Product Description: Mallow is a Seattle-based company that makes artisan marshmallows with no preservatives or artificial ingredients in over 20 different flavors, including Cookies & Cream, Lemon Meringue, Toasted Coconut, Cranberry Orange Spice, Mint Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cup. They are made with kosher gelatin, thus are not vegetarian or vegan, though a vegan marshmallow is in the works. Each square Mallow is approximately 1 ¾-inches by 1 ¾-inches by ¾-inch in height. The 4-pack weighs approximately a quarter pound.
Ingredient List: We tested Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread and their iconic Achocolypse, which is a marshmallow dusted with cocoa and then dipped in Belgian milk chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.
- Pumpkin Pie: Organic cane sugar, (non-high fructose) corn syrup, water, organic pumpkin, kosher gelatin, corn starch, organic spices, kosher salt, canola oil, soy lecithin.
- Gingerbread: Organic cane sugar, (non-high fructose) corn syrup, water, organic molasses, kosher gelatin, corn starch, organic spices, kosher salt, canola oil, soy lecithin.
- Achocolypse: Organic cane sugar, [non-high fructose] corn syrup, milk chocolate (cocoa solids and butter, sugar, skimmed milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla), water, kosher gelatin, organic flavors, organic cocoa nibs, organic cocoa powder, kosher salt, canola oil, soy lecithin.
Test Kitchen Overview: Each package contained four marshmallows in a clear cellophane bag with simple, but attractive labeling. Both the package and the marshmallows arrived in good shape; they seem to ship very well.
We found both the Gingerbread and the Pumpkin Pie flavors to be nicely subtle. The colors were also delicate and restrained, fitting into what we wanted in artisan marshmallows; a jarring orange color for the pumpkin wouldn’t have worked. The texture is slightly chewy, but they yield easily as you bite into them and dissolve meltingly on the tongue. The seasonal flavors sent to us had no acidic bite, however, which left us wondering what that would the Lemon Meringue or Key Lime Pie flavors would be like.
Now, the Achocolypse (above) deserves it’s own paragraph. This, my friends, is an awesome marshmallow. Sweet, but not cloying, the chocolate on the outside contrasts nicely with the tender marshmallow inside. It’s a powerful chocolate experience with layers of flavor and texture. Our favorite.
We sampled all of the marshmallows on their own and also plopped into a few hot beverages. The Achocolypse in strong black tea with milk is an incredibly simple yet luxurious indulgence.
Pros: The prices are reasonable for a handmade product and there are myriad flavors to try. Don’t miss out on the Achocolypse. Mallows toast well, too. Never had a flavored toasted marshmallow? Put it on your bucket list.
Cons: You may find these to be very sweet, but if you are a mallow aficionado you know this comes with the territory. Their shelf life is 90 days, but Mallow suggests consuming within 30, and we agree. Why not say the shelf life is 30 days? Plenty of time for a handmade confection. We also find our marshmallow desires to be mercurial, striking at odd times. With Mallow, you have to plan ahead and order, unless you are in Seattle.
Where to Buy: Local Seattle markets or directly from Mallow.
Price at Time of Review: 4-Pack, $5; 8-Pack, $9; 16-Pack, $17. There are a few flavors packaged in special counts with different pricing.
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Images: Peter Muka
Bakepedia received this product as a gift for review. All opinions are the reviewer’s own.