Vegan marshmallow (version 4)
27 April 2012
Vegan marshmallows can easily become an obsession. Well to be honest anything that us vegans can’t buy can easily become an obsession, something we hunt down with endless enthusiasm….or occasionally a mission impossible (Mitsu LOVES those ). And that’s quite OK as I think there should be (only) vegan versions of everything.
The only place to buy vegan marshmallows 4 years ago was in the US, it is a long way to go to buy a bag of gooey treats (and expensive) but a short trip to the shop if you are visiting family! So I filled my suitcase and came back with enough for Mits and I to consume in hot chocolate, over fires and munch just coz we could.
What happened when we ran out? Well fortunately I headed back to the States, found me a wholefoods and bought some more. This time I noticed how expensive they were. The equivalent of £5 per bag, now that is crazy when a “normal” packet is little over £1. And these tasty treats weren’t even organic or fair trade, just vegan. Its the same with chocolate bars? Why does it cost so much to make vegan treats? Or does it?
Such behavior encourages me to make my own, sometimes to save money and sometimes because I can’t find a vegan version. I often think/plan and buy ingredients long before I get around to making some great dream and idea however sometimes I do get around to it….
Several companies in the UK started making & selling marshmallows. YAY! I bought some and they were lovely BUT they still cost too much money.
So I found a vegan marshmallow recipe blog, bought a kitchen aid and so the fun started…
I am blogging about version 4 because 1-3 weren’t great. Versions 1 & 2 didn’t even get out to Mitsu because they were so poor! Version 3 was marshmallow fluff! But eventually ta daaaaa version 4….
Now more practice is needed (they were still too soft) and there is nothing like writing a blog to get a me motivated. You may well be seeing pictures of version 5, 6 or 7 soon. I will reach perfection eventually!
On the blog there was a printable book with a gazillion marshmallow flavors. I just got to crack the vanilla version….:-) And I think a kitchen aid is required. It might seem excessive but if you bake regularly you will get good use out of it.
Must dash, going to make me some mallows….