As a self-confessed chilli addict I’m always on the lookout for products that will give me my next hit on the Scoville scale. So when last week’s episode of Sunday Brunch had food writer Rebecca Seal presenting a selection of gourmet marshmallows – including a Lime and Chipotle chilli flavour marshmallow, my interest was suitably piqued. I wasn’t convinced that anything other than the typical vanilla “marshmallow” flavour was necessarily a good thing but I’m open to trying new flavour combinations when there’s chilli involved.
I tracked down the supplier of said ‘mallows, Dorset-based Miss Marshmellow and placed my order. Who would have thought the humble marshmallow would command such premium prices, with ?2 getting you a small 65g bag. Of course these are a purely indulgent treat for grown ups – they would be wasted on children, so be selfish and don’t share with them!
The Lime and Chipotle variety works very well as a marshmallow with a good balance between the sharp citrus of lime, subtle smokiness of chipotle (in case you were wondering, a chipotle chilli is a smoked jalapeno) and the sweetness of the mallow.
First you get the punchy lime with a smokey flavour and then, just as you start to wonder where the chilli is, in it creeps first starting on the back of your throat and then lingering on the tongue. The chilli warmth is noticeable but certainly not hot, with the emphasis here being taste over chilli heat so they’re enjoyable whatever your chilli tolerance. It would be very easy to go overboard and raise the chilli heat levels but I think that would spoil the balance.
Miss Marshmellow also produce a Hot Chilli and Chocolate marshmallow which has a slightly more peppery, prickly heat but bizarrely, despite the classic combination I’m not much of a fan of the two flavours together. The chocolate tastes great (what’s not to like about chilli) but together, not for me.
It’s not all about the chilli however with a number of non-spicy marshmallows including vanilla, cappuccino, Belgian chocolate, and possibly my favourite – coconut. All the flavours use real ingredients – hence the gourmet price tag, and I feel would make great wedding favours or even as a quirky gift for a foodie.
Clearly a lot of time and effort has gone into these gourmet marshmallows which is reflected in the taste and texture. One thing is for sure, gourmet marshmallows are a world apart from the pink and white cylindrical sweets you’d find at the corner shop!
If you can swallow the price then you’ll enjoy swallowing chewing Miss Marshmellow’s gourmet marshmallows!