240Sweet Artisan Marshmallows
Partners Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick are no strangers to the food service industry. They started working with
Chef Alexa's families catering business in the 1980's. When business got slow a few years ago they decided that they needed a way to show thier appreciation for the customers were using thier catering service as an added thank you. Chef Alexa thought that marshmallows would be a good way of doing that. The customers started demanding more marshmallows and thus 240Sweet was born. The name 240Sweet is in reference to the temperature at which the ingredients have to be cooked to so that you will get a proper marshmallow.
Chef Alexa Lemley makes the puffs in small batches using local and all natural ingredients. All of the ingredients that Chef Alexa uses come from within eight hours of Columbus, Indiana where 240Sweet is located. The sugar that she uses is Michigan beet sugar, glucose that is from Ohio, and corn startch that is made in Indiana. These marshmallows are also made without using any preservaties or artificial flavorings. Because, Chef Alexa strives to use the best ingredients she can find she that was why she was asked to be an Indiana Artisan. To be asked to join this program is an honor. "An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit. Their extraordinary talent contributes to Indiana's reputation for quality work."
The marshmallows come in over 150 flavors. The marshmallow flavor range from the savory, such as Turkey with sage dressing to the indulgent chocolate chocolate chip. The way that Chef Alexa and Samantha Aulick are able to offer over 150 different flavors of marshmallows is because, each month they create three new flavors every month for the Marshmallow of the Month Club. The Marshmallow of the Month Club is a unique gift idea that allows the recipient to recieve three bags of marshmallows each month that are new and different every month. They will also recieve a letter from Chef Alexa as to why she chose the flavors she did. This gift is available in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
With all of those flavor options you will have some trouble choosing flavors.The most popular flavors are the
Salty Caramel which is a very vanilla bean puff with ribbons of homemeade Maldon sea salt caramel. The Salty Caramel marshmallows were also included in the April 2012 issue of Oprah Magazine in the article called "Marshmallow Mania". They were listed as the Sweet option to purchase. The second most popular is Elephant Ear. It is a very vanilla bean marshmallows that is covered in Saigon cinnamon and beet sugar. If these flavors do not tempt you can check out thier website to see the rest of thier creations. If in the end you can not choose you can always order the artisan assortment. This is where you will get three bags shipped to you that are of the staff choosing, you can specify gluten free, vegeterian or list if you have any food allergies.
If all the flavors were enough to choose from you have the option of choosing between a treat bag, petite puffs or jumbo
bags when ordering. The treat bag contains three marshmallows that are 1 and 3/4 inches by 1 and 3/4 inches. The peitie puffs are a half pound of bite sized puffs. The jumbo bag contains nine puffs that are 1 and 3/4 inches square. The last type of marshmallow offering is for serious marshmallow lovers only. It is a mashmallow cake, it is a giant marshmallow that can be Salty Caramel, Caramel Chocolate Chip, Turtle or Praline.
240Sweet offers marshmallow three different marshmallow classes. The first class is the Interactive Art of Making Marshmallows.
This class is an hour long adventure that starts with Chef Alexa showing the particiapants how the marshmallows are made and it ends up with the "students" cutting up and bagging thier own marshmallows. There is also the Art of Making Marshmallows class where Chef Alexa shows the participants how marshmallows are made and then toasts them samples. The last class is the Junior Art of Making Marshmallow Class. This class is for 8 to 11 year olds. This class shows the children how to make marshmallows and then they get to cut and bag thier own puffs. All of the classes offer marshmallow samples. You can register find a class schedule on http://www.240Sweet.com.
Other Sweet Creations
Chef Alexa has recently started making all natural flavored sugars, salts and extracts. They offer Vanilla Sugar
which is crunchy beet sugar that is aged with organic Tahitian vanilla beans. They also offer Smoked Demerara Sugar. This product is a crunchy demerara sugar that is cold smoked over hickory chips. The last sugar that they offer is a combonation Cinniamon and Sugar. It is the same mixture that is used to cover thier Elephant Ear marshmallows. The Smoked Salt comes in half pound jars. The Smoked Salt is cold smoked over hickory chips. The last product that they offer is a Small Batch Vanilla Extract. It is four ounces of strong barrel aged vanilla extract that Chef Alexa makes from start to finish.
In the Press
240Sweet is a nationally recognized company. They have recieved recognition from Martha Stewart Weddings. Link label
Daily Candy has called the puffs addictive. Link label
Oprah.com has declared these puffs impressive, and they were included in the list of things to do and try for 2012. Link label
Real Simple Real Simple added these puffs to there list of Foodie Hostess Gifts. Link label
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