Jet -Puffed mallow bits are for those of us who eat all the marshmallows (marbits) out of Lucky Charms and nibble on the marshmallow packs that come with instant hot chocolate mix. I’m one of “those” people and I’m extremely grateful that Kraft decided to launch this product and that I can buy more at my local Target.
Mallow bits come with serving suggestions: sprinkle on hot chocolate or ice cream, but the are a tasty treat on their own. The Peppermint ones are naturally flavored, beautifully colored, perfectly balanced and perfectly flavored. I’m in awe. The vanilla mallow bits use artificial flavor and are yummy at first, but leave a bitter aftertaste if over consumed. Still, I’m impressed. Perhaps I shouldn’t have over consumed, however, on my behalf, mallow bits are addicting.
Are mallow bits freeze-dried marshmallows? Freeze drying is an expensive process typically reserved for delicate fruits. Then how are mallow bits or mar bits manufactured? I have a theory. I believe sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin, sodium phosphate and flavor are mixed in a heated tank, then aerated. The slurry is then formed into “bits” and dried on a conveyor belt where cornstarch is sprinkled on them to keep them from sticking to each other. My only complaint about the product is that they should have used less cornstarch. When I got to the bottom of the container, I was surprised that the pieces of powder were not marshmallow dust, but bland starchy powder.
Again, I love this product and I’m in awe. I’d love to try to copy it and add different shapes, colors and flavors. Thank you again Kraft for this wonderful product. I’ll be buying more.