Marshmallow Cream without Gelatin: My boyfriend has been talking about how much he’s been craving marshmallows, but some brands have gelatin as an ingredient, which we don’t consume as vegetarians. I found an alternative at the natural grocer (also widely available online), but how does it compare to the traditional stuff?
Appearance, Flavor and Texture
The Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme that I purchased came in a 10 ounce (234 gram) plastic container with a pop-off lid. It is mostly white with a blue background on the front and red and white lettering. When I first popped the lid and took a look, I immediately noticed a sweet, wonderful aroma. The product is very creamy and gooey looking, and slightly yellowish (from the brown rice syrup that’s used as the only sweetener for the product). You can see how fluffy it is just by looking at it, as it’s very airy.
With the first bite I was hooked and wanted more! It is a very sweet and delicious flavor and, to me, tastes identical to any other marshmallow cream product I’ve tried. Although it is sweet and creamy, it is still light and delicious, so it’s a great balance of all these characteristics. My boyfriend loves it also, and he is very picky.
I first tried the ricemellow creme by itself on a spoon and loved it, but I wanted to test it out in a classic marshmallow recipe: s’mores. I layered my s’more with the traditional graham cracker, chocolate, and ricemellow creme, and slightly warmed it to a gooey perfect rendition of sweetness! Ahh, it was incredibly sweet and delicious with a hint of what seems like vanilla flavor. It may be slightly too sweet for some people, but if you love the sweetness, it will be perfect for you. Also, it’s easily modified to cut back the sweetness by adding less of the creme, more graham cracker, or whatever you decide. In many recipes, this can be used and modified to suit your own specific preferences.
There is a long list of what’s not in this product: no gluten or animal products, no fat, no GMOs (genetically modified organisms), no cholesterol, no refined sugars, no preservatives, and none of other unhealthy additives. So what does it have in it? It’s made of all natural ingredients: brown rice syrup, soy protein, and natural gums and flavors. That’s it, just four all natural ingredients.
One serving size is 2 tablespoons (about 12 grams), and approximately 23 servings can be obtained from this container. Each serving has 40 calories, no fat or cholesterol, only 5 mg of sodium (essentially 0% of your daily value), 9 grams of total carbohydrates (of which 7 grams are sugars). This product doesn’t really contain any protein or nutrients, but compared to similar products it is slightly lower in total carbohydrates, or sugars, and doesn’t contain any eggs or artificial ingredients.
This healthier marshmallow creme can be used anywhere you would use traditional marshmallows or marshmallow cream. On the package suggested uses include s’mores, of course, as well as rice crispy treats,
toppings for hot beverages such as coffee or hot cocoa, over ice cream, or even in a unique sandwich of peanut butter and ricemellow! Of course, you can also use it in fudge and pie recipes, on popcorn, when making homemade granola, to top snowballs and sundaes, as a dip for fruits, or straight from the container, because it’s just that delicious!
As with most marshmallow creams, this product is recommended to be stored in a cool, dry place, and will last a long time on your shelf if properly sealed with its lid. Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme is made by Suzanne’s Specialties, Inc., and can be contacted by calling 1-800-762-2135 or by visiting the website: www.suzannes-specialties.com.
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