Home made marshmallows...there's something special about them which sets them apart from the pink and white blobs from the supermarket. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on the supermarket version but once you try home made marshmallows, you'll definitely notice the difference and look at them in a completely different light. Burgh Bakes specialise in these gourmet treats and Nicole Roberts is Edinburgh's very own Marshmallow Lady.
What sets home made marshmallows apart is the texture and the flavour. They are supremely fluffy soft and more dense and moist whilst still retaining a delicate texture. This makes them more of a mouthful - not spongy chewy but billowy melt in the mouth. Burgh Bakes marshmallows have real definable flavours too and Nicole makes some amazing flavours from traditional vanilla and seasonal berries to more innovative varieties such as millionaire shortbread, caramel swirl and reverse rocky road. There's not the cloying super sweetness you associate with eating a few too many marshmallows. A lot of love goes into making sure these flavours are pronounced - the key lime pie has a zest you can really taste, the tangy kick for the lemon meringue comes from hand-squeezed lemons and Nicole makes fruit purées for any seasonal berry flavours herself. There's also a lot of attention to detail which makes these extra special. The reverse rocky road has everything you'd expect to find in a rocky road except that chocolate marshmallow is the main ingredient, with a deep dark chocolatey flavour. The millionaire shortbread and key lime pie have a yummy biscuity base.
Burgh Bakes have seasonal flavours too so check the Facebook page for any new updates. I'm looking forward to having some chocolate mint flavoured marshmallows for the winter to dip into my hot chocolate and maybe even some lemon meringue marshmallow melted into my tea. They'd be perfect for making rocky road and for toasting. By the way, Burgh Bakes marshmallows are all natural, gluten free and mostly fat free - obviously they're not a health food but you know, they're better for you than a Mars Bar! Nicole is working on a vegetarian version which should hopefully be available soon.
Burgh Bakes are available via mail order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive cubes of soft gourmet marshmalllows, packaged in cute retro bags. I can imagine they'd make a lovely wedding favour or gift. Otherwise, they're stocked for £3.60 at Earthy Foods, Lickety Splits, Edinburgh Larder and Candy Cupcake or you can find them at Portobello market (first Saturday of the month) and Juniper Green Farmers market (third Saturday of the month) where you can pick up some marshmallow lollies too.