Friday, May 13, 2016

Dandies Marshmallows are Dandy Indeed! (recipe)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from Dandies Marshmallows, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them,  all opinions are my own.

When is a Marshmallow more than just a marshmallow?

When it's ONLY made from the good stuff!

Meet your next pantry staple:

dandies marshmallow varieties

Dandies Marshmallows are the first Non-GMO Verified marshmallow on the market, Dandies are made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, these light and fluffy marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and are certified kosher. Plus they are the first ever marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified

I know you're asking, so what IS in them?
dandies marshmallow large

Tapioca Starch and Syrup, Cane Sugar, and Soy. So as long as those are not on your allergy list, you're fine!

With a traditional texture and vanilla flavor that melts, tastes and bakes just like the marshmallows we grew up withDandies Marshmallows offer a better-for-you swap for desserts, and are available in mini size and large, perfect for roasting by the campfire sizes! And I know you're wondering about the taste- it's what you would expect- JUST like homemade marshmallows! Yup, none of that 'fake' taste, you get a marshmallow that tastes like marshmallows SHOULD!

dandies marshmallow pumpkin

Not so big on the vanilla flavor? 
No problem, Dandies has you covered with their PUMPKIN flavored ones!

So if you're looking for a better tasting, better for you marshmallow, Dandie's are your answer!

Did you know that Sunday is National Chocolate Chip Day?
Yup, sure is!

So in honor of that, I pulled a fav recipe from Mom's recipe box, that I had a hankerin' for, that not only includes chocolate chips, but uses the Dandies Marshmallows, to make a yummy treat!

grandmas 7 layer bars

See all that oooey goodness? 

Can you tell those aren't your traditional marshmallows?

Let's check out the recipe:

Grandma's 7 Layer Bars

grandmas 7 layer bars ingredients

 1 bag Dandies Mini Marshmallows
1 Bag Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 to 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (depends on pan size)
1 stick of butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk OR make your own
(from evaporated milk, cane sugar and butter)
1- 1 1/2 Cups coconut 
Peanut Butter and/or Chocolate Peanut Butter
Streusel topping

grandmas 7 layer bars steps collage


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line your pan (9x9 or 9x13) with foil, and place butter in it (3/4 stick for 9x9 pan), and place pan in oven, to melt it
3. Remove pan and add graham cracker crumbs to pan, Stir to blend butter in and create bottom crust. Note: some people like a sweeter crust, so if you do, sprinkle a tablsepoon or 2 of sugar in with the crumbs before you mix it all together.
4. I keep a streusel blend on hand (cinnamon, brown sugar, cane sugar, flour), if you don't have it, you can make some up, or skip this step or substitute brown sugar/cinnamon mix. Sprinkle streusel over your crust (if you added the sugar to your crust mix in the previous step, you may not want this extra layer)
5. Add chocolate chips. Aka, put as many as you want all over! LOL
6. Now the fun part. Add dollops of peanut butter and/or your fav chocolate peanut butter all over the chips. You can also use 1 or the other. Your choice. We've gotten hooked on Justin's Chocolate HazelnutButter, so I just used it.
7. Add your coconut. If you really like it, feel free to add some more than the amounts above

dandies marshmallow minis

8. Spread your Dandies Marshamallows all over the coconut. I used the whole bag, minus the ahndful that the kid snuck out of the bag, as I was using a 9 x 13 pan, If using the smaller pan, base the amount on how much you like!
9. Make your sweetened condensed milk- Heat 1/3 cup  plus 2 tbsp evaporated milk, 3/4 cup cane sugar and 3 tbsp butter together over medium heat until it thickens. ( If using cane sugar, it will be brownish in color) OR open a can of it, and pour all over your marshmallows, making sure it sinks down below the marshmallows.
10/ Bake for 30-40 minutes, again depending on your pan size and how toasted you want your marshmallows.
11. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove foil from pan and cut bars, serve.

The the beauty of 7 layer bars- you can add which ever ingredients you want, but it always comes out SO good! I didn't like nuts int hem when I was a kid, but liked the flavor, so Grandma started adding the peanut butter. If you don't like it, or have peanut allergy, you can skip and add something else like dried cranberries. It's a fun recipe to make and SO easy, you can really let the kids make it! The foil helps cut down on the mess, making it a 1 pan bake, and you can always 'make and take' thanks to the foil application too!

dandies bruleed marshmallows

You can get more great recipes using the Dandies marshmallows over on the Dandies website!

We LOVE these new marshmallows! Miss Grace is addicted to them already. She says they are way better than the old ones (aka the ones we used to buy). So it's a good thing I can buy them at my local Target and Whole Foods store in NOLA! You can check for your local store on their website too! And don't forget to grab the coupon too!

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