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 4: Bauer’s Caramel Marshmallows, Cocoa Dolce,
Chris’ & DeBrand Marshmallows
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Bauer’s Candy Modjeskas
About 1-1/2 inches long by 1-1/4 inches wide by 3/4 inch tall, these are soft caramel “pillows” with a marshmallow center. They’re very sweet. These are chewy, as you might expect, but not excessively so.
The Modjeska has been produced since 1889 by the Bauer family. Named in honor of a Polish actress. Madame Helena Modjeska, a queen of the European stage who appeared in 1883 at the McCauley Theater in Louisville, Kentucky in the U.S. debut Henrick Ibsen’s play, “A Doll's House.” Her theatrical performance was enthralling to many, including a local candy maker, who was honored by an introduction to the beautiful actress. He asked, and she granted permission, to name his most recent confection, the “Caramel Biscuit,” after her.
Photo courtesy of Bauer’s Candies.
Cocoa Dolce Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows
Will Beth Tully and her kitchen elves please produce something slightly imperfect just once, as vague assurance that they’re human? About 1-1/4 inches by 1-1/4 inches by 1 inch tall, these are vanilla bean marshmallows covered in moderately dark chocolate, with some white chocolate striping for decoration. This marshmallow is a cross between sophisticated and playful, with the quality flavors of both chocolate and marshmallow shining through. Tender and delicate. A favorite.
Photo courtesy of Cocoa Dolce.
Chris’ Classic Confections
Since we first tasted these marshmallows, Chris and Barbara have closed their retail shop and are now making marshmallows by special order. The Lemon marshmallow is incredible! You can see the zest in the piece, which is quite tart and very lemony. A tender and delicate style of marshmallow. The company makes Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Fresh Strawberry, Lemon, Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla. The Vanilla has a good vanilla taste; the Double Chocolate is of a light-to-medium chocolate-colored interior, with ground chocolate on the outside and a very pleasant, moderate chocolate impact. The Fresh Strawberry, of a very pale pink and with a few seeds, has a delicate strawberry taste. I like the Chocolate Chip, which seems to be more of a marbled chocolate, although you do find occasional small, flat chocolate bits in the marshmallow. Like the Strawberry, it is quite sweet; there is a mild chocolate flavor, except when you bite into one of those chocolate bits, which bumps up the chocolate impact. The sweet taste strikes first in the Pumpkin Pie, but you’ll notice a pumpkin flavor, too, followed by a burst of sweet spices.
Phone to order: 1.831.595.1480.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
We tried the Berry and Cinnamon flavors; Cocoa and Vanilla are also available. These are small cubes, approximately 1-1/8 inches on each side. With Cinnamon—a vanilla marshmallow with a cinnamon exterior—you can smell the spice as soon as the package is opened. The cinnamon impact was somewhat too pronounced for me and other NIBBLE staff members, but a number of friends pronounced these to be “just right.” The Berry marshmallow is a very stylish purple-pink shade (photo at right). It contains berry juice concentrate, which not only gives it a pretty color, but provides a nice berry aroma. The berry concentrate even adds a much-appreciated element of tartness and berry flavor, toning down the sweetness of the marshmallow. A tender and delicate style. The Berry is a favorite.
Photo by Dhanraj Emanuel | THE NIBBLE.
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