Ugh. Sorry?

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

But not. We all know I am anything but sorry here.

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Beer marshmallows are one of my favorite things ever. And I figured there were a few ways they could get better, and subbing bourbon was definitely one of them. So I did that.

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

And that was on a Friday. And I let them sit overnight. And in the morning, I remembered that I had these bourbon marshmallows, and all I could think about was how I wanted one for breakfast, because if it was up to me, I’d eat sweets and dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Obviously… if it was up to me… I wouldn’t be able to fit through the door.


Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Instead of just eating a bourbon marshmallow for breakfast like a normal (???) person, I stuffed that bourbon marshmallow in a s’more once it was toasted. And since this was for BREAKFAST, I added a slice of bacon.

I only fried a few slices of bacon, and before I was able to assemble my s’more, someone (not me) came and ate all of my bacon! This was annoying. You’re killing me smalls.

I fried more.

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Oh but first I made a regular bourbon s’more. To test the waters. See above.

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Then came the bacon. And seriously, you know how much I freaking adore all things s’mores, and you know how much I love bourbon, and well, I’m not even mentioning my stance on bacon. It’s getting quite obnoxious and annoying so I’m just going to eat a slice and shut up. And these… I’m just not sure that there could be a better flavor combination for my very unsophisticated palate. I’m not sure if there is anything better in the world, aside from these s’mores right here.

Except for unexpected 98 Degrees songs on the radio, trashy magazines to save the day mid-workout after your iPod dies, flowy tops at food events, Sex and the City marathons, discovering ten cookies in the back of the freezer and getting lost in a fabulous book. Of course.

And let’s face it: how often do you want a s’more with a side of bacon? The answer is always. Good. We can still be friends.[/donotprint]

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Bourbon Marshmallows

[adapted from these beer marshmallows which were adapted from smitten kitchen]

makes one 9×13 pan

3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)

1/2 cup cold bourbon

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Oil a 9 x 13 baking pan (I actually just used a good bit of Pam) and sprinkle on powdered sugar to cover and coat. Set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer (a whisk attachment is best), pour 1/2 cup cold water and 3 1/2 packs of gelatin. I gently mixed with a spoon once, then let sit while you make the sugar mixture.

In a medium pot combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubbly up so keep yours eye on it so it does not overflow. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees F (measure with a candy thermometer). The mixture will appear to be a lightish brown color – don’t worry, the marshmallows will still be white.

Once mixture is at 240 degrees F, turn off heat and gently pour it in the mixer over the gelatin with the mixer on low speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, turn the mixer to high and beat for for 6-8 minutes. It should grow in size and be white and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes in, add the egg whites to a separate bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. I used a hand mixer to do this. If you don’t have a hand mixer, I assume you have to remove the whisk attachment, clean it (it will be a sticky mess), add a new bowl to the mixer, beat egg whites. Once stiff peaks are formed, add egg whites and vanilla extract to the sugar/gelatin mixture and beat until just combined.

Pour marshmallow mix into the 9 x 13 pan. It will impossibly sticky so be careful, and you will not be able to get it all out of the bowl. Get as much as you can, then spray a spatula with non-stick spray and smooth. Dust powdered sugar on top and let sit to firm up for 3-5 hours. Once firm, turn the pan upside down on a cutting board to release marshmallow rectangle. Cut them into pieces of whatever size you like.

For the s’mores, you obviously need some graham crackers, chocolate bars and crispy bacon. I don’t think I need to give you a recipe for that and insult your intelligence.

Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S'mores I

Now at least you know what you’re doing this weekend! Right right?

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190 Responses to “Bourbon Marshmallow S’mores. (…With Bacon)”

  1. #
    Liz — July 13, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Oh. my. goodness. You seriously never cease to amaze me with these treats!!!!! Best version of s’mores, hands down.


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 13, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    You never cease to amaze me Jess! I’m probably part of a minority that can’t stand beer, but bourbon… NOW we’re talking. Happy Friday indeed! :)


    • Larissa — July 13th, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      I’m in the same minority. These bourbon marshmallows sound amazing!
      And the s’mores? Those pics make me want to lick my computer screen…OMG.


  3. #
    Saule — July 13, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Haha! You made me laugh out loud with this post. Utterly brilliant. xxx


  4. #
    Jorie — July 13, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Jessica you never fail to crack me up. And drool. Jeez… first I stumble on your picture that you pinned for this… I am confident I said “What?!?” out loud… or “Whoa.”… no one to confirm if for me but the dog in the wee hours of the morning… Moving on. These look amazing! Ive not made marshmallows from scratch, but this seems a worthwhile exercise… perhaps rum-shmallows? (said the rum girl.). Cheers! Great post!


  5. #
    Kim in MD — July 13, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    These are crazy! Excuse me now while I pick my jaw off of the floor…. ;-)


  6. #
    ellenbcookery — July 13, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Are you looking to have some company this weekend? YUM!


  7. #
    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — July 13, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Okay that’s it! I’m making homemade marshmallows. Done & done.


  8. #
    Jessica L. — July 13, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I want this. Immediately.


  9. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 13, 2012 @ 8:41 am



  10. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — July 13, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Oh. My. Word.

    My husband who thinks he “doesn’t like s’mores” is about to have his MIND BLOWN. Girl! Simply incredible!!!

    PS… I could stare at these pictures all day.


  11. #
    Devon | The Food Bitch Blog — July 13, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I love bacon. I love s’mores. WIN.


  12. #
    Kelly — July 13, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Um…wow. It cracks me up how much you love bacon and what you think up to do with it. Your creativity is off the need to do one of the cooking segments on the Today show.


  13. #
    Stephanie — July 13, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    You’re swell.


  14. #
    Jessica — July 13, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I think our shared love of things sweet and savory is the final nail in the twins-separated-at-birth-but-both-mysteriously-named-Jessica-theory. Or our love of hot pink, either or.


  15. #
    Melanie S. — July 13, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    These could finally be what convinces me to make my own marshmallows! :)


    • Melanie — July 13th, 2012 @ 10:19 am

      Do it!! It’s SO much easier than you think it will be.

      P.S. Cool name… lol


      • Melanie S. — July 13th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

        LOL – thanks – you too! :)

  16. #
    Mel G — July 13, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Yay bacon!!!!!


  17. #
    Brittany — July 13, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Wow!!! This look right up Isaac’s alley.


  18. #
    Rachel {Studio Cuisine} — July 13, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Genius. Again and again. It’s recipes like this that are the reason your blog is the first one I check every single morning. I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next!


    • Jessica — July 13th, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      Thank you Rachel!


  19. #
    Maria — July 13, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    my head just exploded. I love bacon, s’mores and you.


  20. #
    Jill — July 13, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Oh, my.


  21. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — July 13, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Are you freakin’ kidding me right now?!? OMG. I want like 457,000 of these for breakfast every day for the rest of my life and I don’t even like bourbon!!!! And then I’ll have 10,000 of its babies.


  22. #
    angryworkingmom — July 13, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    That is the best food porn I’ve seen in a while…


  23. #
    Beth @ Kitchen Minions — July 13, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Now that is what I call the breakfast of champions!


  24. #
    Raquel — July 13, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    These look amaz and I Love the 98 degrees reference, I was their craziest stalker! Haha


  25. #
    Sara N. — July 13, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Now this would make for an interesting camping adventure! Salty, sweet, and the bourbon flavor…awesome!


  26. #
    Sarah R. — July 13, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    “You’re killing me smalls” = best Sandlot/ smore quote of all times. I say this often to my dog, usually when he’s stepping on my foot, incessantly licking my face, or doing some other doglike behaviour. Anyway, Bourbon marshmallows are genius, and I think a homemade smore party is next on my bucket list for the summer (I just did a homemade lemon shake-ups party). Thanks for the inspiration! I may have to find a way to combine this idea with my plan to host a John Candy movie marathon- ideally with friends gathered around a fire in my backyard with the movies projected on our neighbor’s shed…


  27. #
    Cait's Plate — July 13, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    If there’s bacon, it’s a legitimate breakfast. Period.


  28. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 13, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    You do the craziest combos on here — this looks AMAZING!!


  29. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — July 13, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    “flowy tops at food events…” you’re so freaking hilarious:))!! best thing ever for sure…aside from the above recipe!


  30. #
    Penny @ Big Spoon, Little Spoon — July 13, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Love the Sandlot kids reference. Bombest movie ever. Made me want to move to America and eat smores FOR-EV-VER.


  31. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — July 13, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Omg. I want this NOWWWWW.


  32. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — July 13, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    This is so unbelievably awesome. I need to make these happen this summer.


  33. #
    Joanne — July 13, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    For real…I’m going to have to buy more flowy tops after encountering these. That’s just the truth.


  34. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 13, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    THIS is a beautiful thing my friend!


  35. #
    JulieD — July 13, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    OMG – I’m going to make s’mores soon with the biscoff butter cups. But hello…I want to try to make homemade marshmallows…stat!!


  36. #
    36 — July 13, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    bourbon marshmallow s’mores – oh yum! i really need to get on this making your own marshmallows train.


  37. #
    Alexa — July 13, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I’m in love with these! Genius!


  38. #
    Alysha @Shesontherun — July 13, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    MMMM! I’ve made my own marshmallows before, but the ended up really soft. I think I still need to find that sweet spot on when it finish mixing them.


  39. #
    Mia — July 13, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    I wonder if I can make these with vodka (my liquor of choice). And since they sell some sort of Marshmallow flavored vodka, I’m pretty sure the answer is yes!


  40. #
    Chris — July 13, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I don’t think Smalls or the rest of the SandLot crew know what they are missing!! We are banned from making bonfires right now so this is the perfect solution for missing the s’mores over the fire. Add a little bacon? My husband loves you!!


  41. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 13, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Homemade marshmallows are a delicacy! And soaked in bourbon…sounds about perfect!


  42. #
    brandi — July 13, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    well, sorry skinny jeans. you won’t be fitting for a while.


  43. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — July 13, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Holy creativity!

    I share your adoration of all things s’mores…adding bourbon and bacon? Needs to be my breakfast this weekend (and possibly dinner too…)


  44. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 13, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I love all of these ingredients sooo why not put them all together?! :)


  45. #
    sara — July 13, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Whoa, these look amazing!! Totally in love…what a decadent, delicious treat!


  46. #
    Irene — July 13, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    How do you get the bacon so crispy and photo-worthy? Mine always look like they’re burnt or become really small. And, I can’t fry them so evenly…


  47. #
    Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff — July 13, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Are you freaking kidding me? S’mores was enough to make me drool, but then adding bacon? You owe me a new laptop, as mine has now started to malfunction due to the constant stream of drool running from my mouth over this.


  48. #
    Dixie — July 13, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    These look fabulous. I’m a huge fan of cooking with beer and whiskey.


  49. #
    Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — July 13, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Sweet. Baby. Jesus. I think you’ve outdone yourself here. I can’t decide if adding bourbon to your ‘mallows or adding bacon to a s’more was the better decision. Cannot wait to try these!


  50. #
    Katie — July 13, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    You are absolutely my best friend. I mean…seriously?!


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