Our Miss Marshmellow story started in 2011
We were inspired to start our business, Miss Marshmellow, while on honeymoon in Provence in 2011. We loved the local nougat and wanted to produce something similar using ingredients sourced in Dorset.
After experimenting with sugar technology, trying out various recipes, and a lot of trial and error, Gavin at first made some flavoured marshmallows that were pronounced ‘fantastic’ by willing tasters from amongst our family and friends, so we decided to start our business making Gourmet Marshmallows.
Now we make Dorset Honey Nougat AND Gourmet Marshmallows.
When we started, we decided to call our marshmallows Marshmellows because they are like marshmallows…but mellower, (mellower = richer, softer, smoother)and so thought that they needed their own name to distinguish them from the commercial ‘pink and white ones’, however, as time passed, and we started to sell more online, we decided, regretfully, to rebrand back to ‘Marshmallows’, because that’s the familiar name that people were searching for.
Our Nougat is made with honey from Dorset, the county in which we live – hence Dorset Honey Nougat, and local, free range eggs.
Our products are by hand in a mostly rural Dorset area, in a kitchen rather than a factory, by Gavin, and packaged by Jackie (who also helps with the washing up!).
Since we started, our Marshmallow flavour range has been extended and includes fruit flavours, chilli varieties, and various ‘specials’ whenever we feel inspired!. We are passionate about using only real flavour ingredients in our Marshmellows, and there are no artificial colours or preservatives either. (eg We use a high cacao chocolate and melt it into our chocolate range and Gavin zests and juices lemons for our Lemon Marshmellows.) We aim to keep our product as local as possible– all the soft fruit we use is sourced locally, eg from ‘pick-your-own farms.
We now also make more than 10 varieties of nougat, using Dorset honey and a variety of other ingredients, including salted peanuts, sour cherries, and, in our unusual Caribbean Nougat, papaya, pumpkin seeds and rum-soaked cocoa nibs!
We have won Taste of the West Awards for both our Nougat and our Gourmet Marshmallows – in fact, every variety that we have entered has won an award!!
Two of our Nougats have also won international ‘Great Taste’ Awards.
We sell our confectionary mainly at Food Festivals, and we really enjoy meeting people and chatting with them about our products and their ideas for new flavours.
Our Miss Marshmellow story hasn’t ended yet!!!
In 2013 we were delighted to be chosen by Theo Paphitis, from Dragon’s Den, for one of his Small Business Sunday Awards, which has helped to raise our profile and enabled us to make many helpful contacts.