Initially, Marx Foods approached me about participating in a Candy Cap Mushroom contest. Through a series of unfortunate events including empty grocery shelves and the stomach flu, I was unable to meet the deadline, but I did want to review these mushrooms for you. I ended up using them as a twist on my Thanksgiving dessert, and it worked out quite well!
When the mushrooms arrived, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. Reviews described them as tasting like maple syrup and being very sweet, but the smell was more of a smoky/sweet combination, and somewhat unusual. What would they go well with? I ended up doing something very simple, and it worked out very well. Since dairy takes on flavor so effectively, I let a good handful of the dried mushrooms sit in a small bowl of heavy cream overnight. When I whipped it, I added a couple of teaspoons of maple syrup, resulting in a great smoky/sweet topping for pumpkin pie. My take? Surprisingly good! I'm not sure I could find many uses for these, but as a special treat, they're a fun and unusual accent to a recipe.