Friday Finds: Sweet and Sara Marshmallows

by Maggie on April 16, 2010

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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.

Rice Crispy Squares

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

1. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment or oil the pan well.
2. Melt the butter or coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan.
3. 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.
4. Stir in the crispy brown rice cereal.
5. Spread into prepared pan and let cool.

Enjoy!

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!”

I really wanted to try Sweet & Sara’s Smores treat but they’re not gluten-free.  I guess I’ll have to make my own using Lauren’s (from Celiac Teen) recipe for gluten-free graham crackers.