Gourmet Marshmallows - Gateau et Ganache
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.




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November 2007
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Marshmallow Madness ~ Part II

Page 11: Vegan Marshmallows


This is Page 11 of a 12-page review of gourmet marshmallows. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.


Made without animal products, vegan marshmallows are perfect for vegans and strict vegetarians. Instead of gelatin, manufacturers use a vegetable gel like agar agar derived from red algae or seaweed. (Gelatin is a protein that is extracted from the collagen inside the bones and connective tissues of animals such as cattle, horses and pigs). Animal free, these products can also be certified kosher (like Pete’s).

Sweet & Sara

This company makes Vanilla Marshmallow Meltaways and Toasted Coconut Vegan MarshmallowsMarshmallow Meltaways, as well as its own version of the Mallomar. The Vanilla marshmallow, approximately 1-1/8 inches square by 7/8 inch in height, feels heavy in the hand. It is very dense and not nearly as spongy as other marshmallows (a result of using agar instead of gelatin), but with a nice flavor. The Toasted Coconut (shown in photo) is of about the same dimensions and texture; the heavy coat of coconut adds to its attractiveness. They are halfway between delicate and chewier in style. Hands down, these two are the best vegan marshmallows I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, there are no direct sales; natural foods suppliers carrying these marshmallows are listed on the website, and they are available at select Whole Foods Markets. Both varieties are favorites.

Photo by Dhanraj Emanuel | THE NIBBLE.



Vegan Sweets Marshmallows

These are smallish cylinders (about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and of a similar width), with a yellowish cast. The exterior seems tough, but the interior is almost as tender as that of most non-vegan marshmallows, though slightly gritty. The basic marshmallow has a strong vanilla aroma, but offers nothing special in flavor. The company also makes dark chocolate-covered marshmallows. A chewier style.


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