Sometimes chocolate and marshmallows aren’t enough for a show-stopping dessert, and you need that extra special ingredient – MAGIC! Deano’s Dragon Breath Bombs captivated an audience of kids when I made them on “Rachael vs. Guy,” and they even managed to impress the adults. There are a lot of cooks out there who aren’t familiar with molecular gastronomy, or have never experimented with it themselves. So for all you newbies, this is a great dessert recipe that gives you the chance to play around before you use the technique with expensive ingredients. If you do it right, you’ll be able to serve some sweet treats while basking in the glory of an astonished audience.
10 oz. bag of marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
3 tbls butter or margarine
½ cup chocolate chips
Rainbow sprinkles for topping
Liquid nitrogen (a/k/a “LN2″ – handle with great care, this is a fun but potentially dangerous ingredient)
Work gloves or oven mitts
Large stainless steel bowl
Metal or plastic jug for liquid nitrogen
Slotted spoon (or spider)
Towel to be placed between stainless steel bowl and work surface (the liquid nitrogen will freeze right through to whatever it is sitting on)
In a large pot, melt the butter or margarine. When melted, add marshmallows, and let melt with the butter, stirring regularly. In a big bowl, put your 6 cups of Rice Krispies. When marshmallows are melted and silky smooth, add to the Rice Krispies and mix well. Working quickly.
Add chocolate chips. Depending on the temperature of the Krispies mix, your chips may melt, and you’ll have chocolate Krispies squares. If you add them as the mixture gets stiff and cool, they’ll stay intact as chips. It’s completely up to you.
Spread mixture out evenly on a greased pan (veg oil) with an oiled spatula or waxed paper. Dust with rainbow sprinkles and refrigerate. When cool, cut into 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
Add about 2-3 inches of liquid nitrogen into stainless steel bowl. Make sure to wear your goggles and gloves. Make sure to pour LN2 very slowly into the bowl (warning: LN2 will burn your skin or anything it comes in contact with instantly)! Drop 8 to 10 Krispie squares into liquid nitrogen for 30-40 seconds. Scoop out with a spyder or slotted spoon. Put on a separate plate, count to 10 and enjoy. Thrills and chills will ensue. Not to mention dragon’s breath coming out of your mouth and nose.
Have you eaten anything that’s taken your breath away lately? Please tell me about it in the comments below!
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