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Pricing Marshmallows?

Aberwacky's picture

A colleague's wife was VERY enamored of the marshmallows I gave as Christmas goodies last year and wants to buy some from me to give out this year at her office.


(I tried to get her to make them herself, but no go).


So, how do I go about figuring out what to charge her if I decide to do it? 


Leigh


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #44516, reply #1 of 135)

I saw them in some catalog--maybe Williams Sonoma. Maybe half of whatever that was.  If they are hard, then 3/4?

Gretchen

While you are about it, would you post the recipe?

 

 
http://ww2.williams-sonoma.com/sch/kwd.cfm?words=marshmallows&src=hme&ftest=1&fromheader=1&cmreferrer=http%253A%252F%252Fww5%252Ewilliams%252Dsonoma%252Ecom%252F&action=KWD&flash=on


Edited 12/7/2005 3:46 pm ET by Gretchen

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #3 of 135)

Here's the recipe:


http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=20876.29


Leigh


Yikes, the WS marshmallows are $18.50 for twelve!!!!!


 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #44516, reply #6 of 135)

And believe me, even my homemade ones are better!  I bought some W-S marshmallows right before Christmas when they went on sale and finally threw them out.  Yech.



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soccermom's picture

(post #44516, reply #10 of 135)

Yes, we bought the chocolate WS variety at a huge discount last year. DDs wouldn't try a second one. They were nasty.

 


 

 

 

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #44516, reply #19 of 135)

Aberwacky, these marshmallows are great!  I made two batches today, vanilla and raspberry, using frozen berries.  Next time I'm going to flavor them with orange flower water and tint them orange.  Good luck with your sales. 

helena's picture

(post #44516, reply #39 of 135)

Leigh, could you tell me how much 4 packages of gelatin is in weight or tablespoons?

helena's picture

(post #44516, reply #40 of 135)

Nevermind, Jean already came to the rescue :o)

Gretchen's picture

(post #44516, reply #41 of 135)

All right, I'm about to be hooked.  When you say "baking sheet" is this a large cookie/jelly roll pan or medium sized, etc.  Mine is about an inch on the side--but have two sizes.
Sorry to be so "needy', but I want to have the right size.  I HATE to be sticky!!  It's amazing I love my kids and grands as much as I do (kids are ALways sticky!).

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mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #42 of 135)

I use a lasagna pan, so I can have thicker pieces. If you want thin, then spread the marshmallow goo out. :) Very very flexable. Whatever you do, oil and sprinkle heavily with sugar/cornstarch mixture. Make it look like snow.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #44516, reply #43 of 135)

have you tried wearing latex exam gloves? then they get sticky and you don't.


I'm with you on that - I hate sticky!


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Gretchen's picture

(post #44516, reply #44 of 135)

Great idea. Thanks.

Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #44516, reply #45 of 135)

Speaking of that, do you need any more gloves?



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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #44516, reply #47 of 135)

oh my, no.  AntiCook sent so many, I don't know if we'll ever get through them. DH found they are too lightweight for when he's working on the cars, so I picked up some all black nitrile ones for him  - but the plain latex ones are fine for me for when I'm making soap or cutting chiles. Thank you, though!

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MadMom's picture

(post #44516, reply #49 of 135)

We're trying to cover the world with those things...I use them whenever I need gloves, and probably only have about 8,672 pair left, LOL.



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Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #48 of 135)

I use a variety of pans--usually a half-sheet pan (the marshmallows won't fill up the whole surface).  I've also used a Pyrex 13x9 and other sizes, and they work very well.  It's quite flexible--all depends on what size you want the end marshmallows to be. 


I suppose you could even pour them into muffin tins or some such thing, too.


Ooooh--I just got an idea!  Silicon baking pans would be PERFECT for marshmallows.


Hmmm. . . now I just need to dig through my stash and see which would work best. . .


Leigh


 


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mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #50 of 135)

I just put some in a 3" ramakin.  I think I will cram it in my coffee mug.  I am thinking of making more marshmallow to use as icing for some cupcakes for a birthday party next weekend.  It is so thick pretty and swirly.  Maybe I could then dunk them in chocolate...  LOL.  This is getting to be a bit much.


Just as an FYI, marshmallows are sticky, but they are not like caramels or other supper sticky sugary stuff.  If you use your rubber/silicone spatulas, you can transfer it very easily.  You don't actually touch it with your hands.  Soak everything in the sink for a few minutes and it all washes off quickly.


Edited 12/12/2005 10:50 am ET by MER

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #51 of 135)

LOL. . .This is getting to be a bit much.


Since they're so inexpensive and fun to make, I'd count it as an entertainment expense! Where else could you get so much fun for so little?


And if you start to get buried under an avalanche of marshmallows, at least they're nice and cushy.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #52 of 135)

Yes, they make perfect couch pillow inserts.  Just unzip and munch!


I have to decide what flavor to make tonight.  :)  Maybe strawberry...   I bought a cheapy $3 permanent coffee filter that is dishwasher safe.  I hope that I won't break it if I put strawberry puree thorough it.  My other strainers aren't fine enough to get the seeds.


I love that they are freakishly cheap to make.  LOL!   

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #53 of 135)

The first time I made marshmallows several years ago, I had to fight the tempation to use the uncut one as a pillow.  Has the perfect spring!


You might just leave the strawberry seeds in--they'd make lovely speckles.  I would--but then again, I'm lazy.  Raspberry I do strain out, because they are big enough to bother folks.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
CookiM0nster's picture

(post #44516, reply #54 of 135)

If I poured them into cookie or candy molds do you think they'd hold the impression?

deejeh's picture

(post #44516, reply #55 of 135)

I've been wondering if it would be possible to replicate the cornstarch molds that candy factories use.  Of course, it might be more difficult with marshmallow, since it doesn't flow out of the bowl.


deej

mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #57 of 135)

As long as you aren't looking for a lot of crisp detail, I think it would work beautifully.  I don't know what to compare it to, but it does have a certain flow to it, but it is not like hard crack candy or chocolate.  It is much thicker.

deejeh's picture

(post #44516, reply #58 of 135)

It might be a good way to make a consistent shape that one could then use for dipping or mallow cookies.  I think a trip to the local bulk foods store for a lot of cornstarch is in my future...


deej

mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #59 of 135)

If you want uniform, pour them onto a sheet and cut with a cookie cutter.   


In other news, I've been wondering about using a large pastry bag with a big tip.  Wouldn't it be cute to do large kiss shapes?  LIke merangues...

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #60 of 135)

I thought about that, but wondered how well it would work.  Let me know if you try it!


Leigh


 


 


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deejeh's picture

(post #44516, reply #61 of 135)

Yup, could do that, but what I was thinking of was a dome shape - perfect for topping a cookie.


deej

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44516, reply #62 of 135)

I have some silicone muffin pans that are in a dome shape.  I've used them for soap, but never muffins.


Might be fun to try as a marshmallow mold.


Leigh


P.S.  All this gives brainstorming a new dimension for me.  I'm used to it in a business meeting, but online in a cooking forum is a new spin!


 



edited for typos


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Edited 12/12/2005 4:21 pm by Aberwacky

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
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mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #64 of 135)

Good idea.  i've got one that has small pyramids.  THey would look so cool.  If you happen to try it out, let me know.

mer's picture

(post #44516, reply #63 of 135)

If you want to top a cookie, I would do it directly on the cookie, before it starts to dry.  I might have to go to WF and get the Newman Os without the filling.  :)


 


 

deejeh's picture

(post #44516, reply #65 of 135)

Yes, I could certainly do it that way.  I was thinking about Mallowmars - the crispy biscuit with a marshmallow top glued to it with a bit of raspberry jam and then the whole thing dunked in chocolate.  They look so neat and smooth, and I don't think I could get them that way by spooning or piping the marshmallow directly onto the cookie.


deej