Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SmashMallow - Dark Chocolate Dipped Raspberry - June 30, 2020

Chocolate of the Day:

SmashMallow, LLC
Smash Mallow Dark Chocolate Dipped Raspberry
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 4.5 oz. (128 g.) in total package
Calories: 120 calories in 1 serving (4 pieces)
Cost: $1.99 (estimate) for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Red Fruits Theme Week.

Today's package of Dark Chocolate Dipped Raspberry (marshmallows) was produced for SmashMallow, LLC (Sonoma, CA).

If one is going to have a sugary snack, then make it a good one. This slightly healthier (gluten free, Organic/GMO-free cane sugar) version of a marshmallow was light and lofty, velvety and delicious. Having grown up tasting half-stale, hot cocoa-ready marshmallows, it's always a revelation to taste the fresh, home-made or artisan variety.*

As the package was opened, a natural raspberry aroma wafted out. The partial dark chocolate dip/coat added rich flavor and balanced nicely with the sweet marshmallows--that had an impossibly light, pillowy texture. These seemed to vanish in one's mouth after chewing, leaving a clean finish, with less sugary residue than I feared. 

They might make a tasty filling for a summer campfire s'more.

However, like many sugary sweets, these could invite over-indulgence that you'd regret. So beware. (The company's suggested 4-piece serving is plenty; and the package was resealable.)

Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, tapioca syrup, invert sugar, dark chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), (Kosher) gelatin, water, natural raspberry flavor, fruit and vegetable juice for color, sea salt, tapioca starch. (Made with Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa.)

*Marshmallows were once made with a flowering plant from the mallow family that grew near marshes, thus the name marshmallow. Mallows (used medicinally by many cultures) have a naturally occurring, slightly gooey (some would say slimy) texture, which can be whipped up with sugars. 

According to the Wikipedia page for marshmallow, this confection's history may date as far back in 2,000 B.C. with the Egyptians. Early recipes might have included boiled marshmallow root and honey.

Modern day marshmallows are created with sugar, syrup, gelatin and precision machinery. Not much left to offer in the medicinal/nutritional department, but they'll satisfy a sweet tooth.

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