North Mallow, Michael Nelson
North Mallow marshmallows
"Why don't these marshmallows catch fire!?" demanded my children, aghast, as the marshmallows on the end of their skewers refused, even in the heart of the bonfire, to go up in typical marshmallow flames. "That's because they have no artificial stuff in them!" I boomed with satisfaction, thus giving the wee tykes yet another reason to hate organic and local food culture. But I love organic and local food culture! And these artisanal North Mallow marshmallows, from local entrepreneur Michael Nelson, are a very good addition to our local food culture. Here's the story. They come in four gluten-free, corn syrup-free flavors, they contain no yucky ultra-flammable chemicals, and they each have a mellow, creamy, real-food flavor—a smooth glissando of sweet that is fantastic in s'mores and quite luxurious in cocoa. They'd be remarkable in a good Irish coffee too, or roasted—but not flaming!—over your New Year's bonfire. So if you're looking to amp up your holiday marshmallow game, these are quite the rare and lovely little gift.
Find them online or daily through Dec. 31 at the Ridgedale Mall Local Makers Market, where North Mallow marshmallows are for sale alongside local treasures Isadore's Nuts and Thumb Cookies. These marshmallows also answer a question I didn't know we had: What good is a marshmallow that won't catch fire? Every kind of squishy sweet good you can imagine.