Saturday, December 15, 2012

Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme

I haven't seen marshmallow creme since I was a kid, back when it came in a jar and gasoline was less than $1 a gallon.

Corn syrup, sugar, water, egg whites, artificial flavor, cream of tartar, xanthan gum, artificial color (blue 1). Except for the fake flavor and color, the rest of it seems legit.

Looking it up in the Larousse Gastronomique, there isn't an entry for marshmallow creme, but there is one for
marsh mallow (guimauve)
A medicinal plant (Althaea officinalis) with sweet-tasting roots used to make cough lozenges and syrup. The mucilage from the roots was formerly used to make the spongy sweets known as marshmallows. Now, however, marshmallows are prepared with sugar, flavouring, colouring, then either starch and gelatine or gum arabic and egg white.

Just as I remembered it, the smell is distinctly sweet and the creme is like a sticky paste, gooey and spreadable, sort of like a tacky peanut butter but tasting like marshmallows.

It'll never come out of the container unless you force it out. Somewhere on the label it recommends a hot spoon.

Marshmallow Creme, available in the baking aisle of Target for $1.67 a 7-oz jar. Conveniently, this is the exact quantity necessary for a batch of fudge.

Also available at Sprouts right next door for $2.29.