Barley Wine Marshmallows

These ale-fluffed confections were originally made by Executive Sous Chef Piet Vanden Hogen at Pelican Pub in Pacific City, Oregon. Using Pelican Pub's Wee Heavy or a local Barley Wine will add a bit of beer flavor to marshmallow-topped mugs of hot cocoa, or as the filling for adult S'mores, made with graham crackers and bittersweet chocolate. Featured on page 189 of The Best of American Beer & Food by Lucy Saunders.

3 envelopes plain powdered gelatin (3 tablespoons)

4 to 5 ounces cold water

Unsalted butter for pan

1/4 cup sifted organic powdered sugar for pan

4 ounces decanted (no foam) Scottish ale or Barley Wine

2 cups pure cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

6 ounces corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon
Madagascar Bourbon

vanilla extract

2 cups organic powdered sugar sifted with 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Use organic powdered sugar for best taste and texture. Adjust water to soften gelatin according to humidity and elevation. The texture of bloomed gelatin should be thick, smooth, not grainy.

1. Bloom or soften gelatin in 4 to 5 ounces water in the bowl of a stand mixer.  While gelatin softens, prepare   9x13-inch glass pan by buttering inside and sprinkling with powdered sugar to cover base and sides; shake pan so sugar is evenly applied.

2. Combine ale or barley wine, sugar, salt, and corn syrup in a large, deep pot over medium-high heat, and bring to soft-ball stage, 238° F on a candy thermometer. Mixture will foam and turn caramel colored.

3. Place bowl with bloomed gelatin into a stand electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn mixer to Medium-Low and slowly pour in hot syrup, whisking into bloomed gelatin until it starts to fluff. Do not whip too fast or the hot syrup will splatter.  Whip until white and fluffy, about 10 minutes, adding vanilla extract during last minute.

4. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle top with 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar-starch mixture. When cooled and set (from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on humidity), turn slab out onto a cookie sheet dusted with half the powdered sugar mixture. Slice into cubes with sharp knife or scissors dipped in warm water between each slice. Roll cubes in remaining powdered sugar mixture to coat evenly. Air-dry until not sticky (varies by humidity). Keeps up to 10 days in sealed container.

Makes about 50 marshmallows. 

The Best of American Beer and Food
The Best of
American Beer & Food

Organic Marshmallows
Organic Marshmallows

candy thermometer
Candy Thermometer

Stand Mixer
Stand Mixer

Organic Powdered Sugar
Organic Powdered Sugar


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