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
Updated March 2009

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Marshmallow Madness ~ Part II

Page 6: Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows & Other Delicious Varieties


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Ladybug Chocolates Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

This company does marshmallow bars (actually squares), enrobing them in dark or milk chocolate. We tasted Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bars and Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Caramel Bars; there is also Rocky Road with peanut Ladybug Marshmallowsbutter and butterscotch. I really liked the chocolate coating on both marshmallow bars; the couverture, a blend of Guittard chocolates, is neither too sweet nor too bittersweet for the marshmallows, and the ratio of chocolate to marshmallow is just about ideal. The Marshmallow Bars are about 1-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches by 3/4 inch tall, while the Marshmallow Caramel Bars are approximately 1-3/4 inches by 1-3/4 inches by just under 1 inch tall. The latter have a thin (but sufficient) layer of caramel on the bottom. While the flavor of the caramel tends to be a bit overwhelmed by the dark chocolate, it nonetheless provides another nice textural element. A chewier style of marshmallow.
Photo of chocolate covered marshmallows courtesy of Ladybug Chocolate.



Laura’s Candy

Here is a culinary wonder indeed, for Laura’s makes marshmallows that are less sweet than others I’ve tried. They do have some sweetness to them, but Laura tells me she concentrates on letting the flavors come Mocha Marshmallow - Laura's Candy Marshmallowsthrough in these treats, rather than just a sugary taste. We tried Vanilla, Peppermint, Double Mocha Latte (shown in the photo at right) and Chocolate Raspberry, cubes about 1-1/3 inches square by 1 inch in height. The Vanilla have a lovely taste of vanilla—it’s certainly noticeable, but it doesn’t knock you down. The Peppermint are simply gorgeous, with deep pink, festive swirls in their top surfaces. You’ll get a strong mint aroma even before the package is opened, and a very strong (but not unpleasant) peppermint flavor. The Mocha (referred to as “Double Mocha Latte” on the website, but simply “Mocha” on the package), contain specks of ground coffee, but you’ll smell the coffee even before you bite through the cocoa exterior. These marshmallows have a very fine coffee flavor, though not much in the way of a chocolate taste. The Chocolate Raspberry marshmallow, made with real raspberries, is excellent, with a beautiful color, tart berry flavor and raspberry seeds. However, the cocoa exterior doesn’t provide sufficient chocolate flavor for me, and it tastes rather flat. Tender and delicate in style. The Peppermint is a favorite.
Photo of Double Mocha Latte Marshmallows by Dhanraj Emanuel | THE NIBBLE.


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