A resounding “Bravo!” went out to the marshmallows from Gateau et Ganache of Palo Alto, California. Above, their Blackberry marshmallow. Photo by Dhanraj Emanuel | THE NIBBLE.
STEPHANIE ZONIS is a Contributing Editor.
Updated March 2009
Marshmallow Madness ~ Part II
Page 3: Artisan Candies & Artisan Marshmallows’ Handmade Marshmallows
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I’ve divided the marshmallows into two textural categories: tender and delicate or chewier. Nothing chosen for review was either overly chewy or too delicate, but it’s up to you to decide which type you prefer. THE NIBBLE tasting team, who tasted marshmallows after I did, concluded that the first important thing was how exciting the interpretation of the flavor was, although the more delicate, airy, ethereal marshmallows, being the exception rather than the rule, were more of a thrill.
This company didn’t make it into the formal tasting because the products didn’t arrive on schedule. Thus, while they normally would not be included here, the Lavender Honey Vanilla marshmallows (shown in the photo) were very highly regarded by THE NIBBLE editors, who nibbled them plain, in lavender s’mores and as hot chocolate garnishes. They pronounced them memorable—redolent of lavender, beautifully flavored and very pretty with lavender buds pressed into the top—and lobbied for their inclusion in the review.
The marshmallows are large: 2 inches by 1-3/4 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches wide. Lavender Honey Vanilla is a summer flavor; the current flavors are Bavarian Creme, Honey Vanilla, Mint, Pumpkin Spice and Strawberry. A delicate style of marshmallow.
Due to unseasonably hot weather that prevailed while I was ordering products for this article, I was only able to try the plain, Vanilla marshmallows, which contain almond flavoring and have a rather strong almond taste. For the most part, however, Artisan Marshmallows specializes in fancier examples of this art. Varieties range from Raspberry Almond (the Vanilla marshmallow topped with raspberry jam, half-dipped in chocolate, then garnished with an almond slice) to Pineapple Coconut (the Vanilla marshmallow with a layer of pineapple/apricot jam, half-dipped in chocolate, and topped with toasted coconut)—sold in an assorted gift box. They also enrobe vanilla marshmallows in dark chocolate and embellish them with cocoa butter transfer designs—elegant enough for wedding favors.
The marshmallows are about 1-1/2 inches square and a little more than 1 inch tall. This is a chewier style of marshmallow. As of this writing, Artisan Marshmallows ships seasonally only, and you must call to order (no online sales, but you can see the products on the website).
Photo of chocolate-covered marshmallows courtesy of Artisan Marshmallows.
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