As Valentine’s Day approaches and sweet treats begin to surface, we think it is time to give the much-maligned marshmallow a shout out. The bags of mass produced, store-bought marshmallows that quickly harden in the back of the baking cupboard bear little resemblance to the beautiful, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth concoctions that are locally made with love.
Nearly all marshmallows are gluten and dairy free, and generally speaking, artisanal marshmallows are also vegan as they typically do not use gelatin. This makes for a perfect sweet to share in the classroom.
Where to find these delectable treats? In Vancouver, check out Archimallow and Marsh&Mallow, both specializing in the yummiest of all things marshmallow. Or swing by Butter Baked Goods for lunch and pick up their cookbook to make your own. The Last Crumb Bakery And Cafe also gets rave reviews and carries homemade marshmallows.
South of the Fraser? The Sweet Spot in Steveston carries seasonally inspired marshmallows made in house, or look for The Pink Spatuala line, carried at farmers markets and Fresh St. Market.
If you are in Victoria (and select Vancouver locations), don’t miss Tout de Sweet for marshmallows and all things candy (think organic lollipops to die for!).
Happy Valentine’s Day – may we all survive the sugar highs (and lows)!
Elizabeth is a business planning guru who is passionate about working with female entrepreneurs, translating their big dreams into reality. Westcoast born and raised, she is lover of all things BC and needs a daily dose of nature to stay sane as a mother to three completely rambunctious children. She is a runner, a devoted drinker of coffee and wine, and committed to finishing last winter’s knitting project.