I started becoming a vegetarian when I was four. My Aunt Effie served lamb for Easter and when I discovered what was on the plate I promptly threw up. At the age of five I had to be taken out of a seafood restaurant when I realized the lobsters in the tank at the entrance were becoming the meals at the tables around us. When I was six I found out that venison was Bambi. And so it continued.
I gave up the very last bit of meat left in my diet (ground beef) when I was 16. Even after all these years there still a few things I miss. Tuna salad on a tomato on a hot summer day, sizzling bacon on a cold winter morning.
And marshmallows. No yams with marshmallows at Thanksgiving. No Rocky Road ice cream. No s’mores. That’s the one that really hurts. In the past few years there have been a couple of companies that have tried vegetarian marshmallows but they weren’t very good to start with and not good at all for s’mores: too small, too sticky, too melty. Over the years I’ve even tried s’mores with marshmallow cream. If you think regular s’mores are messy, marshmallow cream is messier.
So when I saw the Trader Joe’s has come out with vegetarian marshmallows I was skeptical. But I figured if they were terrible it was only a couple of bucks. Over the weekend, Young Adult and I made a little fire in our pit and gave them a try. Imagine my surprise when they turned out to be great. Not quite as soft as your basic Stay Puff, but great for s’mores. They stayed on the skewer until they were done and tasted just fine. They did go pretty fast from light brown to bubbly but that might have had something to do with the impatience of the s’more makers. Guess I’ll have to try marshmallows on yams next!
What have you given up that you miss?