* Prices may differ from that shown
These marshmallows were not too bad at first sight - light and spongy texture. The disappointment began on eating them... These are way too sweet and a disaster for toasting. When toasting marshmallows, they should develop a light golden slightly crusty coating. We tried toasting these - what a disaster! They simply melted into a gooey liquid which dripped into the fire. They are evidently not proper marshmallows!
Just after Christmas I treated me and my boyfriend to a mini chocolate fountain. The idea behind it was to melt some chocolate and dip some marshmallows into it and so when I spotted these in Asda at 89p a bag I grabbed a bag for us to try along with some chocolate to spoil ourselves with. The Packaging: The bag is dark blue on the outside, silver foil on the inside and there is a photograph of a white and light pink marshmallows on the front and we are told that they are Princess 'Fat Free' Marshmallows 'Seductively Soft', Pink And White. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the marshamallows, ingredients and the weight of them is given (which in this case is 200g), there is a nutritional chart shown and contact details for Tangerine Confectionery Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough, easy to open packaging this is and informative as it needs to be too. The Marshamallows: Dome shaped mallows some in white and some in light pink they have a sweet sugary smell to them and are rather large, soft and very squishy and pop back into shape with ease. Slightly harder to the outside and softer to the inside these, to me simply taste light, fluffy and of sweetness and not alot else and you have to chew them up well to get them to melt. I am impressed by the size of these, am pleased they didn't melt with warm/hot foodstuffs and the fact that they are fat free and still mega tasty is just an added bonus! Lovely! Nutritional Information Per Marshmallow: Energy: 26Kcal Fat: 4.6g of which saturates: Trace Available in all good supermarkets etc, I got mine in Asda as I previously mentioned.
I timed it right today and turned up at my mates just as she was testing her new chocolate fountain out, I can take or leave warm chocolate but the marshmallows she gave me to dip in it were yummy! They're made by Princess and come in quite a nice bag, I haven't seen this brand before and usually buy supermarket marshmallows. The marshmallows are quite big and when you pick one up you can feel how fluffy and soft they are, the outside of the marshmallows have got a bit of a harder texture so it's nice to bite through them and then get to the softer and squidgier inside. The marshmallows have got a wicked flavour, they're loads nicer than other ones I've tried because they don't just taste purely of sugar. These have got a bit of a flowery taste to them that's a bit like the middle of a turkish delish I think. These are the best marshmallows and they've got a good texture because when I used one on a stick to dip in the chocolate fountain the chocolate stuck to it and the marshmallow didn't fall to bits or start dissolving. I'll deffo buy these when I need marshmallows for something, they're loads more interesting than plain ones and are also more filling I think because they are a bit more stodgier than the marshmallows I usually buy. I only had a couple of dips of chocolate but ate loads of the marshmallows because they're so yummy, I didn't get bored of them either because they're proper nice to eat. Recommended!!!
To start off I'm a huge fan of marshmallows, but a good marshmallow isn't too sweet, too sticky or too stodgy, so these were going to have to tick all those boxes in order to get a good rating. My experience of 'Princesses Marshmallows' however isn't all that great, and I'd much rather go with supermarket brand marshmallows rather than pay the extortionate price for these and get something that tastes a whole lot better. Firstly, I'm amazed that these marshmallows are £1.09 for a bag of 200g. It's outrageous that they can charge so much when 'ASDA' and 'Sainsbury's' offer a 200g bag at just 67p. What makes it so ridiculous is that these don't offer anything special, and fail to be better than the supermarket brands. The taste of these is 100% sweet. I like to indulge but when these are so sweet I can only have a few before I'm totally sick of them. In comparison, some people may think that supermarket brand marshmallows are just too subtle, but who wants to eat super sweet marshmallows? Next is the texture. 'Princess Marshmallows' say that they are 'soft and fluffy' but really I find them more firm and stodgy. Marshmallows should in my opinion be light and airy and it shouldn't be that after a few you feel like you've taken on extra weight at your waist. Maybe I've just had a bad experience, but I fail to see how they can say they are this way, when really they are the complete opposite. As far as whether these are sticky or not, all I have to say is make sure you eat your marshmallow all in one go, or face a sticky predicament. I like to enjoy my marshmallows and sometimes I don't like to eat it all in one go. With these it's harder to make them last longer because by biting them in half, you expose the sticky goo inside which be careful not to touch, or you'll get it everywhere. Marshmallows are a confectionery that is nice to be enjoyed with other products, like chocolate, various sauces and ice cream. Going back to the sweetness of these marshmallows, I'm not sure how I'd manage to combine them with anything else without it being too sweet to handle. I'd like to say I'm sad that I've not had a great experience with these marshmallows, but when I compare them to the supermarket brands, I'm glad, as it means I don't end up wasting money on something I can get cheaper and that tastes better. If you've tried 'Princesses Marshmallows' and aren't that impressed, supermarket brands are your next option, and I'd be interested to see if you've found you like them better.
The first time that I ever felt remotely excited at the sight of a marshmallow was at a family wedding, I bet you have already guessed the reason why! There on a table was the most enormous chocolate fountain brimming over with lush milk chocolate and beside the fountain there were numerous things that you could dip into the running chocolate, including lots of fruit and pink and white marshmallows. Remember that episode of The vicar Of Dibley, when Geraldine had her first encounter with a chocolate fountain? What a laugh that was! Marshmallows are scrumptious full stop, the Other Half will demolish a packet in a few minutes and still look for more. Princes offer 27 pieces of the softest sweetest marshmallow which is made using natural colours and flavourings, is completely fat and gluten free and is also Halal approved for 99p. It is quite a difficult task to try and describe a marshmallow. Princess mallows come in the palest of pink and white and they are about the same size as a cotton wool ball. The outer layer of the marshmallow is slightly firm to the touch yet the mallow feels soft and fluffy. Although the marshmallows are pink and white it is hard to distinguish between them when you put them in your mouth and close your eyes. Each time you pop a marshmallow into your mouth the outer layer, which has a slightly `floury` sweet coating soon melts away leaving you with a soft but enjoyable `mass` in your mouth. They taste really sweet and if you partake of too many they will make you very thirsty. James Martin the TV chef likes to put his marshmallows on skewers and put fresh strawberries in between them, sounds gorgeous. They are fabulous served on the top of a mug of piping hot chocolate too, or put them on a toasting fork and toast them over an open fire, that reminds me of my Girl Guiding days! If you melt some chocolate over a bowl of hot water in a saucepan then you can dip the sweet mallows in chocolate and then roll them in toasted coconut, they are truly delicious. Way back in Medieval times an extract from the mallow plant was used by herbalists to treat many different ailments, ranging from toothache to impotence! But it was the French who came up with the idea of making a sweet from the root of the mallow plant. During the late 1800s the French started to experiment and whipped up egg whites, corn syrup and marshmallow sap which gave them a soft and pliable dough like substance. The soft sweet creation was an instant success and from then on the marshmallow became an important part of life. If any of you fancy having a go at making marshmallows yourself then there are plenty of recipes on the Internet that give step by step instructions. But for me as long as Princess keep putting their delicious marshmallows on the shop shelves I will keep buying them.