When I met Laura Curtis Retana in front of her display of Malvi Marshmallow Confections, I was trying not to drool. Her marshmallow creations looked so tasty but I knew I couldn't try them, as I'm (so sadly) allergic to eggs. When I shared this with Laura, her reply was my favorite reply I've ever heard from a baker- "There aren't any eggs!" And then, the love obsession took hold, because these things are ridiculously, incredibly, amazingly delectable.
Laura, "Malvis are all-natural hand made marshmallow cookie sandwiches, like a portable s'mores." She makes her perfectly delicious shortbread-style cookies then adds lots of addictive combinations into her Malvis, like dark chocolate and peppermint, vanilla bean and salted caramel, passion fruit and coconut, blueberries, milk chocolate and cinnamon...and more. Yum.
Vanilla Salted Caramel is her best seller and my personal favorite. Laura, "Salt plays an important role in my baking and the magical salty-sweet combination is on full display in this Malvi."
Laura showed up at my work last month with some new flavors and these Vanilla Salted Caramel Minis. Hold me down, lord, these things make me do something I only do on rare occasions- I eat something so unexpectedly delicious, I just can't even talk. To be overcome with joy and happiness is the experience of eating a Malvi Mini. Laura currently just makes them for special events but hopes to package them for customer consumption very soon. Yes please.
Malvis (which is short for the Spanish word for marshmallow, Malvavisco) are no ordinary marshmallows. Laura, "Marshmallows are 90% air so it's hard to translate flavors through them and most marshmallows are just sugar with a hint of vanilla. Malvis, however, are flavor focused. All the color and flavor in Malvis comes from all-natural, top quality ingredients like organic chocolate, whole bean vanilla and powdered hibiscus. Malvis also have no corn syrup or egg products."
Laura recently added a Sunshine Sampler to her shop, which is a 20 pack of 5 different flavors for just $25. Check out the entirety of her sweet and salty, super tasty marshamallow confections, here. And happy weekend everyone...
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