Wednesday, May 10, 2006


So Easter is over and your supply of Peeps are gone and there’s no hope of more until Halloween. Where do you turn?


I thought Marpoles, which are long twists of pastel colored marshmallow, might be a good subsitute.

imageThe twists are soft and flexible and covered in starch, instead of colored sugar. They’re also lightly flavored. I think it’s strawberry, but it’s hard to be sure. They smell kind of like cotton candy.

It was soft without being too foamy. Most of all, I had a good time playing with them: tying them in knots, rolling them up into discs and braiding them together. I even put one in the microwave, which made it puff up really big and become sun-surface hot on the inside. I didn’t really taste any different but it made the microwave smell like strawberry Pop-Tarts.

These aren’t really a fair replacement for Peeps, but they’re passably tasty. I can’t really see myself eating these as a treat, but they might be fun for decorating other sweet edibles.

There might be some creative applications like decorating cupcake trees or creating summer dessert kebabs. You could probably cut them smaller and dip them in chocolate or use them for chocolate fountains. They’re a nice treat for kids, as they’re only 40 calories each but look really big, if I were doing a kids party, they might be a nice favor. If you’re decorating your dessert table you could use these as napkin rings and tie them around the napkin and fork. At 10 cents each, there are a lot of possibilities.

Name: Marpoles
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Albert's
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 114
Categories: Marshmallow, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:55 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Hah, awesome. Every country has a version of the classic Marshmallow twisty thing. In the UK we have “Flumps”, which are exactly the same, they’re all the bloody same!

    Comment by GTO on 5/10/06 at 6:34 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    I think I like the name “Flumps” better!

    Marpoles sounds like some sort of family friendly TV show.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/10/06 at 7:31 am #
  3. They’re made by Basset’s who make the Liquorice Allsorts. Surprised I couldn’t find a better picture actually, they’re practically everywhere, somewhat of a pest. You can see through the package in this image though that they are exactly the same.

    Comment by GTO on 5/10/06 at 7:47 am #
  4. Only 40 calories and a novelty to boot - that would be great for a party favor. I’ll have to look for them. Speaking of relatively-low-cal treats, I was surprised when I saw the nutrition facts on some cotton candy (at a baseball stadium) - but then I realized it was basically just a couple of teaspoons of sugar.

    Comment by Tricia on 5/10/06 at 8:31 am #
  5. I saw these at my local 99 Cent Only store, and wasn’t sure if I should try them!  Thanks for the review- they actually sound like just my thing… sweet, low-cal, and cheap.  =)  Love it.


    Comment by Kirsti on 5/10/06 at 8:48 am #
  6. I tryed your marpoles and they are really great tasting .I hope you keep making them.

    Comment by Brenda Leake on 8/25/07 at 8:04 pm #
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