They’re soft, sugary and taste great toasted. And now they’ve gone gourmet. Coast to coast, small-batch purveyors are turning the everyday marshmallow into an epicurean delight. Ready to glam up your next campfire cookout? Try the following:Li’l Puffs
San Jose, Calif.
These gluten-free marshmallows are made with all-natural ingredients and include a handful of flavors — such as pineapple and mango — that incorporate fresh-fruit puree. Vegan varieties can be custom ordered. www.lilpuffs.com
This shop in the city’s new Public Market is stocked with unusual marshmallow offerings like root beer and orange creamsicle. Feeling brave? Ask for a Ghost Pepper, touted as the world’s hottest marshmallow.
Crafted from Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose and Hoosier cornstarch, these artisan marshmallows melt in your mouth. One hundred-plus offerings include a Marshmallow of the Month as well as nearly a dozen flavors in the monthly-changing Chef’s Selections category. We love the one made with local honey and organic lavender. www.240sweet.com
Owner Mimi Candanoza-Gamez’s soft and fluffy handmade “mallows” come in more than 40 flavors, ranging from pecan praline to cotton candy, and each is made to order. www.miamallows.com
Levity Gourmet Marshmallows
Along with standard flavors such as vanilla and mint, this Internet boutique’s sugar confections consist of textured combos, like a soft peanut butter marshmallow topped with dry-roasted peanuts. www.levitygourmetmarshmallows.com