’m also intrigued by the S’mores Cupcakes, which have made next week’s baking list.

There are lots of directions for the marshmallow novice, with essentially three steps to follow – the bloom, the syrup and the mallowing. The mallowing happens with the aid of an electric mixer that incorporates air.

Note: Being an American book, all measurements are in cups and ounces. I think we can just about cope with that, now.

To win one of two copies, enter via the rafflecopter giveaway tool, below. Good luck and happy mallowing!

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With many thanks to Quirk Publishing for my review copy and for the giveaway copy. Photography by Leigh Beisch.

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  1. Andrea Johnson says:

    rhubarb and custard flavour is great, that sweet and tart flavour is just yummy!


    I love percy pigs from Marks & Spencers – they are so tasty & made with fruit juice.

  3. Yvonne Crook says:

    My favourite sweet is strawberry bonbons

  4. Hazel Christopher says:

    My favourite sweet flavour is Cherry x

  5. Oh yum marshamallows are one of my all time favourites, as well as chewy sweets!

    would LUV to this book – any excuse to have marshamellows!

  6. Becci Cleary says:

    Nut Brittle 🙂

  7. Sally Peevor says:

    I love rhubarb and custards but any old fashioned hard boiled sweets are tasty!

  8. rebecca nisbet says:

    I love butterscotch flavour, pineapple goes very nicely too.

  9. rose turkish delight

  10. sue willshee says:

    I love rhubarb and custard flavour sweets

  11. Emma Wolski says:

    I like really sour cherry flavour sweets!

  12. Janine Atkin says:

    i love sour lemon sweets

  13. Samantha Remington says:

    Chocolate. Anything chocolate.

  14. Katrina Gibson says:

    Orange, or mint… or chocolate…

  15. My favourite sweet flavour would have to be caramel! I love it! lol

  16. james darrington says:

    I’ve always loved coffee flavoured sweets.

  17. Natalie White says:

    I love sherbert 🙂

  18. Ben Audsley says:

    i like sherbert lemons!

  19. irene gilmour says:

    has to be mint Mmmmmm

  20. Phyllis Ellett says:

    Has to be strawberry.

  21. Fiona Harris says:

    Chocolate with the combination of savoury/ ie salt/nuts/chilli
    Love the book! could almost lick the cover 🙂

  22. Raspberry or sherbet would be my favourite!

  23. Strawberry – like strawberry bonbons


    Strawberry for me 🙂 xoxo

  25. shelagh milne says:

    Anything chocolate flavoured

  26. Kim Howard says:

    Lemon for me! ^_^

  27. Saran Benjamin says:

    It has to be chocolate

  28. Laura Pritchard says:

    I love pineapple cubes!

  29. rachael jones says:

    banana flavoured

  30. jackie curran says:

    Anything with chocolate for me x

  31. Jen Schofield says:

    Anything with either marshmallos or sherbet in!

  32. I love caramel anything! Mmmmm… xx

  33. I`ve always loved Cola Bottles. 🙂


  34. Patricia White says:

    My favourite sweet flavour is strawberry

  35. michelle renwick says:

    anything strawberry flavour 🙂

  36. Catherine Thomas says:

    mmm I love toffee.. what a great book!

  37. fiona waterworth says:

    I like foam shrimps, but I have no idea what the flavour is supposed to be

  38. Laura Caraher says:

    Honeyed Apricot Marshmallow sounds delicious, thanks for running a fab competition 🙂

  39. Daniel Stacey says:

    Blood orange with sugar on top.

  40. moonsword says:

    Caramel is my favorite. Many thanks!

  41. I like the white midget gems – don’t know what flavour they are supposed to be but always pick them all out and leave the rest!

  42. Julia Briscoe says:

    I love lemon flavour

  43. Karen Scammell says:

    cola cubes or fizzy cola bottles

  44. Lemon, especially lemon sherberts

  45. My favourite sweets is all of them, too hard to just pick one :).

    I like the look of this book and i am thinking of making some homemade sweets as pressies for Christmas.

    Lisa xx

  46. claire woods says:

    anything to do with chocolate.

  47. Patrici whittaker says:

    I always choose strawberry.

  48. anything with caramel in it

  49. Pauline Simpson says:

    Strawberry yum!!

  50. Jean Vaughan says:

    Against the norm I love all things coffee.

  51. Maya Russell says:

    I love milk chocolate.

  52. olivia kirby says:

    I love toffee everything!

  53. Tracy Hanson says:

    Strawberries, which is quite strange because I really can’t stand the fruit. Good luck to everyone 🙂 😀 x

  54. ANything banana flavoured!

  55. I love any type of berry flavours, especially raspberry.

  56. My favourite sweet flavour is rhubarb and custard. Terrible for your teeth but so addictive.

    This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while, it looks so good.
    Sophie x

  57. Jane Vincent says:

    This book sounds delicious! The photos look amazing too! Fingers crossed! 🙂

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