Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sweet Cred South Africa Marshmallow Footballers

Sweet Cred South Africa Marshmallow FootballersToday is the final game of the 2010 World Cup, which I thought warranted a special review of some actual South African candy. But instead I’m going to review these.

South Africa Marshmallow Footballers are made by a company called Sweet Cred based in the United Kingdom, which sounds more like an casual clothing company than someone who makes confections. They specialize in gummies, sour ropes and marshmallows along with novelty shapes and holiday themes. The candies themselves are made in China.

Inside the package is a tray with eight little pockets to hold the Footballers. Yes, eight. Not eleven. Maybe it’s a metric conversion thing. You don’t get a whole team.

It’s only 88 grams (which means each candy is just 11 grams) but a huge package - about the footprint of a sheet of A4 paper.

Sweet Cred South Africa Marshmallow Footballers

The marshmallow figures are wearing the uniform colors of the South Africa national team. But that’s about as far as the resemblance goes. They’re mostly “peachy” looking guys, but a few are what I’d call “violet putty” color, certainly nothing like the real team. Did you look at the photo there? Yeah, none of them have green hair or huge, puffy noses.

Sweet Cred South Africa Marshmallow Footballers

As decorated marshmallow candies, there’s a lot more to them than just the ordinary sugar crusted Marshmallow Peep. These are frosted in several colors and then coated in a sugar crust. They’re a basic strawberry flavor as far as I can tell.

Sweet Cred South Africa Marshmallow Footballers

The marshmallow in the center is whatever color the footballer’s flesh is, but it’s all the same flavor after that. The hair, stripes, eyes, smiles and shoelaces are frosted after the sugar crust and are quite a bit more crunchy. The clothing is simply chewier than the marshmallow.

The texture is soft and latexy, it has a nice foamy chew to it but it’s very sweet, even when I took bites without the sugar crusting. Each piece feels like a lot of candy - it’s about three inches high and only a little over a third of an ounce. Kids will probably enjoy them, especially those fascinated with soccer (football).

The candy reminded me of so many other Chinese marshmallow candies I’ve had. It’s passable stuff and in the case of Sweet Cred, they’ve gone the extra mile and are sourcing beef gelatin, so these are Halal.

As with many of the novelty marshmallows I’ve had, I think they make better edible decorations than actual edible products. So for cupcakes or a cake or just a fun buffet in celebration of the World Cup, these would be great. They’re probably also great for giving to kids with vuvuzelas, if only to make them stop for the minute that it takes for them to gobble these.

These were sent to me by a wonderful reader (along with some other items I’ll get to reviewing, like premium nougat).

Related Candies

  1. Ball Gum Balls (Football & Tennis)
  2. CVS Marshmallow Pop
  3. Choco-Fudge Mallow Sundae
  4. Marshmallow Pig
  5. Frankford Marshmallow Pals

Name: South Africa Marshmallow Footballers
Brand: Street Cred
Place Purchased: gift from Hoover_Dam (thanks!)
Price: unknown
Size: 3.1 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Candy, Marshmallow, 4-Benign, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:37 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyMarshmallow4-BenignChina

  1. This review and the recent CVS marshmallow review made me want to recommend Dandies.  If you can find them I would highly recommend them. They are impressively tasty!

    Comment by umme on 7/11/10 at 11:54 am #
  2. How random I saw the England team version of these just the other day in a convenience store here in the UK

    Comment by Jim on 7/11/10 at 3:31 pm #
  3. I never ever want to bite into a candy like that and find it colored to the middle that way.  There’s something about its peanut butter colored flesh that absolutely rings my alarm bell.  I couldn’t eat that any more than a puppy sandwich.

    Comment by Dave on 7/11/10 at 6:49 pm #
  4. so cute Marshmallow. so sweet.

    Comment by utari on 7/11/10 at 7:40 pm #
  5. Sweet Cred is Awesome - they also do the Manchester United team and checked their web site out and they do a bunch of different teams.  Waiting to get these in the USA - shame, Man U play All Stars tonight in Houston!!!

    Comment by Franco on 7/28/10 at 3:07 pm #
  6. also its Sweet Cred not Street Cred, other link goes to a hip hop site???!

    Comment by Franco on 7/28/10 at 3:10 pm #
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