Thursday February 10, 2011

Love Bites

Growing up, my mom would decorate the house for Valentine’s Day. Nothing outlandish. A dish of red and white M&Ms in the foyer, a few paper hearts on the door, and some little heart shaped ornaments. Like Christmas ornaments, small doodads with a loop of gold thread, that she’d hang from the chandelier in the kitchen.

I loved watching them twirl slowly in the air over the breakfast table. They had a super chubby shape that made them look marshmallowy, and an alluring candy apple red shellacking. I secretly wished I could eat one. But alas. Not candy.

As a result of that childhood memory, I’m a sucker for heart shaped marshmallows. Whether dipped in chocolate or melting in cocoa, their cute little shape just makes me smile.

Pink swirl peppermint heart

I told Rosco I wanted to do a marshmallow heart post for Valentine’s Day, with the hearts hanging against a pretty background. He said he’s make it work.

So I arrived at the studio, marshmallows in hand. Rosco had set up a background and some poles that we could use to suspend the marshmallows. I had imagined we’d string them up with a needle and thread like pop corn at Christmastime, but instead we used wire.

The wire worked fabulously, because it had enough heft to skewer the hearts without a needle. I asked Rosco where he found it, he told me he’d purchased a ton of it at the Army surplus store for about 49 cents. It was tripwire.

Wow. Love is a battlefield!

make love not war

I felt happy to re-purpose the tripwire into a Valentine’s heart photo prop, letting it make love, not war.

In honor of my favorite flavor of conversation hearts, I made these peppermint. I always felt the white candy hearts had the best flavor of them all. Or maybe they just did when compared to the wretched banana ones or the even worse purple ones, whatever flavor they claimed to have. I could recognize peppermint, at any rate.

(Not that any of those flavors exist anymore, according to this article.)

Given my childhood desire to eat those heart shaped ornaments, in no time flat our shoot completely devolved into me begging to eat one of the marshmallows off the wire. Rosco consented, but only if the camera kept rolling.

Fair enough.

love bites

I don’t have the words to describe my satisfaction with the experience.

So, my recommendation? Make up some super fluffy, pink Valentine’s Day vanilla bean marshmallows, with or without the peppermint. Enjoy them in hot chocolate or, you know, right off the tripwire.

pink peppermint hearts

P.S. Is it just me, or does that guy look like a heart shaped Pac Man about to NOM that little heart in the corner?

posted byStellaand filed under:  Gluten Free  Lactose Free  Sideshow Photos  Vanilla

23 comments and counting

Feb 10, 2011 ·  1:24 PM

O. M. G. These are precious! I love the idea of hanging them and especially the series of shots of you nomming one. You and Rosco sound like you have so much fun together

I’m seriously impressed by how cleanly you cut these.

 · Kaitlin ·

Feb 10, 2011 ·  2:08 PM

I love this so much! When Molly is older I will make some with her every year! Every Valentines day. I think of a fantastic cake you made.

 · Mousey · 

Feb 10, 2011 ·  2:56 PM

These are great, dare I say cute?! I am a huge fan of marshmallows in my hot cocoa. Maybe I’ll have to give them a whirl. Mmmmm

 · SweetLucy · 

Feb 10, 2011 ·  4:19 PM

These look like so much fun! I love the marbling! And TRIPWIRE? GENIUS! LOL!

 · Christina ·

Feb 10, 2011 ·  7:16 PM

Those are some beautiful marshmallows!!!

 · Vicky · 

Feb 10, 2011 · 10:13 PM

Marshmallow wonders for every holiday, maybe? The winter holidays are easy – into the hot drinks with any results that don’t get eaten off tripwires. For warm season holidays like Memorial Day and July 4, maybe the dénouement comes as the toasted shapes begin oozing after their visit to a bed of glowing coals?

 · Rona Roberts ·

Feb 10, 2011 · 11:48 PM

Adorable. Heart them.

Also… “these are fat-free, right?! lol!!”

 · sweet kiera ·

Feb 11, 2011 ·  8:11 AM

LOVE these

 · Liz ·

Feb 11, 2011 · 10:57 AM

@Mousey, I really, really wanted to do a VDay blog post for that cake!!!! The recipe is 1 chocolate cake, still hot from the oven. Buttercream made from approximately 37 leftover chocolate bars, and possibly an andes mint, garnish with conversation hearts and Jeremy’s mom’s caramel corn, powdered sugar, and…? What other elements am I missing?

@Rona, I am all about marshmallows for every holiday! Especially ones that allow me to set them on fire. Oh yeah.

@SweetKiera, easily the best comment I’ve ever received. Wow. You did your homework!

Thanks for all the comment lovin’ everyone!


Feb 11, 2011 ·  2:55 PM

These are so great looking! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight.

 · Laurel ·

Feb 11, 2011 ·  8:50 PM

I think you have it covered, there may of been some pre-made truffles on there too.

 · Mousey · 

Feb 11, 2011 ·  9:35 PM

Tripwire…that is is awesome. Love the hearts.

 · briarrose ·

Feb 12, 2011 ·  8:17 AM

Gorgeous and I LOVE your Pac-Man logic. Too funny! Just buzzed you. Hope you reach #1 today. Happy hearts day!

 · Katty's Kitchen ·

Feb 12, 2011 ·  9:24 AM

I just love it, it is very original and the picture are very well presented

 · Karina ·

Feb 12, 2011 ·  1:00 PM

Love your marshmallows. And congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!

 · kelsey {itsybitsyfoodies} ·

Feb 12, 2011 · 11:07 PM

That is so awesome! Your right it does resemble a heart shape pac man Lovely photos!

 · konstant kraver ·

Feb 13, 2011 ·  6:57 PM

Charming lil’ hearts hanging from the sky.

 · Kel · 

Feb 14, 2011 · 12:36 AM

I agree, the purple conversation hearts are by far the yuckiest flavor. Great photos.

 · Jenn ·

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