February is always a busy month for me when it comes to gift giving. My mother, best friend, and sister-in-law, all have birthdays during this month…and, of course, there’s Valentine’s Day. I’ll admit, sometimes my creative gift giving juices have run a bit dry by this time, since it’s only a couple of months after Christmas.
Sometimes, a fun, handmade gift idea comes that can work for multiple gifts!
This S’mores kit was the perfect gift for me to make in bulk and send to my sister-in-law and best friend for lots of reasons.
- S’mores taste amazing
- S’more is the perfect word to use as a pun (helpful for writing birthday cards)
- S’mores are yummy
- S’mores kits ship well
- S’mores are SO delicious
- Pink marshmallows!
Yes. Pink marshmallows from scratch. With real vanilla bean paste and maple syrup!
This marshmallow recipe is easy and so fun to make! It takes a little time because it has to set for a few hours, but the process isn’t hard at all.
- 1 cup water
- 3 tbl gelatin (1 knox envelope is 1 tbl)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbl vanilla bean paste (you can use 4 tsp of vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp pink gel food coloring
- 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling the marshmallows
- Prepare a 9x9 baking dish by spraying it with nonstick spray and coating the inside with powdered sugar.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add half the water and all the gelatin.
- Add remaining water, syrup, sugar, and salt to a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Swirl the pan for about 5 -10 minutes, or until the mixture reaches about 230 degrees.
- Turn mixer on low and combine gelatin and water.
- Keep mixer on low speed and slowly drizzle hot syrup until it is all combined.
- Turn mixer to high speed for about 7-10 minutes or until mixture about triples in size.
- Once marshmallow creme is done, add food coloring and vanilla bean paste and mix on low until marshmallows are pretty in pink.
- Pour marshmallow creme into prepared pan and seal with plastic wrap. Go ahead and let the saran wrap stick to the marshmallow. It will keep a skin from forming before you dust it with more powdered sugar.
- Let cool for at least 3 hours.
- Slice to desired size. I sliced mine to be the exact size of one piece of chocolate and that made About 24.
- You will have to spray the knife with non-stick spray between cuts or it will gum up on the creme.
- Roll in powdered sugar and devour, or seal in airtight container for up to one week.
Each kit contains:
- 8 Graham crackers (16 halves)
- 8 squares of good quality semi-sweet chocolate (4 oz)
- 8 Marshmallows
If you are sending these to a loved one far away, or you are packaging them ahead of time, make sure to put the marshmallows in their own sealed bag, otherwise the graham crackers will soak up their moisture and get soft.
Also, if you decide to double up on the chocolate, I won’t judge!