When my kiddos were little, I used to make homemade marshmallow "chicks" for Easter. We'd tint them and roll them in sanding sugar and have what resembled Jabba the Hutt ... tinted and rolled in sanding sugar. They were gross. Every year, they stuck to the counter, the floor, each other, the kids... I'd find traces of marshmallow in my hair... and I loved it. I loved what these homely little lumps represented to my delighted little boys - all sparkly sugar faces and sticky fingers and aching bellies. It was spring, the colors were bright, the sugar buzz was on and all was right with the world.
So when I met Ann Hickey, the founder of Plush Puffs and she proclaimed herself a marshmallow fiend, I knew I'd met a kindred spirit. The difference between the two of us is simple - I would never subject you to my sugar-crunchy Jabba's, but I KNEW you needed to try her Plush Puffs. I met the Plush Puffs team at Renegade Craft, a huge maker show in Los Angeles with an entire section dedicated to hand-crafted food. The line at Plush Puffs was long and the conversations animated - I knew they were on to something. What I discovered was that Plush Puffs had quite literally perfected the flavor and texture of hand-crafted marshmallows. They had turned a familiar, while decidedly un-food-like childhood treat, into something fluffy, delicious and completely addicting. We couldn't wait to feature them, and given the chance in our December box, we chose Plush Puffs Peppi-Mint (retail: $6.49). We love them in hot cocoa and knew that, if you could resist the urge to finish the box before the cocoa was poured, you would too. They are super-minty and not as overtly sweet as the marshmallows you may remember. They're soft, and floaty (both in the mug and in your mouth) and just so dang yummy. They come in ten different flavors including caramel swirl, chocolate chipetta, pumpkin pie, gingerbread spice, simply s'mores, toasted coconut, lemon meringue, and mochaccino. If you're a purist, choose the vanilla bean - simple, pillowy heaven. If you're deeply committed to your marshmallow obsession, try the "Big One" a 2 lb. marshmallow. TWO POUNDS people! Whichever you choose, use code cali15 for free ground shipping on Plush Puffs orders of $25 or more and be happy.