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Just the name alone has me drooling. Chocolate…caramel…covered…marshmallows… and sea salt. Say it really slow with me. Your mouth is watering, isn’t it?
I wanted to make something fun for the kids (okay, and me and my husband, too) for Valentine’s Day. We’re out of our strict detox phase, but I didn’t want something with a ton of gluten. I picked my battle and sugar definitely won over the gluten.
But, these are a healthier version, yes, sirree. Because my marshmallows are GMO, and gluten free, plus they’re vegan. I found this awesome brand at our local co-op called Dandies or you can snag them from our affiliate partner Amazon Dandies Air-puffed Vanilla Marshmallows.
I do want to make a batch of homemade marshmallows, but there was just too much going on this week. I’m slowly learning I can’t do everything I want, and for something we only have occasionally, I’d rather invest my time making homemade versions of things we eat daily.
Now, the caramel sauce is amazingly easy, frugal, and oh so yummy. I mean eat it with a spoon, lick-your-finger, clap your hands good.
Take a can of sweetened condensed milk and pour it into a wide mouthed Mason jar. Put a lid and band on it. Fill your slow-cooker with water to just above the line of the milk on the outside of the jar. Cook on low for about 4 to 5 hours. Done!
The chocolate sauce is super duper easy. I’m big on GMO free products, and again, my co-op carries these GMO, dairy, and gluten free chocolate chips, but if you don’t have a co-op or store nearby, our affiliate partner Amazon has the same brand of these Chocolate Chips here. You melt 1 cup of the chips with 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and viola, healthy chocolate dipping sauce.
Try not to inhale all of these in one sitting. Or just make a double batch. 🙂
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.