Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Angel Food Marshmallow Making

Back in September, I bought myself a New Zealand-based Angel Food Vegan Marshmallow kit from Food Fight! on my birthday.  Ridiculously, it took me until this past weekend to make them.  Sure, it also took me a couple months to build up the nerve to buy non-organic corn syrup in the first place - I wanted these as old-school as possible.  With a cheap candy thermometer and my supplies ready, I spent a Saturday night making vegan marshmallows.....and then rewatching LOST, and eating marshmallows with friends.

Traditional Vanilla and Black Raspberry Marshmallows

The process did take time - though I'm sure I was done within 40 minutes of less: boiling, whisking, measuring, whipping, taking temperatures and setting. Go figure, as a food blogger, I enjoy spending time on culinary projects.  The end product wasn't as Sweet and Sara marshmallow-fluffy (or traditional) as I'd hoped, but they are smushy and sweet!  I felt a tad silly buying a kit shipped from New Zealand for a vegan indulgence, but it was a positive purchase from a vegan company that I made at the local vegan grocery store, and for my birthday!
FYI, this kit and a meringe kit are also available via mail order from Food Fight! and Angel Food itself among others. 

The Black Raspberry variation was considerably...smushier, thanks to the extra liquid from the local black raspberry jam.
 Psst, I know (and have sampled!) Julie Hasson's progress on bringing vegan marshmallows to the masses as well!  Thrilling news after the Emes-isn't-vegetarian-gelatin tragic story from a few years back.

Fluffing in my mom's old KitchenAid mixer

The messy boiling station


Live fluff!

video Yeah, I'm ridiculous.

25 comments:

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

Marshmallows! It seems like a super fun process to make.

DJ said...

I've heard about this kit before and am always interested to hear how it turns out. Lost and marshmallows - sounds like a perfect evening!

Virginia said...

that looks like so much fun!

shelby said...

I've totally been craving marshmellows lately...strange.

Alison said...

black raspberry marshmallows? That sounds like heaven!!

VeggieGirl said...

What a blast!! Love it.


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Vegan_Noodle said...

I have a dry mix of this that I bought in July.. so you are ahead of me! Love the black raspberry variation!

Gabriele said...

I made these awhile back and was very disappointed. The marshmallows had the consistency of stiff pudding. No fluff at all. They were like marshmallow-flavored pudding cubes. And they dissolved when I tried to make rice krispie bars.

Eating Consciously said...

Yay! Marshmallows! Now I don't have to keep spending $6 a piece on Sweet and Saras. On second thought, this seems like a bit of a process :)

KAYLiE said...

i tried making those-
i failed miserably.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Gabriele - I admit they are more soft that fluff - I actually think I preferred the 'foam' before it set. I did find the texture fluffier than stiff pudding though..that doesn't sound appetizing!

Kaylie - What happened? I was worried my mixture wouldn't fluff again at the end once I put it all together, but after a minute or two on high speed on my mixer, it absolutely did.

DJ Karma (of Vegspinz) said...

Never made these before- definitely worth a try!

Anonymous said...

I made these a few months ago! they took forever to ship, but so worth it for 5$! mine ended up very tasty, but just a tiny bit.. squishy. my omni family said they were "dense" but close enough. apparently they have updated the recipe instructions since then, though?

- K

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

They looks lovely! I made them months & months ago, but mine didn't set up all that well. I may have to try again!

allularpunk said...

oh, how i miss marshmallows... i wonder how these would fare on a smore?

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

i wish i had more time to be ambitious in the kitchen. the closest thing i come to marshmallows is that ice cream topping made by smuckers that is vegan but chemically-bad-for-you vegan.

miss alix said...

I just made these too! (in fact they're still in my fridge.) I agree they're not quite as awesome as the Sweet and Sara Marshmallows, but still pretty yummy. I think they're a lot like non-vegan marshmallows actually.

funwithyourfood said...

I've been wanting to make marshmallows too!

also, I <3 LOST... i cannot WAIT until next week. there will be a vegan premiere at my friends house.. good times :)

Teddy

Erica said...

i'm personally waiting to find out what's in Julie's marshmallows before getting too excited about them.

kimmykokonut said...

this sounds amazing! i don't know how you are not in a constant sugar coma with the cookie testing and marshmallow consumption. the big question is: are they s'mores-able?

sgcorrie said...

Looks like I'll need to visit Food Fight this weekend....

K.E.N. said...

um, jess, where were my marshmallows tonight?
sigh...

Vivacious Vegan said...

Ridiculous? No way. That looks like a lot of delicious fun. I think I would have been inclined to dip some of them in dark chocolate. Oh yeah!

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Anonymous said...

why do i never see pics of marshmallows rolled in TOASTED COCONUT!!!

they are just the yummiest!!!