A resounding “Bravo!” went out to the marshmallows from Gateau et Ganache of Palo Alto, California. Above, their Blackberry marshmallow. Photography by Dhanraj Emanuel | THE NIBBLE.
STEPHANIE ZONIS is a Contributing Editor.
Updated March 2009
Marshmallow Madness ~ Part II
Page 9: Sophia’s Sweets & Dulces Del Rocío Marshmallows
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Sophia’s Sweets Marshmallows
This fine artisan bakery makes marshmallows in Chocolate, Mocha, Lemon, Orange, Raspberry and Vanilla. Except for the Chocolate, which run about 1-1/4 inches square by 1 inch tall, these marshmallows are roughly 1-3/4 inch cubes. They have some crunch to them, thanks to a sprinkling of sanding sugar on the top and bottom. The Chocolate has a medium-brown inside, with a nice, solidly chocolate flavor. The Mocha, which is a very pale color, has a surprisingly rich coffee flavor. But the real stars of this show are the Lemon and Orange, featuring citrus zest you can see. Biting into them is like biting into a fluffy, sweet, citrus cloud (with some crunch from the sugar crystals). You get genuine citrus flavor in abundance, which mellows the sweetness of the confection. Terrific! A tender and delicate style of marshmallow. Right now, you must call to order. The Lemon and Orange are favorites.
Also read our review of Sophia’s excellent, gluten-free panforte.
Photo courtesy of Sophia’s Sweets.
Split Bean Coffee Marshmallows
This company sells marshmallows under the Dulces Del Rocío label. Current flavors include Coconut, Banana, Mint, Pumpkin-Spice and Vanilla. The marshmallows are about 2 inches by 1-1/4 inches by 1 inch tall. I’m as impressed by Split Bean’s judicious use of flavorings and colorings (neither is employed to excess) as I am by their honesty. Roger, with whom I spoke, told me that he doesn’t consider their marshmallows to be “all natural,” as they use corn syrup and gelatin. That’s just not something you hear a candy maker say every day!† I especially like the Coconut, a sentiment echoed by my NIBBLE colleagues who tasted them. They are a pale yellow-green and coated with fine, thin shreds of coconut. Also notable is the Mint, of a pretty, pale green and with just the right quantity of mint flavor. Because I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, I never thought I’d enjoy a Pumpkin-Spice marshmallow, but the element of autumn spices really adds an unexpected and fun touch. Chewier style. Shown in the photo are Pumpkin-Spice and Mint.
Photo by Dhanraj Emmanuel | THE NIBBLE.
†EDITOR’S NOTE: In general, food is considered all natural if it is made without chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and colorings. Gelatin and corn syrup are both naturally-derived products, not chemically processed.
See more flavors and photos of Dulces del Rocío marshmallows in our review of Gourmet Green Marshmallows.
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