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Candy Review: Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

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Dandies Marshmallow Bag

(image courtesy Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe)
As far as I’m concerned, marshmallows have four practical applications:

  1. Direct snacking (good)
  2. Hot chocolate (better)
  3. S’mores (best)
  4. Rice Krispies Treats (sublime, to be sure, but labor-intensive and, as such, ignored here)

Armed with this intimate understanding of what I like to think of as little sugar pillows, I embarked on a three-part sampling of Dandies Vegan Marshmallows to give you, the Candy Addict reader, the most comprehensive look possible at this exciting product.

Straight MarshmallowsDandies Marshmallows

These vanilla-flavored Dandies Marshmallows are air-puffed and both vegan and gluten-free, for all of you with the relevant dietary restrictions and/or preferences. They offer a faint vanilla aroma and are noticeably lacking in that chemically stomach churning scent that I associate with… um… other brands. Size-wise, they fall somewhere between a jumbo and mini marshmallow (making them, perhaps, a regular?) and are more dense/less airy than aforementioned others. They are comparable in stretchability and chalky exterior, but I found the Dandies’ interior to be much stickier. And they taste great. Their delightful chew offers a nice creaminess at the end and the flavor, while not especially vanilla-y, is also not especially chemically, which leads me to believe that I could eat far more of them before feeling utterly sick to my stomach.

Dandies Hot ChocolateIn Hot Chocolate

I tend more towards the mini variety of marshmallows for my hot chocolate needs, so I had to cut these up for sampling part two. Quartering them worked well for me. As promised on the Dandies website, these melted in that oozy way that marshmallows do in cocoa (but, happily, not too fast) and provided a sweet, slightly spongy element to my hot chocolate. No complaints here.

S’mores (aka “God’s food”)Dandies S'more
Much to my delight, these marshmallows toasted very quickly. And while they browned nicely, I would be remiss not to mention that their surface bubbled maniacally (strictly cosmetic) and they were quick to catch fire (potentially troublesome in a campfire situation, less so over the burner of my gas stove. Bonus Addict tip: chopsticks make for a good at-home marshmallow-toasting tool.). And in a sampling moment that nearly made me weep with joy, the Dandies Marshmallows melted to perfection, coaxing their accompanying chocolate squares with them (yes, there were multiple), whilst never reaching that sticky, stringy, taffy-like state that makes standard s’mores generally unruly. Mmm. S’mores are genius. GENIUS.

As are Dandies Marshmallows.

While I was admittedly too lazy to launch the all-important fourth phase of this sampling, I have it on good authority (namely the Dandies website) that these also “make Rice Krispies Treats just like the real ones,” and I’m inclined to believe it. As a Candy Addict (as well as self-professed almost-vegan), these marshmallows exceeded any hopes I may have had for them and I proclaim that you all should go forth, be vegan, and eat (Dandies) marshmallows!

Editor’s Note: I let my Mom try these marshmallows, and she immediately proclaimed “They taste like marshmallows used to taste!” She then proceeded to tell a long, nostalgic story of how campfire marshmallows used to come packaged in little cardboard boxes with cellophane over the top… well, you get the idea. Needless to say, she was quite taken with these yummy little gems. So if you’re looking for marshmallows that taste “like they used to taste,” definitely give these a shot.

Candy Addict received this product as a sample from the manufacturer. No payment was received for this review and all opinions represent an unbiased view of the product.



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5 Responses to “Candy Review: Dandies Vegan Marshmallows”

  1. 1
    Adrian says:

    vegan marshmallows that taste just as good as the real thing? i think i’m in love

  2. 2
    Scott says:

    Do vegan marshmallows really taste like the real thing?

  3. 3
    Suzsqueak says:

    They really do taste as good as the real thing. I tried these a year ago at a food show and fell in love with them. I’m far from vegan and I adore marshmallows and I couldn’t stop sampling these.

  4. 4
    Molly says:

    Wow. SO excited that these exist. Definitely ordering some.

  5. 5
    Samantha Thomas says:

    i like to fry marshmallow in an open fire, they taste really great.”*.

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