Frequently Asked Questions
All the answers to the questions you never knew you had about marshmallows.
You can make marshmallows?
You can! The base recipe is sugar, water, touch of salt, gelatin, and corn syrup. It's just a matter of getting it to the right temperature for the right amount of time... and then mixing it. We let 'Gertie' do all the mixing... Gertie's our well-loved KitchenAid. Then it's a matter of patience - that's the hardest part! - before we can cut and package.
What makes them different than store-bought?
Our marshmallows are lighter, fluffier, melt in your mouthier than any store-bought marshmallow could ever be. Store-bought are made with a forced air method versus the whipping method that are marshmallows are treated to. Store-bought also have to go through machinery, and they end up with a funny coating and a gumminess that handcrafted don't have. Store-bought have a lot of preservatives added so that they can last as long as Twinkies in case of a nuclear apocalypse, ours don't - you'll want to eat them all as soon as they're in your hands!
Do you have a vegan version?
We do not. In order to get the 'fluff,' the gelling agent needs to have a protein to bond to - that's why gelatin is perfect for marshmallows. The gelling agent has the protein built in. We have not been able to find a comparable replacement that holds up to the standard of mallowdoos yet - though we will keep trying!
Are your marshmallows gluten-free? Dairy-free? Egg-free?
They are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free! However, they are not made in a certified gluten-free / dairy-free / egg-free kitchen. There are some flavors that do include cookie crumbles - they will be clearly stated. Some flavors do include milk chocolate morsels - all other chocolate used is a dark chocolate, in order to avoid the milk fats that may interact with lactose-intolerance. Egg-free, always.
Are they hard, like cereal marshmallows?
Not at all. They are light, fluffy, pillowy clouds of amazingness.
I like to leave my marshmallows out so that they get stale.
You can absolutely leave these out too, for that stale edge. We even recommend leaving them out on the counter for a few hours, if you're planning on roasting them - it'll help them to retain their structure when heated, otherwise they'll turn into a mass of goo and fall right off the roasting stick!
What... what do you do with marshmallows?
If you can avoid eating them straight out of the bag the minute they're in your hands, you'll get a medal! However, they are delicious in hot cocoa, coffee, added to brownies, ice cream. We like some flavors straight out of the freezer - like the lemon chiffon! We do not recommend using them for Rice Crispy treats though - the marshmallow will separate and they will go from ah-mazing to ah! no! faster than you can say mallowwhat?!?!
How long will they keep? How do I store them?
We say that they'll keep for 2-3 months in the bags that they're packaged in. They will last much longer if you transfer them to an air tight container. If you keep them in the refrigerator or freezer they will also stay fresher longer. And they don't get hard in the freezer like an ice cube, they firm up - almost like a fudge or nougat texture. Mallowdoos don't go bad - they just begin to go stale.
This does not apply to the Elderberry version, they must be kept in the refrigerator.