A couple of months before Christmas I was poking around on Phyrra’s website and came across a post that mentioned Fusion Sweets, a gourmet confectionery on Etsy (the best place to buy independent.) I visited the shop and was amazed to discover a confectionery I had been coveting for ages: rose flavored marshmallows!
I knew I had to grab a sampler set from Fusion Sweets, bidding my time until my wallet refilled itself (slowly but surely) after the holidays. I kept it in my favorite shops list and I always had a mental note to remember to pay it forward and let Fusion Sweets know that I came by them via Phyrra, who would receive a discount on her next order for referring me. Surprisingly enough, I also received a small but greatly appreciated discount for using their referral system!
My Order: You Pick 4 Flavors Marshmallow Sampler 32 pieces – Gluten Free Edible Candy (8 oz). The flavors I chose: Rose, Grasshopper (chocolate and creme de menthe), Neapolitan, and Tickled Pink Strawberry. The cost for this (w/out shipping) was $13.97
Shipping: Shipping was $10.15, which made my eye twitch a little but I did contact the seller prior to making my order to make sure this was correct for my ZIP code and yes, this was definitely what it was going to cost and maybe then some because I’m in California and they’re in Michigan. I placed my order on the 6th of January, received a notice from UPS on the 10th and received my order on the 14th.
Delivery & Packaging: My parcel was delivered to my door by UPS (a service I have only a smattering of positive dealings with.) It was well secured and my marshmallows came in a delightful baby pink box that contained my marshmallows, each secured in their own plastic bag for freshness and flavor separation. Included with my order were a few business cards as well as bonus samples!
Zesty Lemon Meringue Marshmallow (Vegan) – This was very tasty, but I would never add it to a hot cocoa mix. It’s great on its own and being vegan (without gelatin) did not remove any of the flavor or consistency found in typical marshmallows.
Mango, Rose & Lime hard candy – Amazing! I’m not one for hard candy, but this combination of flavors were so intense I didn’t even share my other sample with my boyfriend. The mango is tasted right off the bat, with a burst of lime and finally, rose to mellow out the other two. This is what I’d expect candy to taste like in Turkey or India.
French Sea Salt Butter Caramel – Their classic caramel was melty, soft smooth and just the right amount of salty and sweet. Indulgent to the core.
Some Like it Hot Thai Habanero Butter Caramel – OMG. HOT HOT HOT. I was in so much agony; tears were welling in my eyes and it took me over fifteen minutes to reclaim my taste buds. While I’m a huge fan of spicy food, I have never eaten something as hot as this caramel in all of my life. If you like a good, spicy punch in the jowls of heat, this is your candy. Not for me.
English Breakfast Butter Caramel – I saved the best for last. The tea is noticeable immediately and I was surprised that such a combination worked so harmoniously together. Rich, with a mighty depth this is the confection I am going to go back for when I return to Fusion Sweets.
Can you believe all of those wonderful samples, and I haven’t even begun on the marshmallows just yet! Onto the main review!
Grasshopper – My second favorite and Boyfriends #1 marshmallow. Firstly, I could smell them from the parcel, behind the box and their plastic bag. One marshmallow will give your cocoa or coffee a good injection of chocolate mint. I would easily go on record saying one marshmallow is more flavorful than an entire container of mint chip ice cream – and I am a huge ice cream fan. A very refreshing, pleasurable flavor.
Tickled Pink Strawberry – Sadly, the strawberry is not as strong as the rose and grasshopper and only eating them solo was I able to truly enjoy the taste of strawberry – which was delightful. I think if I truly want a strawberry flavor to permeate my hot cocoa, I’m going to have to add three marshmallows at least.
Neapolitan – I wasn’t expecting a lot of WHAM! BAM! POW! flavor from this marshmallow simply because it would be difficult to get such an overpowering experience from squishing three flavors into one marshmallow. Like the strawberry marshmallow, one in your cocoa isn’t going to cut it because the chocolate will simply overwhelm the candy. Even when eating alone, I taste the chocolate most of all. Eating ti layer by layer as a sweet little snack is best ~ or, if you’re determined to have a neapolitan cocoa, perhaps add it to vanilla bean cocoa instead of chocolate.
Rose – Once again, saving the best for last. The goal behind purchasing from Fusion Sweets was to attain their rose marshmallow, as I covet everything rose flavored. Let me tell you: this marshmallow did NOT disappoint. The absolute paramount of rose confectionery, I feel like I’m in a period piece every time I take a sip of my rose infused cocoa. The rosewater Fusion Sweets uses to flavor must be of the highest quality to obtain such a deep, succulent flavor. Bonus for the candied rose that sits atop each marshmallow, good for eating on its own or brewing into tea. Rest assured, I will be going back for more.
Just so you get an idea of the innovation as well as the wide selection, here is a list of their current marshmallow flavors:
Fluffernutter (Peanut Butter)
Belgian Dark Chocolate
So Not Boring Vanilla Bean
Matcha Green Tea
Grasshopper (Peppermint Creme de Menthe and Chocolate)
Zesty Orange Cream
Roasted Black Sesame
Chocolate Orange Cointreau (Chocolate and Orange Liquor)
Sweet Peach Jam and Orange Blossom
Tickled Pink Strawberry
Quality: A+ These women know what they’re doing and they’re dedicated to their craft.
Worth My Money: B Honestly? I’d be paying over $20 for something as decadent as this in a gourmet store anyway.
Selection: A+ With nineteen marshmallow flavors, eighteen butter caramel flavors and a handful of hard candies to choose from, it’s safe to say you will not want for variety.
Fusion Sweets on Etsy
Fusion Sweets on Twitter
BONUS: If you’re thinking about ordering from Fusion Sweets and would like a bonus discount for using their referral system, be sure to drop my Etsy user name when you place your order: motleymisfits
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