Outrageously Good Gourmet Marshmallows

Strawberry marshmallows to sink your sweet tooth into.

When I was a kid, I thought marshmallows were the perfect food.

After all, they were cute, sweet, squishable, meltable and fat-free. What more could a gal want?

(OK, the fact they were still caloric obviously escaped my reasoning back then.)

Now, the inventive ones by Have it Sweet have me singing the virtues of marshmallows all over again.

Made by a husband and wife duo in Los Angeles, this small confectionary company turns out fresh, delightful marshmallows in mind-boggling flavors. Think bubblegum, cinnamon sugar. apple pie, lemon swirl, and double cocoa swirl.

Produced in small batches to order, the marshmallows are  made of all natural ingredients, including organic and sustainable ones when available. They get their hues from food-based, organic colorings.

Chocolate hazelnut swirl marshmallow (front) and fleur de sel caramel swirl marshmallow (back).

Recently, I had a chance to try some samples.

The strawberry ones are amazing. Close your eyes, pop one in your mouth and imagine you’re tasting a strawberry milkshake.

The marzipan swirl ones have the full-on taste of almond paste, but with an airy cloud-like texture.

And the chocolate hazelnut swirl ones boast a pretty, variegated look and a sweet, chocolate-y taste.

A package of 16 marshmallows is $10.

Have it Sweet also makes dastardly good caramels in half-pound, long, slender bricks for $12 to $14, depending upon the variety.

A block of Drunken Pecan Turtle caramel.

A pretty little package.

I tried the “Drunken Pecan Turtle” ($14), a layer of bourbon caramel over fleur de sel caramel and topped with Belgian dark chocolate caramel. It’s smooth, creamy and just sticky enough. The bourbon is fairly muted, but the touch of sea salt makes it hit all the high notes.

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10 comments

  1. 1

    They look fantastic! Once you’ve had artisan marshmallow, you never go back to the industrial ones…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. 2

    I once gave my sister the caramel of the month gift from here. She became the most popular RA on her floor!

    Have you had the French Smore at Moniques in Palo Alto? They make marshmallows with graham cracker and chocolate bits inside it. Before they serve it they toast the top with a blow torch to make it all caramelized and gooey. You eat it with a spoon. So good!

  3. 3

    Aren’t they wonderful? :)
    I could inhale 2 packages of their strawberry marshies in one sitting.

  4. 4

    Really interesting! I’ve been reading a lot about artisan marshmallows – I’m going to have to try some. They look wonderful! Fun read – thanks.

  5. 5

    Since I live in NW WI – they aren’t any shops like this. So I guess I’ll have to learn to make my marshmallows. Do you recommend a specific recipe? Great read…I felt as if I could almost taste them from your photos and descriptions. Thanks much.

  6. 6

    Marzipan marshmallows?!? Be still my heart! :)

  7. 7

    Wow– these sweet treats look amazing! I love the sound of a strawberry marshmallow! What would those rice krispies taste like! YUMMM

  8. 8

    There’s a place like this in NYC called Whimsy and Spice that makes awesome and inventive flavors. I’ve had their cardamom marshmallows – swoon! I know I’d love those marzipan swirl ones!

  9. 9

    I think marshmallows are more about the right airy texture and not the crazy flavors (although strawberries sound amazing). But at about 60 cents a pop, that’s some pricey air! ;-)

  10. 10

    Marshmellows? Strawberries? Stand aside or risk being trample–me wanna try ‘em–now! Seriously, when checking price for two orders plus $6.00 shipping, decided $26 was too pricey–wonder if they’ll be offered on Amazon’s Prime membership? In the interim, I’ll hafta make do with … actual strawberries!s Wotta concept,

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