Joy and Gluttony

Why am I suffering marshmallow deficiency?

May 15, 2014

Only recently I noticed something concerning about life in England. I am consuming far less marshmallow than I did in New Zealand, mostly because I am being given much less opportunity to consume marshmallow.

This depressing state of affairs only came to light when my mother sent me a diverse cross section of the chocolate fish population. This is a marshmallow shaped like a fish then covered in chocolate. It is a New Zealand icon. She sent me big, traditional ones with pink marshmallow, mini ones (Spratz), multi flavoured and coloured marshmallow ones, cheap ones, gold encrusted ones, ones with political ambition. You get the idea. For a time my cupboard overflowed with novelty shaped marshmallow.

Chocolate Fish

It made me reminisce about a café I used to frequent in New Zealand that would give you a large chocolate fish with your hot chocolate, instead of regular marshmallows. Most places would give you about 3 regular marshmallows. If they were cheap, they’d give you those mini marshmallows that are actually intended for hot chocolate. This could only be tolerable if they’d made a mountain of mini marshmallows higher than the hot chocolate itself.

You know what I get with my hot chocolates here? A bill. The opportunity to add sugar. Usually a saucer arrives on the scene. Not marshmallows. Never marshmallows. Why are the English being cheated? We must rise up as a nation and demand our melty, gooey, spongey rights. I mean, I know we are living in austere times and there have to be cuts but this must be a breach of human rights. Why are we letting them get away with this?

And it’s not just the hot chocolate situation. There is far less novelty marshmallow presented to me on any holiday occasion. Easter in New Zealand used to signify the agonising choice between chocolate marsmallow eggs and chocolate marshmallow bunnies. At Christmas we gobbled chocolate marshmallow Santas. During the rest of the year we had Buzz Bars, Toasties and MallowPuffs. A MallowPuff is similar to a Tea Cake, but with much more pizzazz and a tidal wave of public opinion behind it. MallowPuffs come in multiple flavours, limited edition packs and often try to do delicious – almost sexual – things with your tongue. Tea Cakes just sit around by the kettle looking dull.

I’m sure there must be much more marshmallow out there in England than I’m currently enjoying. But I’m not being smacked in the face with it, the way I am, for instance, with Jaffa Cakes. Jaffa Cakes are ultimately disappointing. They are dry and they lack imagination. There. I said it. I’m sorry, but I come from a land where a Squiggle is fun biscuit for children, and now I’m being faced with children who think Hob Nobs are friggin’ amazeballs. For the record, I like Hob Nobs more than Jaffa Cakes, but we can do better.

All I’m saying is this: England, get your marshmallow mojo on, and true chocolate covered decadence can only be just around the corner. Maybe a little bit farther down the road and tucked in an alley, but trust me, no farther than that.

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  • I was going to say that I completely agree that the UK is seriously lacking in marshmallow goodness, but until you take back what you said about Jaffa Cakes I’m not sure I can! 😛

    • Haha. Trust me, when you’re up to your elbows in marshmallow you won’t even think about Jaffa Cakes.

  • Tammy Paterson

    I agree, the biscuits over here in nz are way more interesting. English people are missing out on the “Tim-Tam slam”! Or the budget version I love, Chocolate Tammys! I like dipping the Spratz in a dip mixture of cream and yoghurt, mmmm….

    • You realise that you are the only person on earth to ‘love’ Choc Tammys? I’m pretty sure it’s just ‘choc’ because they can’t legally claim to be chocolate 😉

  • I actually think this post qualifies you to be nominated for an OBE. Or CBE. Whatever it is. You have highlighted a truly GLARING gap between England and NZ and one that must be addressed immediately.

    • Screw that. Just make me Emperor. Of everything. I promise there’ll be marshmallow.

  • I will never forgive London for not giving me marshmallows with mochas. NEVER!

    • This is a fair and reasoned response. I approve.

  • I completely agree with you, we definitely need more marshmallows over here. I’m English so I’m used to only having the tiny one in a special hot chocolate or s’mores when we go camping but you’ve made me see the light. We need more marshmallows!! I have to disagree with you on the Jaffa cakes though as I love them! 🙂

    • Every hot chocolate is special. Every hot chocolate deserves a marshmallow. 😉

  • LondonKiwiEmma

    Yes, yes yes!!

    • Thank you. I’m glad you’re coming with me on this.

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