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Fine and Dandy

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Indelibly imprinted into my developing, maliable mind at a young age was the fact that Easter meant marshmallows, and more to the point, marshmallows shaped like adorable bunnies and chicks, covered in sugar, and completed with beady little sugar-based eyes. Strangely fascinated by these florescent, saccharine candies, their inexplicable attraction grew as I saw them as less than an edible foodstuff, but as a toy to deconstruct and explore the inner workings.

Much like the child who is driven to pull apart the brand new flat screen tv in order to perform a technological lobotomy, I couldn’t leave those curious candy pillows alone until I found out what made them tick. Or why they existed in the first place, since they clearly weren’t meant for consumption. Early videos saved somewhere deep in the nether regions of digital storage have recorded evidence of just this; Frame after frame of my eager hands setting innocent-looking Peeps on fire, investigating the effects of microwaving, and my favorite, enlisting the help of my dad to run over them with his car. The mental image of that Peep pancake clinging with ferocious stickiness to the wheel of that tire will likely stay with me forever. For years afterward, I couldn’t pass by a display of those multicolored oddities without quietly poking them, still springy and squishy despite the plastic barrier.

Luckily, this bizarre obsession has come to pass, now that the Chicago Soy Dairy, masterminds behind the only jet-puffed vegan marshmallows, Dandies, has released their own, actually edible version. Dubbed “Tweets,” their soft pastel hues are in sharp contrast to their predecessors, and no longer appear to be the result of terrible nuclear fallout. Better yet, these subtle colors hint at actual flavors, and logical ones at that; Yellow chicks are lemon, orange bunnies, orange.

I only had the pleasure of sampling the pale but cheerful yellow mallow chicks, and while the flavor was very subdued, with just the barest hint of citrus essence, I could appreciate that it added more complexity to the confection overall. Far better than simply sugar-flavored treats, these gave me a reason to want to take a second bite. Where they really shine, however, is in the texture department. Crunchy on the outside thanks to the liberal application of granulated sugar, and fantastically soft but chewy on the inside, they are both fluffy and substantial all at once. All elements combined, that ends up as a rather terrifically addictive treat. Though they do lack the classic confectionery eyes, perhaps that’s a good thing- I have a feeling that a number of vegans might feel uneasy about chomping down on their Easter treats while the adorable marshmallows are staring right back.

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Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

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

15 thoughts on “Fine and Dandy

  1. I love that you were so fascinated with deconstructing peeps as a child! Too funny :) I remember my family would always get them for me but I hated them! Anyway these ones sound so good! And yes. I love that they don’t have eyes. I definitely don’t want to feel like I’m eating an animal! Have a great day!

  2. I was never a big fan of Peeps. I thought they tasted kind of weird…like 5 year old stale marshmallows (which they probably were). I did however enjoying watching them get all warped in the microwave. Hehe.

  3. Vegan Marshmallow just the word makes me jump with joys and your creativity with the picture is beyond words can describe. I am glad you were deconstructing peep child as we now can enjoy these beautiful post with the most amazing picture.

  4. I have always wondered why peeps are multi-colored when they all taste exactly the same. I’d much rather have this natural REAL version. Anyday.

    I can’t believe you got your dad to run over peeps with his car. That is awesome.

  5. OK your dad rocks for driving over a peep for you. Hilarious!

  6. these look and sound delicious!

  7. They are so cute, but out of stock everywhere. Been looking for some for my vegan grandson. He is only 2 and these would be so much fun for him. I am glad they have an alternative, but sad not enough in stock to meet the demand. :o(

  8. It’s funny – I am dying to try these Tweets, but I never much cared for Peeps! I think I’m attracted to the novelty of the whole thing – in addition to the fact that Dandies are DELICIOUS. But regular ol’ gelatin-filled Peeps always tasted sickly sweet on the inside with an almost bitter sugar coating. Blech!

    These are too cute!!

  9. Hahah I can’t believe your dad ran one over with the car!! Why?? That is too funny. Do these still make one’s teef hurt from the sugar?

  10. Very funny post Hannah.
    xo
    Eco Mama

  11. I dont eat pork products, so I don’t eat anything with gelatin, which means I pretty much never eat marshmallows, so I am just loving the idea of these. They sure look sweet!
    *kisses* HH

  12. I loved Peeps…not sure how I feel about them now. Glad you found a grown up version of them that you like!

  13. Hi! I included this post in this weeks from my reader round-up. Loved the post and thought it would be super useful to my friends and readers.

  14. Just found this post through Tastespotting and clicking the link to that store reveals that they have closed up :(

    • Yes, it’s true, and very sad indeed. I haven’t kept track of every post I’ve linked to them, so I didn’t catch this- Thanks for letting me know. I’ve corrected the link to something more useful.

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