Thursday, October 4, 2007

GudFud Stuffed Marshmallows

Fruit MarshmallowsStuffed, bite-sized marshmallows are not a new product, but certainly not one that’s widely available in the United States.

I’ve seen them at Japanese grocers and Aji Ichiban before, but never packaged just for Americans. And certainly never in these sassy little three puff portions.

Enter GudFud. They’re here to bring us the Asian foamy sweets. They’re packaged to look like they’re Japanese (terribly cute and with Japanese characters on the label, what they say, I know not) but they’re actually made in China. I tried some before and wrote about them here.

Gu Fruit MarshmallowsThe name is a little wacky, and rather Germanic with the umlauts (G?dF?d). Call it fusion! It’s supposed to be pronounced Goood Foood.

I’ve never considered jelly and marshmallows “food”, but perhaps I can start thinking of them as “foood.”

The little individually wrapped Fruit Jelly Stuffed Marshmallows are a bit smashed when inside the package but fluff back up pretty quickly. There’s a lot of packaging, which I guess I didn’t notice at first because it’s mostly clear. The fruity ones were cute and once unwrapped, completely identical on the outside.

The jelly center is where things get different. The jelly is smooth and soft, not quite flowing, but not quite firm like an “orange slice” would be. Really, kind of like the jelly you’d spread on your toast. The flavor is mild, a little tangy, not terribly complex ... just, well nice.

The mix of fruit and marshmallow isn’t really great in my mind. So I tried toasting a package or two. They toasted nicely, though the center didn’t get that molten consistency that I’m used to with Jet or Kraft marshmallows. The marshmallow skin puffed well and browned (well, one caught on fire, but consider it a sacrifice to the marshmallow fire god). Still, the toasted flavor and jelly didn’t really grab me either.

Chocolate Stuffed MarshmallowsSo what about a Chocolate Stuffed Marshmallow. Though each of these are the same, the little packages still have a different little character on them. Each with a different reaction to getting a chocolate bar stuffed into their cranium.

The chocolate filling isn’t firm, it’s soft and easy to bite. It still doesn’t have a lot of chocolate oomph to it, more like a chocolate cream.

I like that the package has three marshmallows in it and you might be able to just pick them up where you buy candy bars. For those on calorie-restricted diets, a single package with three marshmallows is only 50 calories and practically no fat. I don’t know how satisfying they’d be, you might burn more calories opening all the wrappers than you’ll take in from the treats.

I expect they’ll start showing up in stores soon (they pretty much debuted at the All Candy Expo). If they came in large bags they could be fun Halloween treats. (You can buy a box of singles through their phone order system.)

Check out Sera’s review on Candy Addict.

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Name: Stuffed Marshmallows
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Gud Fud
Place Purchased: samples from GudFud
Price: retail $.75 to $1.00
Size: .53 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Chocolate, Jelly, Marshmallow, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I looooove marshmallows, so I’m going to be keeping an eye out for these.
    I also enjoy that in the illustrations, it looks like the little marshmallow guys are having objects smashed into their heads. (And in the case of the one with an orange, it looks rather painful, though grape seems to be enjoying it.) It makes me laugh.

    Comment by Pumpkin on 10/04/07 at 8:58 am #
  2. I was so excited for this review.  The fruit ones don’t interest me terribly, but I would like to try the chocolate.  They’d cut down on the ingredients you’d need for smors.

    Comment by Karen on 10/04/07 at 9:09 am #
  3. I wanna see the inside of a chocolate one!  These look yummy!

    Comment by April on 10/04/07 at 9:14 am #
  4. The individual packet that you took a picture of says “orange” in katakana

    The fruit package says “fruit jelly marshmallow” in katakana

    The chocolate ones, from what i can see, says “chocolate marshmallows” in Katakana

    these look tasty!! kraft’s coming out with chocolate marshmallows as well o.O

    Comment by Erica on 10/04/07 at 9:51 am #
  5. First, allow me to say thank (and curse you!) for your fantastic site.  I have spent (wasted) many hours here in the last couple of weeks. 

    My housework is suffering, but I am now looking at (and eating) candy in an entirely different way.  (OK, I am still eating it in the same way; ie.: in the mouth, chew, swallow, but it feels different:)! )

    Today’s post sent me to your review of Aji Ichiban (which means something like #1 or the best, BTW).  I have discovered that there is one near me, so I am planning an excursion next week.  I am fairly new to Japanese candy, but I have an adventurous spirit; any suggestions?

    And once again, thanks for the fun!  Who needs to vacuum?  Save the dust bunnies!

    Comment by Heidi Schulz on 10/05/07 at 5:03 am #
  6. Oh, I hope I can find these.  I love marshmallow!  The fruit ones aren’t really my cup of tea, but the chocolate ones.. mmm!

    Comment by Alicia on 10/05/07 at 3:11 pm #
  7. Do you still make the chocolate covered marshmallow and mint jelly candies?

    Comment by Liz Wright on 10/10/07 at 8:35 am #
  8. I saw these advertised on Daily Candy ... so I went ahead and ordered the adorable gift boxes for $12.50 each (32 packets in each) for Xmas gifts ... they are soooo good! And I have found they are perfect for hot chocolate!

    Comment by Erika F on 11/27/07 at 9:53 am #
  9. Hello!
    I would like to know about the gealitin that is found in marshmallows or jelly. I will be very thankful to you if i can get the details of gealitin like;
    What is gealitin?
    Is it made of animals fat or bones?If yes please specify.
    Or is it halal or non halal product?
    Thx for your kind consideration.
    Best regards

    Comment by Shamim on 9/18/08 at 7:25 pm #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Shamim - contact the producer of the candy for information about the origin of their ingredients.

    I can tell you right now that gelatin is made from the gristle (connective tissue) of animals, usually pigs but sometimes cows or fish. If it were Halal I would have mentioned it here in the review.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/18/08 at 7:32 pm #
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