Malvi Marshmallow Confections

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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Wondermade

It's a success story heard time and time again. A person is inspired to make something and does a little research. The product is made and turns out to be pretty good, much better than what's in stores. The product is then shared with friends. The friends like them. The person makes more product. Then someone says, "I want to order your product, how much is it?" And, there you have it, a business is born. 

Nathan and Jenn Clark of Orlando, Florida are retelling that same story every day. Together, they craft marshmallows that are high in flavor with minimal ingredients. Their Guinness mallows rolled in pretzel or Bourbon mallows made with Maker's Mark are easy favorites. Especially for manly men...

The best part is each and every marshmallow at Wondermade is handmade. Nathan, "When things are machine made, the human touch is focused on rooting out defects. When things are handcrafted, the human touch is directing a product towards perfection. That's a really huge difference." See their site here for more scrumptious flavors or buy their 4 box gift set for Father's Day, which includes Bourbon, Beer, Maple Bacon and Coffee mallows for just $25, here. 

 

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Candy Cane Marshmallows

I'm not much of a cook, but I like to bake and make pretty things, like these homemade candy cane marshmallows. While recently visiting my mom in Greenville, South Carolina, we followed Martha Stewart's recipe- doubling it to give us 32 big and fluffy marshmallows that we could then divvy up into clear bags with a bow for gifts. Easy and sweet...

As you'll see, the recipe isn't difficult, but it is time consuming and you shouldn't multitask while making marshmallows, the recipe needs you're constant attention. I'd give yourself an hour to make them and just be sure you have a candy thermometer before you begin.

There's a lot of whisking, waiting, mixing...but trust me, it's worth it. A helping hand is a good idea.

In this recipe, the sugar mixture needs to reach 260 degrees, which takes longer than you think- at least 15 minutes. 

Since we doubled the recipe, during the mixing, the marshmallows rose to the tippy top of the bowl and I was worried we'd be in trouble. But my mom didn't flinch, she knew it'd be fine. How do moms know these things? 

After you add the red food coloring, (or whichever color you like) just take a toothpick and mix around. My tip would be to add a few drops at a time as I got over eager and put in too much coloring at once, and then, you know how it goes, you can't take it back. So start off with just a few drops and build from there. 

We fit three marshmallows per plastic bag but there are so many fun ways to package these. My mom and I were at TJ Maxx and found these sweetly labeled hot cocoa blends- a perfect combo. And peruse Martha's site as she has a lot of great ideas, including vanilla or egg nog marshmallows. Yummm.... 

TIPS FROM MOM: 

*A 9X9 tray is best as it makes the marshmallows a little less thick

*After letting them sit for at least a few hours, lift them out of the tray and place on a cutting board to cut

*Cut the marshmallows with a large butcher knife sprayed with PAM cooking spray

*One fun thing to try is to crush candy canes in a ziploc bag, pour the marshmallow mixure into the pan halfway, add the crushed candy canes and then pour the rest of the mixture into the pan. It'll make for a fun surprise...

 

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