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Heaven-Sent

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Move over Sweet and Sara, there’s a new vegan marshmallow in town! And just who would have the smarts, skills, and creativity to make this elusive confection? You! Well, it’s thanks to the innovative folks over at Angel Food and their revolutionary marshmallow kits, but you’re the one who’s actually cooking up these sweet treats, so you can take at least some credit here, right?

Based in New Zealand, they’ve been busily cranking out cruelty-free marshmallows for lucky locals, but when trying to ship them abroad, it seems that those fragile mallows go south quickly. In order to share their creations with vegans abroad, they’ve developed an ingenious way to ensure freshness, no matter how far away; By sending the basic ingredients in two packets for the recipient to put together for themselves. Supply your own sugar, syrup, and starch, and you’ve got yourself a highly economical and crafty indulgence, much more fun than picking up a pack at the store and less pricey (all things considered) than the current alternatives.

Whipping up a steady foam in no time, the most difficult part of the whole endeavor is waiting. Waiting for to achieve soft peaks, waiting for the syrup to boil, waiting for the syrup to cool down, and then waiting for the marshmallows to set. The same could be said for any marshmallow recipe, so patience is perhaps the most important ingredient in this process.

After letting them set up over night, I cut my pristine white slab into small cubes, some of them more ragged than others due to the incredibly soft nature of the marshmallow, but all of them more than edible. In fact, the ugly ones were first to go- I was just cleaning up, after all.

Surprisingly soft, they really were cloud-like, dissolving into an ephemeral sweet whisper onto my tongue with hints of vanilla. Not even the least bit chewy as I expect from marshmallows, they showed no resistance when faced with the most gentle of bites. Simply melting away as if they never existed in the first place, it was easy to keep on popping the pale squares into my mouth one after another, proving them to be dangerously addictive indeed. If it says anything about the marshmallows (or perhaps my sweet tooth) I’m certain I was responsible for at least half of that batch going missing after a mere 24 hours.

The good news is that they get even better with age- Those that I could leave be for a bit longer began to form a pleasant crust around the outside, giving them more texture and substance than those newborn mallows. The bad news is that hardly any of them lived long enough to reach that stage. I would highly recommend hiding the entire pan someplace for at least a day or two before digging in, but trust me, this is much easier said than done.

Being so light and fluffy, I really could imagine these marshmallows as treat that angels might munch on… But now, a little bite of heaven is much more attainable than ever before.

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

33 thoughts on “Heaven-Sent

  1. I found myself plowing through them as well. I put some in the refrigerator & they got a bit denser & were lovely!

  2. Ooh, they are so lovely! You lucky girl!

  3. Mmmm those look delicious. Now I’m just waiting for you to come up with a perfect vegan marshmallow recipe! :) I haven’t seen any vegan marshmallows around where I live.

  4. I worked in a vegan shop and we got to be the guinea pigs for these marshmallows, yummmm!

  5. Why should vegans get to eat marshmallows?

  6. Finally! I appreciate your dedication and commitment! They are just beautiful!!

  7. Ooh, now I want marshmallows! You have done a great job with those of yours, even if they might be gone already. :)

  8. Yummy! I love marshmallows but only homemade. I can’t wait to see the recipe. :)

  9. OMG, those pics look soooo yummy.

  10. Your pictures are so gorgeous. How do you do the lighting?

  11. I saw this and quickly scrolled down looking for the recipe, thinking “what’s the gelatine substitute??” I was gutted to see it was from a packet because living in New Zealand it’d never be available here… I should really have started reading at the top first! Very exciting! Can’t wait to get my hands on some.

  12. These look wonderful!!! I love how thick the foam got.

  13. Wow, Hannah, thanks for the rave review! I’m so pleased you like them.
    The photos are great – especially the glamour shot of the foam on the whisk – it looks like something out of a 1930s movie somehow!
    Thanks again,
    Alice

  14. I love how you managed to capture their delicate texture in a photo. the lighting in the first picture is beautiful.

  15. Oh they look so perfect!! I’m trying to get a hold of the marshmallow kits to have fun with too…. I want to use mine with some chocolate fondue….

  16. Love the photo of the mixer whisking the mixture.

  17. they just look *so* fabulous! i haven’t had marshmallow for such a long time… i’d love to have some!

  18. Oh, that’s a sexy marshmallow. And the whip’s pretty freaking gorgeous. Do you think these would toast if they got stale enough? Or is that wistful thinking?

    Also – any luck with your Brownie Points marshmallows lately? :)

  19. Yeah, the Angel Food marshmallows are totally delicious (I live in New Zealand so I get to have them fresh from my local health food store). I didn’t know they made a marshmallow making kit. That’s really cool! They also make the most delicious vegan coconut fudge so if you ever get the chance to try it I totally recommend it.

  20. this looka absolutely gorgeous, must taste like made in heaven!

  21. They look sooo yummy!!! love your pix!!!!

  22. light, fluffy, homemade VEGAN marshmallows – a heaven-sent treat, indeed!

  23. Oh, dear. I’m practically drooling.

  24. Holy crap, those look amazing!

    Hey, how do I subscribe to your feed? I don’t see an RSS feed anywhere. Also, you’re on my blogroll.

  25. they sound delish! and they look like vanilla speckled ice cream squares lol.

    must go try some myself ^_~

    Hugs

  26. Hey are friends allowed free samples? :-) Yum they look great. I went to buy some at Garnet Station but had no money in my “walk shorts” . Will take some for treats next time I am out and about!

  27. Pete’s Gourmet has good vegan marshmallows too and they make really good microwave smores but i’m not sure about real ones… some good dark chocolate meijers organic graham crackers and some of those mmmmmm good… yours also look delectable i’ll have to look into that!

  28. These or some other vegan marshmallows could TOTALLY be the base for a vegan ile flottante (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_island_%28dessert%29 or alternatively http://flickr.com/photos/20077274@N00/330110015/ for a NON VEGAN visual of the traditional dessert). just sayin’ it’s a totally rad opportunity!

  29. do you think; if left to cure a bit; they would be campfire-roastable?

  30. Hmmm. I know that marshmallows were originally made with mallow root extract or powder in order to give them structure, rather than egg. Do you know if that version was vegan?

  31. THANK YOU!!! I have been searching for a way to make fondant in vegan form and these marshmallows would make the perfect substitute for homemade, vegan fondant! Thanks again!

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