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Trader Joe’s Peppermint Marshmallows, reviewed

tj’s mint mallows

 I love marshmallow creme and fluffy, fresh jet-puffed marshmallows in both jumbo and mini sizes, but I am incredibly picky about “gourmet” marshmallows. Does that make me a marshmallow snob, or just a connoisseur? These high-priced marshmallows have been becoming more and more common over the past couple of holiday seasons and are now appearing in more places and flavors than ever before. Picky though I am, I almost always try gourmet marshmallows when I see them. Natually, when I found out taht Trader Joe’s just introduced their own gourmet Peppermint Marshmallows, I had to pick up a box.

The mallows had an odd pink color running through them to look like a swirl of mint, but the smell coming from the box was quite strong and I doubt there would be any mistaking the flavor of these sweets. I popped a whole one into my mouth. The mint was strong and, unfortunately, not at all pleasant. That first marshmallow was so overwhelmingly minty that I actually couldn’t finish it. The next day, I tried again and found that while the precise amount of mint flavor seemed to vary slightly by individual marsmallow, just about all were over-the-top minty.

As much as I love mint, I’m just not a big fan of these even though I had high hopes for the product. TJ’s suggests serving the marshmallows with hot chocolate and I think that would be a far better application for these than trying to eat them straight. The mintiness would be mellowed by a strong chocolate flavor and, of course, chocolate and mint are an excellent combination in general.

For now, I’ll be sticking with my own homemade marshmallows, in either the original formulation or my peppermint variation if I want a mint fix.

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9 Comments
  • At first I thought I was going to have to lust after something I couldn’t have (I love peppermint) but now I’m semi-glad it wasn’t a good review 🙂 Whew.

  • Heidi
    December 4, 2007

    I’ve never understood the new marshmallow trend. It just seems like there’s not a lot that a marshmallow can be improved on.

  • Amy
    December 4, 2007

    This past week I bought Peppermint Peeps and thought they too were too minty. I felt like I’d just brushed my teeth.

  • moon
    December 5, 2007

    I love your marshmallows and have made them with just vanilla. Any idea how much peppermint to add?

    Heidi, You’ve got to taste the homemade ones. They are so different. Plus, they look much better on the plate than a pile of Kraft.

  • Ken
    December 23, 2007

    I love them…they are great in hot chocolate!!!

  • Tom
    January 7, 2008

    Try Tuccelli’s gourmet Marshmallows. They are the best mallows on the planet.

  • Pete
    February 19, 2008

    I have tried tuccelli’s… I like Pete’s Gourmet Mallows much better.
    The best on the planet Tom, if you use the words, “probably” or “could be” you won’t get into trouble with the Law.

    Hope all is well,

    Pete
    http://www.petesgourmet.com

  • Tom
    June 4, 2008

    Thank you Pete for the legal education. I will correct my wording by saying that Tuccelli Marshmallows in my humble opinion are better than all of the mallows that I’ve tasted. I have not tasted Pete’s gourmet but have some ordered and will post the results soon.

  • Tom
    June 4, 2008

    Thank you Pete for the legal education. I will correct my wording by saying that Tuccelli Marshmallows in my humble opinion are better than all of the mallows that I’ve tasted. I have not tasted Pete’s gourmet but have some ordered and will post the results soon.

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