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.