The vast majority of the time, whenever non-vegans ask me, “oh, don’t you miss eating X?” the answer is a resounding no. I don’t miss cheese, bacon or bar-b-qued carcasses. Not even a little bit. That said, there are a few items that it would be nice to have a vegan substitute for, even though I can certainly live without them. Vegan marshmallows, for example. What? Marshmallows aren’t vegan? That’s right. The critical ingredient in traditional marshmallows is gelatin. Gelatin is derived from the collagen in animal bones and skin. Ick.
Before I found Sweet & Sara, I would drink my winter time evening hot chocolate without marshmallows, or occasionally, with some so-so Kosher marshmallows, made without gelatin. But then Sara ordered some Sweet & Sara mallows from Cosmo’s and told me about them. They are so much better than “normal” marshmallows, everyone will love them. They are soft and rich and sweet and amazing. They are not air-puffed. They do not have the consistency of styrofoam. Instead, they are dense little pillows of vanilla sweetness. Since Sara and I discovered them a couple of years ago, they have expanded their product range to include Original Vanilla, Strawberry, Toasted Coconut, and Cinnamon Pecan Marshmallows. Most recently they added Mini Marshmallows to the line, perfect for hot chocolate. They also make Rocky Road Bark (which I haven’t tried), and Original and Peanut Butter S’mores, which are to die for.
You need to keep them in the refrigerator. Eating one mallow almost every day, one box will last me about three weeks, and they are still plenty fresh at that point. I don’t know exactly how long they will keep. (Much like how when people ask me how long my chocolate chip cookies stay fresh, I have no idea! They’re all eaten well before they start to lose their appeal!) As an added bonus, their processing center is fully vegan – e.g. no traces of milk in your food!
Sara has made rice crispy treats with these, with great success. And for your vegan holiday meals, use them in your sweet potatoes!
Sweet & Sara have not solicited this review, although I would love for them to send me some product samples. 🙂
On This Day in History: Texas Cornbread! We’re coming up on Thanksgiving, which definitely requires Cornbread Stuffing. But even if you’re not making stuffing, this cornbread is fantastic during the winter to accompany chili, tortilla soup, or just for some good, old fashioned, cornbread and beans.