Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Back in 2004, I reviewed my two favorite vegan marshmallows made by Vegan Supremes and Tiny Trapeze. They were very, very good! But by early 2006, they were nowhere to be found. The reason: It turned out that the vegan gelatin manufactured by Emes Kosher Foods, which both companies used to make their delicious treats, was suspected of not being vegan. According to several sources, the gelatin tested positive for the presence of animal protein, and it looked as though Emes Kosher-Jel was not so kosher (or vegan) after all. (You can read the whole distasteful story here.) Without a suitable replacement for this vital ingredient, both companies stopped making vegan marshmallows, and vegans went back to doing without. And sadly, this put Vegan Supremes (a woman-owned vegan company), out of business. It looks as though Tiny Trapeze is gone, although I'm not sure their departure is at all related to the vegan gelatin fiasco.
But then a very industrious and creative vegan baker named Sara Sohn spent over a year in her Long Island City (my hometown) kitchen, quietly developing a genuinely vegan gelatin that would enable her to create a soft, chewy, meltable vegan marshmallow. And what a success her effort was! Sweet and Sara Vegan Marshmallows are a delightful gourmet vegan treat that taste incredibly delicious. These heavenly little pillows come in some very luscious flavors: Vanilla, Toasted Coconut, Cinnamon Pecan, and Strawberry. They are packaged in 8.5 oz containers which hold about 16 large marshmallows (the perfect size for toasting!) Sara also makes the most incredible S'mores I've ever eaten> They're so rich, I can't possibly eat a whole one in one sitting, which means that I get to have my S'more and eat it, too!
More recently, Sweet and Sara introduced Mini Marshmallows that are the perfect size for hot cocoa (and for satisfying any marshmallow cravings in fewer-calorie bites!) Sara sent me a few packages to try, and I have to say they are every bit as soft and sweet as the full-size marshmallows, and far better tasting than any other vegan marshmallows I've tasted.
So how would you like to win your own bag of vegan mini marshmallows? I've got three bags, and I'm sharing them with my readers. (One for me and one each for two of you!) To enter to win, simply visit the Sweet and Sara website and then come back here and leave a comment telling me about any of their products you've tasted, or which of their goodies sound most exciting to you. I'll pick 2 winners at random, so please make sure I can contact you by email.
I made my hot cocoa with So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk Beverage and Stevita Delight Chocolate Powder. It's very chocolatey, rich, and delicious! Oh, and did I mention the cute little Sweet and Sara vegan Peeps you can buy just in time for Easter? Go check them out!
Posted by Vegiegail at 5:38 PM