Seattle has started a marshmallow mania recently. Maybe it’s the growth of food trucks and cottage industries, or simply that people are really sick of the ones in stores, but these marshmallows are soft, delicate pieces of sugar wonder.
Have a look at two of the newest marshmallow vendors in Seattle, and how to get some of them for yourself. As they both ship nationally, you can get your fix anywhere. (Note: both of them are booked solid for the holidays, but that just means you’re now set for Valentine’s Day. You’re welcome.)
Flavors: Champagne vanilla bean. $9 for a bag of eight.
Whitney Heinrich comes in with a degree in pastry and a love for marshmallows and spirits. Her husband’s family loves champagne for the holidays, so she decided to make champagne-infused treats to spread some cheer, and she succeeded. These are soft, boozy confections that will leave brut on your tongue. You could probably get lightly buzzed on these – I almost did after eating one on an empty stomach, but the taste of the brut champagne combined with the soft, melting fluffiness is wonderful.
I left a bag alone with Andrew Friedman of Liberty, who makes a marshmallow drink titled The Happiest Drink In Happy Land. Only good things can come of this, and I hope Whitney expands her range to rieslings, moscato, and ice wines soon.
Flavors: vanilla, peppermint, coffee, almond, orange blossom or maple. (I tried vanilla, peppermint, strawberry, and maple bacon.) $10 for a dozen.
Adana Protonentis doesn’t make boozy marshmallows, but she makes them giant and fluffy. The flavors are strong, such as strawberry marshmallows coated in powdered strawberry and peppermint marshmallows that taste like biting into a candy cane, but her most impressive is her retweaked maple bacon. She’s using maple syrup in lieu of corn syrup to work wonders, and the new rendition is pretty much bacony perfection. Pastry chef at RN74 Kim Mahar and I spent a chunk of time discussing these, and we’re now both fans.
With a background of working at Allium on Orcas and a downright obsession with improving her marshmallows, I can’t wait to see what flavors she rolls out next.