After yesterday's experiment with toasted coconut marshmallows, I guess I was primed for more dessert marshmallows, because a bag of each of these beauties leaped into my cart. Both bags are eight ounces, same as the toasted coconut marshmallows, but these offer smaller marshmallows so you get more in terms of number. The smaller size also makes them a little easier to eat.
The wrappers on both of these espouse odd, somewhat awkward suggestions for what to do with the things. Make flavored Rice Krispy Treats, dunk them in chocolate; the usual. I guess "cram them into your mouth one by one like the little piggy that you are" probably wouldn't look very good, although it would certainly qualify as "truth in advertising."
Chocolate Marshmallows (pictured above)
The single strangest thing about these is that I am pretty sure the outside of the bag is chocolate scented. I could smell chocolate just pulling them out of the grocery sack, but when I squeezed the bag it didn't deflate (meaning that the smell wasn't from a puncture in the bag). Sniffing the outside of the bag definitely gets you the strong smell of chocolate. And my pantry released poofs of chocolate scent every time I opened the door.
Could the chocolate scent of the marshmallows be somehow permeating or leaking through the plastic? Or is it more likely that the food engineers at Kraft have invented a chocolate-smelling plastic bag? And is that devious, or genius, or both?
Anyway, these are not very chocolatey. There is a faint hint of Hershey's cocoa in the smell, and a slight kick of taste. I would call these more of a conceptual thing than anything else.
Cinnamon Bun Marshmallows
I initially overlooked the "bun" in the name, and was mildly disappointed that they did not have more heat to the cinnamon. But the "bun" modifies your expectations; this is a sweet cinnamon, not a spicy one. And hey, this stuff is for kids anyway, and kids are not usually big fans of the spicy kick. I would have preferred it, though.
The best use for these (second to cramming them into your mouth one by one) would be to top hot cocoa. I love to add a little bit of cinnamon to my hot cocoa anyway, and these would be a fancy little topper. Fun!
The bag did not seem as strongly scented as the chocolate ones. But then again, cinnamon isn't as strong a smell.