While these marshmallows are groundbreaking in that they were the first vegan-friendly marshmallow on the market, I'm not going to praise and celebrate them based on that alone. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I was never a huge marshmallow fan before becoming a vegan, but I wasn't terribly impressed with these marshmallows. They are available in four flavors: Vanilla, toasted coconut, strawberry, and cinnamon pecan. I ordered the Vanilla and the Coconut from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe and while I prefer the taste of old-fashioned gelatin marshmallows, I'll still be ordering the other two flavors. They are definitely at least worth a try.
Firstly, the consistency. Sweet & Sara marshmallows have a consistency that is pretty similar to that of traditional marshmallows, in that they were "squishy", but the Sweet & Sara marshmallows were a bit more dense than traditional marshmallows, and felt like they had more substance to them, especially after refrigerating them as directed.
The flavor of these marshmallows was the only real problem that I encountered. I prefer the taste of traditional marshmallows to the Sweet & Sara ones, but that's according to personal taste, and others may feel differently. It's difficult to describe, but the Sweet & Sara marshmallows weren't as sweet as traditional marshmallows, and you kind of have to suck on them for a minute to get the full flavor. I could definitely taste the vanilla in the Vanilla flavored-marshmallows, while I found Coconut-flavored marshmallows to be a bit overpowering. They weren't necessarily bad; they were just different. However, after roasting several of these marshmallows over the flame of my soy tea-light candle, I found that they taste almost exactly like traditional marshmallows when roasted. If I ever purchase these again, I will definitely roast all of them, because, in my opinion, they simply tasted better that way. They did take a long time to brown though, and I had to hold them very close to the flame, which caused a few to begin to catch fire :)
In the end, I would still highly recommend these marshmallows to devout vegans who have done without marshmallows for far too long. They are excellent when roasted, and would undoubtedly make great s'mores because of that. In fact, Sweet & Sara also makes vegan-friendly s'mores using these marshmallows, for anyone that doesn't want or doesn't have the resources to make their own. While both Sweet & Sara and traditional marshmallows are laden with sugar and corn syrup, Sweet & Sara marshmallows are made without artificial colors, gelatin, and tetrasodium pyrophosphate. The vanilla Sweet & Sara marshmallows that I purchased are also flavored with real Madagascar vanilla, and do not rely on artificial flavors. Click here to see if they are available in a store near you.
I've been a vegetarian for over 16 years now. In that amount of time, there's no doubt that there are a few foods that I miss (Jello, chicken nuggets, Marshmallows, and Cow Brain... just making sure you're paying attention ;) Near the top of the list is Marshmallows. Marshmallows are made of Gelatin, which makes them unsuitable for Vegetarian and Vegans everywhere (because Gelatin is made of bone protein... which makes Veggies burst into flames if we eat it). What's even … more
My user-name was derived from the title of a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I came to Lunch with the hopes of publishing reviews that would be appreciated by others and reading the reviews of others that hope … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.