Sunday, October 31, 2021

Ghoulishly Gourmet Marshmallows? (Okay, ghoulish is a stretch for sure, but they're definitely fall-themed)

Pumpkin Pie Smash-Mallows - JoAnn Fabrics

Happy Halloween! Like always, I bought way too much stuff and life got in the way of me reviewing it in a timely manner, so...I'm going to cram a bunch of Halloween reviews into the next few days. Get ready for multiple (breif-ish) posts and November-ween.  
Somehow I avoided Smash Mallow until now. Which is strange because I LOVE marshmallows. Toasted, plain, mixed into other sweets, even candy coated, like my beloved red-candy-coated marshmallows from Aunt Charlotte's. (A local confectionary. Everything they make is amazing.) 
These were on sale at JoAnn Fabrics, for like, 30% off, and even though I'm still experiencing taste-bud-burnout from my all-pumpkin-review-days, I figured there's no better time (or price) than now to give this particular flavor a try. 
It's finally time to start the Smash Mallow journey.


Have you ever seen a bag of marshmallows look so good? We're not in plastic-sack territory anymore.
Smash Mallow took a gusseted, zip-top bag and applied a wrap-around illustration that matched the flavor inside in both theme and color palate. With it's light pastel-texturing, and hints of shiny spot UV, they've elevated the product to gourmet gift status. Something like this would look gorgeous in a hot cocoa themed gift bag, or coffee bar. 

So the packaging is fancier, and they're more expensive than your run of the mill sack of mini marshmallows but, do they taste gourmet? 

Inside are large, surprisingly dense, cube-shaped marshmallows. Their two-toned coloring is far more muted than the orange and white illustration depicted on the bag. This is more of a subtle pink-beige and off-white.

They smell mostly sweet with a hint of pumpkin pie spices. (The usual suspects, mostly cinnamon and cloves) 

Taking a bite, they're a lot stiffer than I expected, but not in a tough way. They're far more substantial and less full of air than your usual marshmallow, and it feels like they melt in your mouth as your chew. Flavor-wise, they're sweet, but not overly so, with a healthy amount of vanilla, and just enough pumpkin pie spice to make you think of fall without slapping you in the face with a Bath and Body Works candle. 

These have a really addicting texture, and thanks to how thick and melt-in-your-mouth they are, unlike other marshmallows you find yourself feeling really satisfied after snacking on 2-to-3.

Personally, I am still pretty burnt out on pumpkin products. In case you're new here, I used to review pumpkin products every single day for nearly all of October, and after a few years of that, I singly handedly murdered my love for all things pumpkin. I'm slowly dipping my toes into the pumpkin-spice-pool again, and this was a great re-introductory product for that. 

These are sweet, lightly spiced, and just seasonal enough to snack on at your desk or to jazz up a cup of cocoa. If you see them around, be sure to give them a try, and I look forward to trying the rest of the line-up! 

On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most pumpkin-y thing to ever pumpkin, I'll give these a 2. They're mostly spice, less pumpkin, but for someone burnt out like me, that's a good thing.  

Fans of these would also like: All my previous Pumpkin Reviews! and Candy Coated Marshmallows

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