Oh my goodness, these are the real thing.
I have been admiring vegan marshmallows for a while now. I love the way they look – they’re usually hand cut so they’re big and imperfect and I like that about them.
Recently I bought Callum some pomegranate marshmallows that we found at our local health food store. He LOVED them but I wasn’t a big fan. I just wanted plain old white marshmallows, ones that would take me back to my camp counsellor days. Puffy, plain, and melt-in-your-mouth gooey.
This week I was wandering through our health food store - I get easily distracted when I don’t bring my babes shopping with me. Takes me hours to get through the grocery store! With my babes in tow I focus so I can get the heck out of there as fast as possible!
As I was saying, while wandering I found Sweet & Sara Marshmallows in the refrigerator section and I was so excited. I had heard so much about this company and I really wanted to try their vegan marshmallows (which are also gluten-free, although they’re processed in a facility that processes wheat).
The marshmallows came in two sizes and flavours: large strawberry marshmallows and mini vanilla marshmallows. Both packages are pretty small and pretty costly (good ingredients cost money).
Naturally I had to try both flavours, and in the heat of the moment I decided to make rice crispy squares, so I had to buy THREE packs of the mini marshmallows. I was banking on the reputation of this company! Literally.
As soon as I got home I showed them to Callum who had to test them immediately.
He LOVED the mini marshmallows and basically begged me for more. To my surprise, he didn’t like the strawberry flavour. I consider one and a half to be too young for marshmallows so Livvie didn’t get to taste these. Though if you know her, she would love them too!
I finally broke down and tried one. Oh my. Lovely little white pillows of marshmallow. Exactly what I was looking for. I also tried and loved the strawberry, though I definitely prefer the mini vanilla flavour.
Now on to the rice crispy squares! I really wanted to make some for Callum as he’s never had them. I bought some Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal (gluten-free and sweetened with brown rice syrup). Have you tried this cereal? Hello rice crispies! I don’t think this box will last long in our house.
I googled for a rice crispy squares recipe and just modified it a little. So this is a treat! Callum thinks the “crispies” are delicious and he can’t wait to have more tomorrow. Pete and I both agreed that they taste like the real deal. Nothing to do with me, everything to do with Sweet & Sara’s marshmallows.
Gluten-Free & Vegan Rice Crispy Squares
1 and 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance Butter OR coconut oil
2 cups Sweet and Sara Mini Marshmallows (2 and a half bags)
2 and 1/2 cups Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment or oil the pan well.
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted; it won’t be smooth or liquid, just melted. This took me about 10 minutes over low-medium heat. Stir in the crispy brown rice. Spread into prepared pan and let cool.
Thank you Sweet and Sara’s. It’s fun for a mom to be able to give her little dude a piece of her own childhood every now and then, with a gluten-free twist of course!
I am so excited to roast marshmallows with Callum – that was actually the first thing he said when I showed him the marshmallows, “Mommy can we roast marshmallows!”