Every now and then I go through a phase of liking marshmallows. I particularly like them as a topping to a hot chocolate. So when my mother-in-law got me these as part of my dairy free Christmas hamper I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try. The marshmallows come in a couple of flavours and I had the Madagascan vanilla. They came in a clear plastic punnet with a clear label with purple writing and pink stars. Slightly girlie but I liked the design. Inside you can clearly see the square marshmallows. To the back of the packaging is the ingredients list and no allergens are highlighted or listed. They are clearly labelled as vegan, which generally good news for dairy free me. Oh and they are also suitable for coeliacs.
On opening the packet I was greeted by a faint but subtle sweet aroma which was interesting. If I’m honest I thought it smelt slightly of cinnamon rather than vanilla. I love cinnamon so this was not a problem. On picking up a marshmallow what I noticed was that they felt slightly different to the usual marshmallows I have they weren’t so springy. They had a neutral cream / beige colour. This was good because they weren’t full of lots of artificial ingredients. This being proved by the fact that you had to eat them within 5 days of opening the packet.
On biting into the marshmallow the texture was slightly different to other marshmallows that I have tried which surprised me. They were nice and soft but they did not have the chewy texture that I normally associate with marshmallows. As for the flavour I’m not sure I would describe it as vanilla but it was certainly pleasant. By this I mean subtle and not to sweet and overpowering. I really enjoyed trying these. As for the hot chocolate test, well they worked well. I made my usual dairy free hot chocolate with Sweet Freedom choc shot and Alpro unsweetened almond milk. The marshmallows floated on the top nicely and went slightly gooey from the hot chocolate.
So would I recommend these marshmallows, definitely. I liked their texture and subtle flavour. I also liked the fact that they are not full of rubbish. I can’t wait to try their version of wagon wheels. If you wish to buy them you can get them directly from Ananda’s website http://www.anandafoods.co.uk.