I may be shooting myself in the foot with this post, especially in Los Angeles. We certainly have the reputation of being a group that spends all day at pilates classes, drinking kale shakes and worrying whether than size 2 dress on Rodeo Dr will fit tomorrow if I sneak a bite of this vegan cookie. But Sprinkles has survived, even past the cupcake boom! And Salt & Straw is doing great business, definitely thanks in part to my own obsession with their seasonal flavors (IPA ice cream with grapefruit jelly and sunflower seeds!!!! salted caramel thanksgiving turkey with bits of crispy turkey skin mixed in!!!!).
That said, most people don't want to be confronted with the Nutritional Information of these splurges. If I don't know how bad it is for me, how bad can it really be? But I hate that thinking. We live in a country where 1/3 of our population is obese and 2/3 overweight. Nutrition isn't taught in schools or in popular culture - my own father (who has a PhD, mind you) asked me was "protein" was the other week. Pinterest and Facebook memes have perpetuated the myth that green tea promotes metabolism and that juice cleanses are a great way to flush toxins from your system. There's this idea that you can't be healthy and also have an Oreo McFlurry every once in a while, and the result is an all or nothing dichotomy that makes both sides of the equation miserable. You accept having Mac & Cheese for lunch every day and the sluggishness that comes along with it, or it's chicken breast and kale and 5ks until you die.
So having the nutritional information readily available for my marshmallows, with all the sugar and calories... it might turn some people off. I'm ok with that. But know this: you can eat these as part of a balanced diet. You can eat them in moderation and they will not kill you or immediately give you cellulite. I want to have this info available for you, my customers. I want you to be able to google "Mallow & Hop Nutritional Information" and plug a 60 calorie marshmallow into MyFitnessPal and still come in under your calorie goal for the day.
Bear in mind: these numbers are all estimates. A number of factors can throw this number off, including but not limited to
- Alcohol burning off during the cooking process
- Not using the full amount of caramel for a batch of caramel apple pie
- Lemon and lime juice both getting away with being listed as 0 calories, since they list their serving size as 1 tsp and anything less than 5 calories can be rounded down.
I'll be interested to see, if my business is successful and I start the process of getting these items tested in a lab for the full required Nutritional Info panel, how accurate these guesstimates end up being. Until then, use as a guide, and snack away.
Per 1 Marshmallow (1.5" x 1.5" x 1")
Cherry Beer: 63 Calories, 15g Carbs of which 15g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Apricot IPA: 65 Calories, 15.5g Carbs of which 15.25g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Strawberry Lemonade: 60 Calories, 15g Carbs of which 15g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Key Lime Pie: 58 Calories, 0.1g Fat, 14g Carbs of which 13.5g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Mocha Chip: 53 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 12g Carbs of which 11.5g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Mint Chocolate Chip: 53 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 12g Carbs of which 11.5g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
Caramel Apple Pie: 68 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 15.5g Carbs of which 15.5g is Sugar, 0.5g Protein
To end, a short list of some things a marshmallow has less sugar than: 8oz orange juice, a bottle of Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon, Fage's Fruyo 0% Peach Greek Yogurt, a large banana, a short Caffe Mocha at Starbucks with nonfat milk and no whipped cream, 1 medjool date, 4 pieces of dried mango from Trader Joe's. This was 10 minutes of research of foods that I - for the record - eat and love. But be careful about the foods you think are healthy - moderation in all!