I’m a little bit excited today. I’ve got an AWESOME giveaway for you.
First up – a little back story…
For our last Sydney AIP Picnic, I whipped up some honey marshmallows. They were a BIG hit. HUGE.
They may even have been voted best AIP-friendly offering of the day (at least by the little people in our party). Just saying.
I followed a recipe from the gorgeous Martine over at Eat Heal Thrive. It’s a winner.
Our lovely AIP Picnics have grown into a bit of a ‘thing’, down here. And, like many AIPers, we’re a little bit serious about our recipes (and what goes in them!). So, given our next gathering is due soon, I decided I’d like to experiment with my marshmallow flavouring.
And, I kind of like to put a bit of an Antipodean spin on things when I can…
New Zealand already has their chocolate fish. And their Buzz Bars. And, while not strictly marshmallow, don’t even get me started on Pineapple Lumps. But, when I asked LM what marshmallow goodies were specific to Australia, he came up blank.
Enter my mango & mint marshmallows!
What could be more Australian than mangoes?*
I have to say, AIP-friendly marshmallows are a pretty big hit with big people as well as little people.
LM is definitely a fan, so it is fair to say I’ve made them more than once! And, I’ve kind of been experimenting with flavours, too… But, I reckon my mango and mint puppies are the best so far. I use freeze-dried mango powder from Fresh As along with some fresh mint.
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To make my Mango and Mint Marshmallows, I’ve adapted the Rustic Homemade Marshmallows recipe from the the Urban Poser.
If you’d like to make my version, just click on this link for the base recipe. You’ll need to add 3 tablespoons of mango powder and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint to the ingredients.
At step 2, in your mixer bowl, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of water. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of water and the mango powder into a paste. Stir into the gelatin. Allow to bloom.
At the end of step 5, add the chopped mint to the marshmallow mixture and whiz for a further 30 seconds.
That’s it! All other instructions remain the same.
Please note, Jenni’s recipe measurements are based on US sizes.
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I’ve long been a fan of the fantastic freeze-dried fruit offerings from the peeps at Fresh As.
They’re a Kiwi company and they offer an extensive range of freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices (there’s even feijoa!). I love their product. It tastes intense and amazing, and it has no nasties or additives – just the fruit (or vegetable, or herb, or spice…)
But don’t take my word for how fab’ they are. Take it from someone in the know:
“The flavours are concentrated and bright; the products add great texture to a dish. At Le Benardin, we crumble Fresh As dried mandarin segments over scallops to enhance the citrus flavour in the sauce, a burnt lemon vinaigrette. They bring a light crispness that rehydrates and melts deliciously in your mouth.” – Eric Ripert, Le Benardin, New York City
You can check out the full range on offer at Fresh As right here. You can buy direct or find a local stockist. Trust me when I say it’s so worth a taste test.
So, since I love the Fresh As product so much, I thought I’d see if they’d like to come to the party and help me spread the word… Maybe Marvie’ Mango and Mint Marshmallows will be the next big thing to come out of Australia (with a little help from the Kiwis!)
And, guess what?
The Fresh As peeps came to the party. Boy, did they ever…!
I have over $100 worth of freeze-dried fruit and fruit powders to send to one lucky winner!
Think of all the possibilities…
– stir the fruit pieces through home made ice cream
– add the powder to meringue (or macaroon)
– get creative with ‘crumb’ topping
– add it to a smoothie
– and, of course, create your own marshmallow flavour
Thanks, Fresh As peeps!
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There are just 2 easy steps to enter the giveaway –
1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me why you should win. Be sure to enter your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you’re the winner.
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A couple of things to note:
This giveaway is international. Anyone can enter. Yep – I’ll send this parcel of goodies anywhere in the whole wide world.
The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 17 September 2015 at midday Australian Eastern Time.
May the force be with you!
*Finger lime marshmallows just didn’t cut it for this girl!
Would love to win to make yummy healthy treats for father’s day. Dad has been on a healthy eating kick so a great way to support him on his special day.
Hi Helen – good for your Dad!
You’re in the draw! Good luck.
Have tried the Fresh As range and I can vouch it’s all divine… Will love to win a pack for my family to try too… There is some delicious recipes I am keen to try using this range. Just love the idea of no addictive a and just the fruit pure and simple …
It seems the ‘Helens’ are in to win!
I was excited to see the feijoa, Helen! – Good luck!
I would like to win these delicious looking treats. You know sweets are the thing you miss the most ?.
Yep – I know, Jody! 🙂
Happy to find your blog and this new company i have never heard of, way up here in vermont, usa. Found you thru squirrel in the kitchen!
Happy to have you, Sarah! Especially via the lovely Sophie!
I imagine things are starting to look rather beautiful as you head into Autumn (fall) in Vermont… One day I’ll get to see it 🙂
Good luck for the giveaway!
Ah-MAZing flavour choice, Joanna! I will definitely give this a try one day soon. xx
You’re my inspiration on these, Martine 🙂
Well that would be because I started to salivate as soon as I read marshmallows. And then started to drool when I read Mango and Mint. And I’ve not seen or heard of these guys so heading there right now
Amanda – they are soooooooo good! And, so are the ‘healthy’ marshmallows! 🙂
You’re in the draw. Good luck!
Oh my word, these sound sooooooo good. I would gladly take your $100 worth of deliciousness off your hands, sweet Joanna xo 😉
Lovely Kate – I reckon Fresh As should put you on retainer…. I can only imagine the fabulousness you could create.
Maybe this will be your lucky giveaway, Possum? Good luck!:-)
Fresh As is my favourite brand to decorate baking and create fruity flavoured treats with. Sprinkles and powdered joy <3
It IS sprinkles and powdered joy, Constance! I 100% agree. 🙂
fresh as freeze dried fruit is the best, I normally make raspberry marshmallows with a raspberry jelly in the centre for my Dad on Father’s Day and Christmas but I would love to make him Mango and mint to see if it becomes the new favourite, I will definitely give this a try, thanks for the recipe… P.s Would love to win these fabulous products.. ?
Bronwyn – I LOVE that idea – raspberry marshmallows with raspberry jelly inside. How BRILLIANT! – I reckon a mango version of just that would be pretty spectacular, too. Genius!
Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂
I just started a couple of weeks ago, the paleo lifestyle. I’ve lost 9 lbs between pep and shakeology. I love love love dried fruit and would appreciate this give away tremendously. My 14 year old daughter also loves it and she is also trying to eat healthier. Snacks are a big thing for her so these would help her switch from junk food to paleo friendly!
I’m sure who ever wins will be thrilled! Thanks for having this give away!
Congratulations to you and your daughter on committing to getting healthy! Good luck in the draw!
I’ve also come across you through A Squirrel in the Kitchen! Very excited to find your site! 🙂 I would also love to try the freeze dried fruit powder in smoothies- I’ve recently been using smoothies to mix up super foods and healthy ingredients (read: fruit) that I don’t like eating on its own haha! Thanks for this opportunity!!
Hi Erika – Welcome to the other side of the world! Very happy to have you.
Best of luck!
Christmas, Christmas!! I need treats for Christmas!!! ? I’ve never heard of products like these before, they intrigue me! Lol
I need treats for Christmas, too!
Check out the website, Rinna – it rocks.
Best of luck in the draw 🙂
Color me ‘red’- I knew you had a blog, but never checked it out thoroughly! Go you! How awesome!
I can’t wait to try your mango/mint marshmallows, if I win. I’m also already dreaming up new recipes in my head using the ‘Fresh As’ dried fruit & spices. So, thank you for introducing me to a new product & resource.
Hey! Welcome to my little part of the inter web, Possum!
I wonder what you would look like red…?
I have PCOS and have totally turned my way of eating around but at times I get bored with the more healthy options would love to try some more new goodies which are healthy but tasty
Hi Loren – Congrats on being so healthy! I totally understand the ‘healthy treat’ thing.
I think I should win as these would be fantastic for my 2 & a half year old daughter, we make her home made smoothies/iceblocks etc with natural yoghurt & honey as she doesn’t eat any refined sugar. Freeze dried would be perfect as it lasts longer, stays fresher and is so easy to use – yes please!!! 🙂
Hi Vikki – I’ll see what I can do! Good luck 🙂
Why should I win? Well I am no more deserving than anyone else, but I really really love your marshmallows Joanna, and have even made some myself (as you saw when I dropped my glasses in the mixture). I am looking forward to tasting the mango and mint ones this sunday at the picnic!!!
But why should I win? Because I want to make some too, and at the moment, I can’t afford to buy any of these goodies for myself. I hope that will change in the future, when I am well enough from following the Elimination Phase of AIP to have the energy to return to work. Roll on wellness!
Did your glasses recover?
Fingers crossed… You’re in the draw.
I’m drooling at the pictures and recipe for marshmallows. I’m a Qld girl from Cairns and miss my mangoes.
Hi Sharon – NOTHING says Australia more to me than mangoes. And, Sydney is Frangipanis…
Hi Joanna, I would love to win some Fresh As mango powder to use in desserts and smoothies because it would confuse the heck out of our fruit fly invasion. We have put buying fresh fruit on hold until they leave for a better home, just so long as it’s not ours!
Brenda! Welcome down under!
You make laugh! – I’m all for confusing your fruit flies!
Good luck 🙂
New subscriber here, and new to Fresh As products. If I win, I envision flavorful smoothies for myself as well as fruity creations for my grandchildren. Thank you for a chance to win!
Hi Corrine – welcome!
The possibilities really are endless with the Fresh As products (and they taste AMAZING!)
I’m going to miss the AIP picnic on this Sunday, & will miss tasting your mango & mint marshmallows:( need the mango powder to try it out myself?
Oh no! WE’LL miss you!
Good luck, Gita!
I would love to try all the fruit powders and get to taste the awesome flavours that I miss so much over in the uk.x
And the marshmallows sound fab x
You’re in the draw, Possum. Good luck!
Hey Joanna, what a fun giveaway! After the SAD to AIP in SIX, I’ve been following the AIP lifestyle. Reintroductions are not going so well, so this would be a nice “treat” that is compliant! Thanks 🙂
Hi lovely Deb!
Reintroductions ARE tough. Are you tracking it all in your food diary?
Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂
I am taking the kids up to see my Mum over the school holidays and this is something that she would love to make for the kids – and something she can also enjoy! She will be just back from holidays and I imagine will be back on the strict AIP to try to recover.
Hi Sacha – thanks for stopping by!
You’re in the draw – good luck (for you and your Mum!)
Great website and recipes . Congratulations on your new career. These products are great. I throw the mandarin segments into salads for a bit of a zing.
Hi Margrit! I see the family grape-vine has been at work… You all good?
It seems the mandarin segments are a popular choice – someone else I know dips them in dark chocolate!
Would love to win the fruit powders so I can experiment with new marshmallow flavors. Saved the local (US, TX) stockist link. Looks like they’re out of mango for now…
Ann – I made passionfruit marshmallows over the weekend. I think they even trumped the mango ones!
Good luck in the draw!
It would be so much fun to make our own delicious marshmellows with my daughter.
Let’s see what we can do, HelenJ! Good luck! 🙂
I love to try new things and make yummy treats to share with those I love.
Hi Suzie – good luck!
I absolutely love dried fruit – especially mango, and the idea of dried fruit powder sounds absolutely divine!
Tastes divine, too!
Good luck in the draw, Rebecca
They sound yummy & I am a senior try to learn healthy ways to eat
Hi Kathy – Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I would love to win so I can try some of the amazing recipes you have posted, plus I’ve been wanting to try strawberry frosting with dried strawberries. Thanks for making this open internationally. Love finding new AIP blogs to follow.
I use the passionfruit one already to give an amazing flavour boost to my coconut butter bombs and would love to try some of the other yummy sounding flavours.
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