Alright, my iced coffee problem has gotten a bit out of control. You'd think that living in a country where iced coffee isn't really available at the local coffee shop would reduce my consumption of said beverage, but apparently not. My cold coffee toddy and my newfound discovery of the ease of simple syrups (no vigorous stirring! What a breeze!) have taken my addiction from delightfully quirky to worrisome.
But really guys, this simple syrup isn't just for coffee! It can be added onto anything, though it will probably be something unhealthy. Ice cream! Martinis! S'mores-inspired things! If you dream it, you can do it.
And you know what? This toasted marshmallow simple syrup will make you look so cool. Host a brunch day with your friends and alongside the mimosas (because brunch is not a thing without those), set up an iced coffee bar and set this baby out. You will be so on trend and so incredibly hip. Everyone will ooh and ahh over how tasty and beautiful everything is, and then Instagram about it, and then everyone who didn't get invited will be so jealous, and isn't that what we all want in life? To be the subject Instagram jealousy? Because if you don't Instagram it, it never happened.
Or just slam it down with your afternoon iced coffee while you're still getting your shit together in your sweats at home with your hair undone. Because you can be awesome and not have to tell anyone about it.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
- This recipe is just like the burnt sugar simple syrup we showed you earlier, but with fluff! You can check out that recipe here, or I'll just go ahead and add the directions because life is hard and making coffee shouldn't be.
- Place the sugar in a pot with high sides on medium heat. Melt the sugar, stirring often (I used a silicone spatula) so it does not burn. To achieve the burnt taste, heat until the sugar turns a darker color and just until it starts to smoke and smell a bit. The sugar may also form strange chunks in the beginning, but do not worry – these will melt.
- Once the sugar is melted, quickly pour the water over the sugar, but stand back and be careful, as the process is quite dramatic and may sputter. Stir and melt on low or medium-low until any remaining chunks of sugar are dissolved.
- Let the syrup cool for about 2 minutes, so it's warm but not piping hot, and then mix in the marshmallow fluff, whipping quickly to get it incorporated. Later on, it may still separate, but just give the syrup a stir or a shake before serving. Let cool, then store in an airtight container — it should keep for two weeks.
**Be very careful when making this simple syrup, as it can burn quickly and also get to a smoke point if you're not paying attention. I would suggest watching a few YouTube videos on the process (similar process to caramel simple syrup) before attempting it, especially if this is your first caramel. Also make sure to be constantly stirring and do not walk away from the pan while it's cooking.
Photos and text © Katie Currid, 2015. All rights reserved.