While in DC last month, our fam met up with friends and hit up Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery for Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes. They were splendid. Rich, creamy, and cold ice cream with a hint of toasted marshmallow flavor, finished off with a toasted marshmallow. That’s not all. A top the milkshake sat a little schmear of something that I could only figure was toasted marshmallow frosting. Just a dollop of it that your spoon would drag through as it dove into a cup thick and soft with milkshake.
Since returning from DC, the kids have asked no less that eight times if we could make Toasted Marshmallow shakes at home. But, of course, Toasted Marshmallow flavoring doesn’t grow on trees. So, I popped myself into the kitch to see if we could find a perfect combination of readily available flavorings that would come together and mimic Good Stuff’s incredible milkshakes. After gallons of ice cream, pounds of powdered sugar, and no less than four bottles of vanilla, I’m pleased to tell you…we totally cracked the code.
The secret to toasted marshmallow flavor is a clever combination of three easy-to-find flavorings: Vanilla Butter & Nut Flavor, Butter Flavor, and Coconut Flavor. All three should be available near the vanilla in your local grocery store. It sounds like a strange flavor profile, but the three together work like magic. My tweenager arrived home today, scooped a heap of shake into his mouth and said, “Mom! You totally did it! It tastes EXACTLY like the one we ate in DC.” Good stuff right there. Good Stuff.
FOR THE TOASTED MARSHMALLOW SCHMEAR:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 drops Vanilla Butter & Nut Flavor
- 1/4 tsp Butter Flavor
- 1/4 tsp coconut flavor
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
In a small bowl, beat all ingredients together until light, fluffy, and smooth. Cover and set aside.
FOR THE TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS:
- 10-12 large marshmallows
Turn your stovetop on to high. Place a marhmallow on a long, bamboo skewer and hold it over the hot stovetop until it turns golden brown. Repeat with all marshmallows. Set aside.
FOR THE MILKSHAKE:
- 6 cups good quality vanilla bean ice cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Butter & Nut Flavor
- 1 tsp Butter Flavor
- 1 tsp coconut flavor
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 cups milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until the milkshake is smooth. Add more milk, if needed, to help your blender fully process the ingredients.
To serve, pour milkshake into four medium-sized cups. Place a dollop of Toasted Marshmallow schmear on top. Finish off with several toasted marshmallows. Serve immediately and enjoy!