When you think about it, marshmallows haven’t exactly risen to the level of culinary prominence as chocolate or other artisan confections. Most of us simply grab a marshmallow out of a bag and roast it over open flames or toss a couple into hot cocoa and don’t give it a second thought. Are there higher quality marshmallows out there made to more demanding specifications?
Marshmallows have a long history dating back 4000 years to ancient Egypt. Historians claim these culinary treats got their name from the sweet sticky substance produced when squeezing the mallow plant that grows wild in marshes. Egyptians flavored the extract with honey yielding a delicacy reserved only for gods and royalty.
Marshmallows gained a mainstream foothold in France during the mid-1800s when small candy shop owners began making them by sweetening, whipping, and molding the sap from mallow roots. Doctors were the only ones extracting juice at the time. Candy makers procured it, cooked with sugar and whipped with egg whites. When this foamy meringue hardened, it created a medicinal candy that was used to soothe children’s sore throats, suppress coughs, and even help heal wounds.
Beyond the medicinal, the marshmallow’s primary appeal which remains popular today is its unique texture and flavor. Sadly, over time, ingredients have been modified to accommodate mass consumption. Caffex, which makes Caffe Mallows, has taken a different approach. Not only do they use pure cocoa, kosher gelatin, vanilla, cinnamon, and non-GMO sugar as primary ingredients, they infuse them with the finest quality coffee extract. The result is a tasty jolt of caffeine without the mess and inconvenience of brewing a cup of joe. These marshmallows are definitely the type to keep on the top shelf of your pantry if you have kids. It’s easy to cram your mouth with
several but that would equal multiple espresso shots at once! Each pack whether a Mocca, Java, Coffee, or Tea each contains contains 200 mg of caffeine. I tried the Mocca and the cocoa was rich and dark. Shaped like a brownie, it quickly dissolved in my mouth and after about 15 min. noticed the gradual lifting of my eyelids. A perfect indulgence for airport security, impossibly late mornings, and good ‘ole fashioned roasting on a stick.
Photos courtesy of Steve Mirsky. Complimentary samples and story idea courtesy of caffex.com