Before today, I'd never eaten a marshmallow.
As an almost-lifelong vegetarian, I suppose this isn't very surprising given that ordinary marshmallows contain gelatine which is Nasty.
I mentioned my marshmallow deficit while commenting on Johanna's blog and a little while later got a lovely comment from Single White Female pointing me towards Sweet & Sara, an American company making vegan marshmallows. Unfortunately, their online store doesn't ship to the UK, so I sent an email asking them about UK stockists and they suggested I check out Sweet Vegan.
Now, these are not cheap marshmallows by any stretch (and I thought the postage was expensive until I saw that they actually paid quite a lot more on stamps than they charged me!) but since I've always wondered what I was missing out on, I had to order a box.
I was a bit nervous before I tasted one - what if I didn't like it? Then what would I do with the rest of the box? (Okay, that's a silly question... I have a husband for that kind of thing!)
I needn't have worried. They're sticky and sweet and... well, fairly unremarkable I suppose, but nice. Soft, gooey, sugary things. From the outside they feel a bit like Turkish Delight but of course they're completely different once you bite into it. I ate half a one and then started thinking about what to do with the rest. The obvious necessities are to save one for my mum (who's vegan) and to get my husband to answer the burning question: are these like real marshmallows? After all, you wouldn't want to assume you knew about cheese after trying vegan 'cheese'.
The box had 14 marshmallows - I need to make these last, and I need to make it exciting. My mental list of things to do with marshmallows (based on watching other people throughout my life) only runs as far as:
- Float them on hot chocolate
- Melt over a candle flame and sandwich between two chocolate hob-nobs
- Make 'rocky road' sweets
Please help me out here if you have any marshmallow recipes or some obvious ideas I've missed...