Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer Loves - Frozen Mocha Marlow (Chocolate-Coffee Marshmallow Ice Cream)

Frozen Mocha Marlow
Frozen Mocha Marlow (recipe below).

Every season has its special culinary celebrations: crisp, tart apples in autumn; bubbling, crusted pot pies in winter; and buttery leaf lettuces in spring. Summer heralds its own splendors. Here, I chronicle but a few of mine. What delectable, healthy or hedonistic, comestibles are you enjoying, wherever region you reside in, whatever season is visiting you now?

Juicy, sweet melons (Ambrosia variety).

Black of Tula - Russian Heirloom Tomato
Juicy, acidic tomatoes (Black of Tula variety).

Frozen Mocha Marlow - From the Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook, edited by Ruth Berolzheimer

A marlow is a melted marshmallow dessert dating back to the late 1800s, and a popular early recipe for ice cream. Its texture is like a luxurious mousse with a very rich, lingering mouth feel. Best enjoyed with strong, clear, unsweetened tea, black coffee, or ice water.


1 ounce chocolate
1 cup very strong coffee
16 marshmallows, cut into quarters with a sharp, wet knife (I used store-bought vegan marshmallows)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream


In the top vessel of a double boiler over slowly simmering water, melt the chocolate. Slowly stir in the coffee with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be streaky, not smooth. Add marshmallow quarters, stirring constantly until they are melted. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Using a whisk, beat mixture until smooth. The texture will be somewhat elastic. Allow to cool.

In a separate, large bowl, beat heavy cream until very thick, voluminous, and holds soft peaks. Beat vanilla extract vigorously into marshmallow mixture to thin the elastic texture. Pour and carefully fold into whipped cream with a large plastic spatula to ensure it is well incorporated but maintains volume. Lightly smooth surface. Seal bowl with plastic wrap and place in freezer until mixture is semi frozen, at least 90 minutes*. Remove from freezer and stir mixture briefly to remove ice crystals but maintain volume. Seal bowl again and return to freezer for final curing. Marlow will be soft-serve ready when mixture yields slightly to a spoon but is essentially solid. You can also freeze overnight, removing from freezer 10 minutes prior to serving for smoother and easier scooping. Serves 4-6.--

* Freezing times vary depending on your appliance setting, as well as how crowded your freezer is.

Frozen Mocha Marlow

Vegan Marshmallows
Vegan marshmallows.


This post was inspired by Hema of Salt to Taste, who kindly honored me with an award recently:

Thank you, dear Hema. There are far too many blogs which I love for a variety of reasons. Rather than attempt to list them all at the risk of leaving anyone out, allow me to assure you that my regard for you is more than just a summer fling.


Been There, Done That ~
Cappuccino Canap├ęs
Halvah Ice Cream with Orange-Flower Syrup Apricots
Violet Granita

Other People's Eats~
Peanut Butter Moon Pie Ice Cream Milkshake
Chai Ice Cream
Ricotta-Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Congrats on the award!

    That ice cream is definitely for me! Your pictures are stunning! I really love the tomato one...



  2. This looks so good! Really interesting and yummy dessert.

  3. what a gorgeous cup! I could eat it now :) where did you pick up the vegan marshmallow?

  4. I am enjoying Indian comestibles ;) ;) - actually, all the dark choc that I brought back, and one of those foreign comestibles is the star of my MLLA-14 entry.

    Your question had me thinking, though - I think we're in that in-between period betwee the end of mangoes and the beginning of produce that comes in the later, cooler season, so nothing special right now.

  5. I can't even begin to express how amazingly decadent and delicious that looks! Haven't seen black tomatoes, but they are visually stunning.

  6. i can kill for that icecream!!! im yet to make icecreams and looks like the summers gone already :(

  7. My favorite flavors combined here. A few weeks back I made coffee chocolate ice cream, but no marshmallows. I will HAVE to try it with the mallows.

  8. whenevr i come here, I spend more time looking at ur pics.....and keep telling myself, what a beautiful shot!!! I said that today also...see u re distracting me from ur recipes ..just kidding :)))

  9. I did wonder where those powdered pillows were headed...a perfectly luscious ending.

    Currently loving, despite climate-related misgivings - the spring goodies we are experiencing. Sugar snaps, snow peas and hot chocolate in the evening, made with rice milk.

  10. Susan, this post is stunning. I’ve bookmarked it for future use. I wonder if I can get the vegan marshmallow here though.

  11. This sounds like an excellent recipe. The ice cream looks totally amazing. I think you got me with luxurious mouth feel.

  12. Pictures look absolutely stunning.. very delicious looking ice-cream.

  13. Your ice cream looks so velvety and inviting. I love your backdrop and photography too. You made this without an ice cream maker? I hope to get one soon, hehe

  14. I too heart your blog Susan, very much!

  15. Congrats on your award Susan!
    That dark tomato looks interesting, ive only ever had red tomatos. Does that one have a different taste?
    Ooo i wish i had some of those vegan marshmallows to try.


  16. Congrats on your award!

    This looks and sounds amazing!

  17. I will take the ice cream. Thank you :P

  18. Looks delicious! Our interests are all the same. :)

  19. I am simply smitten with that ice cream, Susan.

  20. Oh my that looks amazing, love your clicks, they are fantastic! Congratulations on your award!

  21. I paused for a longer time at your shot... it is so inviting!
    congrats on your award.. i am sure many of us would like to crown you with that award:)

  22. Wow Susan.. astounding pictures as usual. I could type out another mail praising them.. You rock.. I LOVE your blog indeed :))

  23. Rosa - Thanks! That tomato tasted even better than it looked, almost smokey.

    Thanks, Snooky. I love finding old-fashioned, forgotten treasures.

    Mandira - Thank you! So good to see you. I got the marshmallows from Whole Foods, in the bakery cold case. They are Sweet & Sarah brand - very addictive. As you probably know, vegan mallows are the holy grail of confections for those who don't eat meat.


    Sra - Ah, so it has taken you a month of swearing off Indian while in NY to come back to it at home. ; D

    I do love mangoes and wish I could have found the Indian varieties that have been released for import over the last few years. Alas, they are still allusive.


    Hi, Ricki! Thanks! Black Russian tomatoes are incredible. Surprisingly enough, this one wasn't local, but imported from Canada. ; )

    Superchef - This is so easy to make any time of year. : ) Very good to see you!

    Soma - Aren't chocolate and coffee wonderful together? Marshmallows add texture as well as taste to this recipe. I hope you try it.

    Shn - So very good to see you. A feast for the eyes - thanks - I take that as a compliment. Understood, but without the recipe, there would be no photos. ;P

    L - TA. Sugar snaps and snow peas, alike but different. You are, my dear friend, giving me ideas for a recipe. XOXO

    Hi, Lori! Thank you. It is very rich; a little goes a long way.

    Chakhlere - Thank you!

    A2Z - Thank you! Good to see you!

    Thanks, Wiffy dear! Yes, I made it the old-fashioned way w/out an ice cream maker. You won't miss it with this recipe.

    Cynthia - Kiss, dear girl. Mwah!


    Rose - Thank you. This tomato is very rustic, acidic, and smokey - amazing flavor, really. It puts the average red to shame.

    The vegan mallows are brilliant. I wish you could taste them. As you know, very hard to come by.


    Double thanks, Pam! Good to see you!

    A&N - Soft serve or hard packed? ; D

    Colette - Welcome! Thanks very much!

    Susan - Thanks. : }

    Parita - Thank you kindly for your sweet comments.

    Nanditha - So, you are back! Thank you very much. Chuffed to see you!

    Hema - You are a sweetie! Thanks so much for honoring me. : }

  24. I love ANYTHING and everything ice cream - thanks for sharing, this sounds so good.

  25. WOW...was the word that came out of my mouth...this one looks so yummy..wonderfully presented