Vegan marshmallows are the height of decadent vegan junk food, right? I've always been a big Sweet & Sara marshmallow fan since they are easily picked up at Whole Foods. Vegan Essentials had a discount, so I picked up some Dandies with my last order. I also took advantage of a Groupon for Sweet & Sara and bought a bunch of stuff I haven't tried yet from them.
There are some distinct differences between the two marshallows -- the Dandies are big, round & puffy like their gelatin-derived cousins. Perfect for putting onto a stick and melting. They are lighter and fluffier. The Sweet & Sara marshmallows are denser, chewier & have a richer vanilla flavor - their strawberry marshmallow is pretty fantastic, too!
THE S'MORES TEST: The shape of Sweet & Sara's marshmallows makes it really easy to use scissors to cut it in half across the middle for two flat squares to lay out on a graham cracker, with chocolate on the other side. I just slide that into the toaster oven on "broil" and by the time the marshmallows are puffing up, the chocolate is melted just enough and I snap the cracker in the middle and press the two sides together. The lower profile of the Sweet & Sara marshmallow works better in the toaster oven.
The Dandies marshmallow got kind of crispy (still delicious) and works better for the outdoors s'smores, toasted on a stick version.
THE FONDUE TEST: Since they are so big, I usually find myself snipping up the Sweet & Sara marshmallows into little squares to dip into melted chocolate & chill as a super yummy treat! They are just too big to eat whole with fondue. As they are fluffier and not quite as rich, the Dandies work really well in fondue.
RECOMMENDATION: Buy them both! I like Sweet & Sara for toaster s'mores and Dandies for fondue, but both have excellent & distinct flavors.
Other Sweet & Sarah treats I tried included the Cinnamon & Hazelnut biscotti - they were delicious - they had a rich crumbly texture like pecan sandies, weren't too busted up in shipping and went really well with my coffee. I'm half-Italian by heritage, so that makes me a dunker - these cookies stand up pretty well to the dunking test (just don't dunk the same area more than twice or you will have mushy coffee). I also tried a sample of the Rocky Road - that was quite delicious but I prefer making that kind of treat at home since it's so easy to toast some pecans/almonds, chop up marshmallows and melt chocolate.