My husband Al and I noticed the other day that someone asked a search engines one of the deepest, singularly most important, truly fundamental questions of the Gluten-Free Universe which is: are marshmallows gluten-free?
That question is quite possibly “Smore” important than almost any other question known to mortal Man, Woman or Child…
… Especially during summer camping and camp fire months or during holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter when marshmallow filled and based treats like Smores, appropriately browned or blackened to a crisp campfire marshmallows, chocolate covered treats and confectioners delights succulently enhanced by the delicate, sugary taste of the beloved marshmallow, are the norm…
… And the list is almost endless… much to the delight of children of all ages!
And, since July and August are obviously the “National Campfire Marshmallow Treats Months” in North America, we got talking about just how many things can be made with marshmallows. Here is a quick list that we came up with…
- Marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes or yams. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners must ALWAYS have this one on the menu to be truly complete and satisfying.
- Rocky Road Ice Cream/Rocky Road Candy – Did you know that Rocky Road was originally a candy and, because it was so popular, they made it into an ice cream flavor? And, if memory serves me, we had some just last week … Yum, Yum!
- Crispy rice treats – Absolutely fabulous, all the time. Especially if you have little kids.
- S’mores – what would a day camping, a day at the lake, a picnic or a campfire be without them?
- “Caught in the wild” camp fire-roasted “fresh” marshmallows… Always the “King” of all marshmallow-based treats… delicately golden brown, slightly charred or burned to a crisp; what more can I say?
If you have any suggestions for an entry for the list, please, leave a comment below. If we get enough suggestions we will publish the final list.
I might have a longer list but a major problem that I have in my household and a contributory factor to not having a longer list is that my husband almost always eats them by the handful whenever he finds them and leaves the bag open which makes them stale. So, I hide the marshmallows whenever I buy them and only bring them out when I’m cooking with them. I suppose that means that “Raw” marshmallows should be added to the list, too.
Another, absolutely MAJOR question that I will need to leave unanswered is “Are Mallo® Cups” manufactured by Boyer® actually gluten-free?” Based upon the ingredients list on the Boyer® Mallo® Cup site, it looks like it is gluten-free but you will need to contact Boyer® to find out for sure.
And, of course we must give an honorable mention to the Right-Honorable Hot Dog, the other perennial cookout and camping favorite. Personally, I like mine with everything on it.
So, are marshmallows gluten-fee?
Oh, yeah, marshmallows are usually gluten-free but you will need to check the ingredients list or contact the manufacturer to find out for sure.