Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hello Kitty Pineapple Marshmallows

Hello Kitty Pineapple MarshmallowThe pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. Back in the early days of commercial cultivation in the eighteenth century they were extremely expensive, so when a host provided pineapple as part of a meal, guests were honored. Eventually the images of pineapples were also used in decorating, probably because of the tastiness of the fruit as well as the fun shape and symmetry. I mention this because of the charming image on the Hello Kitty Tropical Pineapple Marshmallow is of the white cat holding a pineapple, dressed in a sharp polka dotted blue dress and sporting a blue hibiscus flower at her ear.

Japan does marvelous things with marshmallow, I feel like they’re an extension of their gummi culture (after all, most of the ingredients are the same). Part of it, I think, is that marshmallows are formulated & marketed for people of all ages. Hello Kitty is obviously aimed at tweens and folks who are young at heart. But other varieties of marshmallows go for anime fans and there are even “beauty marshmallows” in Japan that purport to have rejuvenating collagen in them.

Hello Kitty Pineapple Marshmallows

The marshmallows are light and about 1.25 inches around. They have little pinch points on the ends so they remind me of little sausages of balloons. The outside is soft and lightly powdery (corn starch).

The smell sweet and lightly floral, like a ripe pineapple in the store. The marshmallow texture is soft and latexy with a light bounce.

Biting into them I know that the center was going to have a little jelly reservoir. It was still surprising and ultimately nice. The marshmallow itself is sweet and has that pineapple floral thing going on, but the jam center definitely gave it some pop. The goo was a bit like the pineapple sauce on an ice cream sundae. It was sweet and tangy and had little bits of real pineapple in it.

After popping a few of them, I wondered what they were like toasted.

Hello Kitty Pineapple Marshmallow

The aroma was amazing, I like toasted marshmallows, but this had an added flowery note that really smelled delicious. The outside toasted well, though the jam center didn’t get quite as molten gooey as I hoped. The toasting seemed to make it all a bit sweeter than it was at room temperature. They might make an excellent addition to a S’more - though the Strawberry version is probably a bit better flavor-wise.

As far as marshmallows go, I prefer them either covered in chocolate and used as an element in a larger candy (Scotchmallows) but my second choice is flavored. The jam center gives some texture variation and reminds me of a Westernized mochi. For someone who’s watching their weight or wants to give a small treat to a kid, marshmallows fit the bill - they’re low in calories plus there’s a lot of air in there. So you could eat the whole bag and it’s only 300 calories. (The other plus is there are no artificial colors in this version - though they do use artificial flavors but mostly real pineapple.) The whole Hello Kitty thing is really just about the packaging, but in this case I think the choice of licensing was at least with a quality product. I picked these up at a market in Little Tokyo, but I’ve seen the Strawberry ones at Cost Plus World Market.

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Name: Tropical Pineapple Marshmallows
Brand: Eiwa
Place Purchased: Little Tokyo Market (Little Tokyo)
Price: $1.59
Size: 3.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Candy, Marshmallow, 6-Tempting, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:11 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyJelly CandyMarshmallow6-TemptingJapan

  1. These look a lot like gudfud marshmallows. I’d definitely give them a shot.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 8/27/10 at 5:13 am #
  2. I’m a thirty year old man.  Is it ok if I eat these?  Do I need someone to purchase them for me?  I wouldn’t mind trying them!

    Great pics!

    Comment by Steve on 8/27/10 at 6:43 pm #
  3. I’ve tried these, they’re really good!

    Comment by Marie on 12/12/10 at 10:22 pm #
  4. i love you candy, candy.

    Comment by sapphire estridge on 7/26/12 at 12:23 pm #
  5. chocolate

    Comment by sapphire estridge on 7/26/12 at 12:23 pm #
  6. After hunting for these every time I go to World Market, I finally found them on a hunt for British foodstuffs.

    I LOVE these. For me, the marshmallows are just the serving vessel of the jelly inside. SO GOOD!

    Comment by Miranda on 7/27/12 at 11:33 am #
  7. Do you know what kind of gelatin is used in these marshmallows?

    Comment by KaiaCeline on 12/12/14 at 3:32 pm #
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