Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Littlejohn Caramel Marshmallows

I think it might be marshmallow day here at CandyBlog.net.

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Last week I was at the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax to meet up with some other bloggers and I knew I had to stop at Littlejohn’s Candies because a reader told me they had the best toffee. Of course once I got there my eyes were drawn to these plump caramel kisses - soft caramel drenching a puffy marshmallow. I completely forgot about the toffee.

So, I got two, one in chocolate and one in vanilla. (And a pecan praline which was divine and I ate before I could take a photo of it.) I figured I can always go back for more toffee ... and another pecan praline.

Once I opened the wrapper it was obvious that these caramels were made with lots and lots of butter. They were creamy, very smooth and exceptionally sweet with a slight hit of salt to it. The marshmallow center was smooth and light without being too foamy. The center also wasn’t very sweet, so it gave a nice backdrop to let the caramel dominate the flavor stage. The chocolate caramel wasn’t as tasty to me, there wasn’t enough chocolate to set it apart from the regular caramel and I plan on sticking to the vanilla in the future.

These are messy candies. They stuck to the cellophane wrapper and to my fingers as I held it. They’re too big to put in your mouth all at once (about the size of a squashed golf ball), so eating them posed a challenge. I ended up with sticky fingers. In the future I think I’ll leave them in the cello and scrape them off with my teeth.

Since the Farmers Market and the adjacent Grove shopping center are such a tourist destination in Los Angeles, if you do come to the city be sure to seek this place out for something a little different from the tourist fudge that you find at many places. (Though they certainly have fudge.) It’s a classic, working farmers market and they actually make the candy right there with big plate glass windows so you can learn all of their sugary secrets.

Name: Caramel Covered Marshmallows
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Littlejohn's Candies
Place Purchased: Littlejohn's Candies (Los Angeles Farmers Market)
Price: $15.95/lb - about $1.10 each
Size: ~1 ounce each
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallow, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:44 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Oh yay!  Toffee *and* marshmallow yummies from Littlejohns.  There is no other word for the toffee but “toothsome”.  It really yields to the teeth in a marvelous way.  I’m not a huge toffee fan, but I love theirs.

    Comment by Julilla on 2/22/06 at 12:51 pm #
  2. The best caramel marshmallows ever.  They take you away from the worries of the world.  Soooo buttery and fresh. . . bought a pound for friends who completely agreed.

    Comment by Nyala on 1/25/07 at 4:04 pm #
  3. I’d love to buy some.  I love these candies!!!

    Comment by lollie west on 9/22/07 at 3:40 pm #
  4. I cannot believe that I drove all the way to L.A. to sample these carmel covered pieces of heaven. They are the best. I have gone through the first box and have hidden the rest so my family doesn’t get to them before I do.Do whatever you need to for a chance to sample these outrageously sweet confections! I have my order being sent for Valentines Day. Littlejohns is the one!

    Comment by Kristel on 2/01/08 at 11:47 am #
  5. Visited Littlejohns in February, 2008 and bought 4 of the vanilla caramel marshmallows.  Boy, were they delicious!  Had the chance to return to LA in March and bought an entire box.  Brought them back to South Carolina.  Mine were extremely fresh and the removal from the cellophane was no problem.  Found that you can order on line, and this time, I went for two boxes.  They are scheduled to be delivered on Thursday.  I can hardly wait.  So glad that I discovered Littlejohns as I remember as a little boy over 50 years ago, I used to enjoy Caramallows from the old 5 and 10 cent store in Philadelphia.

    Comment by Arthur on 4/08/08 at 1:41 pm #
  6. Am I the only one who notices that Littlejohn is also the name of a rapper?

    Comment by Bobby on 5/25/08 at 5:04 pm #
  7. I am dying to try the Caramel marshs,do you make any Sugar Free desserts
    Mahalo & AlohaMiss Shawn Dopson

    Comment by Shawn Dopson on 9/05/14 at 3:08 pm #

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