Sunday, December 6, 2009
We made great impressions all around. Even the guests who “don’t like marshmallows” enjoyed ours. Peppermint and Mexican chocolate have been very popular lately. It might be the chill in the air or the singing Santa that every mall seems to have but folks have taken to comfort food to keep their spirits and patience high this time of year. Either way, we’re here for all of your party favoring needs.
Our December has been very successful. Those of you who have booked us for your parties, rest assured that your orders will be made and shipped to you in plenty of time for your Christmas, New Years, or Just Because parties you plan on hosting or attending this month. I say “Just Because” because I’m not sure what holidays other countries celebrate but our customers there will be partying with our treats on hand.
For those who have ordered Christmas gifts to be delivered directly to your friends and family, we’ve got you covered as well. You’ll be very popular after Christmas and definitely remembered for giving a unique gift that nobody else will have thought to give before. I’ve always loved folks who give me something I can’t easily find and I really love folks who give me something edible. You too could cover both of those bases in one swoop. We estimate that you can order as late as December 18th and still get your Christmas orders in time to celebrate in gourmet style. But why wait until the last minute, buy now and throw another log in the fireplace and miss out on the madness that is sure to follow as the last 2009 days tick by. Really and truly, who wants to fight over that last tube of cherry chapstick at the always-open drugstore on Christmas Eve night? I am gonna guess that a few of you are saying, “Nope, not me, again!”
Next year we have planned many wonderful seasonal flavors and themes so check back with our blog in January. Until then we say: Thank you all for buying from us and for subscribing to our blog and facebook page. See you in the New Year!
-The Mia Mallows Team
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Have you ever wandered into a store and been inundated with choices that left you bewildered and hopelessly undecided? I know I have and the only thing preventing me from pulling out a huge wad of cash and buying one of everything was the huge wad of cash.
You, our customers, have had this problem, but no longer. We've got a great idea to let you know about.
Presenting the Mia 28: a sampling of each of our flavors sent from our door to yours in one awesome package. You'll receive one of every flavor we currently offer. It's crazy, we know, but some folks have been asking to try many of our flavors before ordering a party palette and now here's your chance to try them all.
This package is perfect for deciding which flavors and colors will best accent your wedding, your parties, your corporate events, your eyes, or any other gathering that's coming up.
We have various flavors on hand at any given point because we're constantly making and shipping and we plan to do the same for the Mia 28s. These super sets of mallows will ship out every other Friday so that every order will have 28 of the freshest singles you can possibly get.
Check our website for the next shipping Friday and place your order to reserve your Mia 28.
You'll receive one of each of the following 28:
Vanilla, Banana, Bavarian Cream, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Caramel, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate – Mexican Style, Coconut, Coffee, Cotton Candy, Dulce De Leche, Eggnog, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Peppermint, Peach, Peanut Butter, Piña Colada, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Praline with Pecans, Pumpkin Pie with Shortbread Cookie Crumbs, Raspberry, and Strawberry
Our first 28 will ship out Friday, November 20th so that you can recieve them just in time for Thanksgiving.
It will be the first listing in our ETSY shop! :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yup, we have officially begun preparing for our (and your) holiday gatherings. Think of us as your sweets caterers who will be happy to bring conversation pieces to your parties, but won't actually be there to eat all the good stuff before your invited guests arrive. Best of all, your friends and family will love you just a little more when they see what you've found them from our little shop.
With the summer heat waining and the days getting just a little shorter, I submit for your consideration something to help ease you into the holiday seasons.
Mia Mallows is very proud to present our first (of several) Holidays Editions marshmallow packages for your reading pleasure.
First up, our Fall Package. Order today and receive three pairs of delicious fall themed marshmallows neatly packaged and delivered to your door.
---There are two caramel mallows that have a warm soothing flavor to them and would go well with any drink, especially a cup of hot coffee.
---Two pumpkin spice mallows rolled over a shortbread crumble so each bite tastes just like a nibble of pumpkin pie, sans the fork, plate, and mess.
---Two pecan praline mallows that have been pecan coated for that extra fresh taste with a little crunch. It's like having a quick bite of pecan pie. The pecan praline mallows have been praised for their savory sweetness and once you try one, you'll agree.
Flavors link directly to memories for most people. Think back to the last time you had a party and the memories of the food will likely dictate whether you had a good time or not. Its the same with our treats, you'll take a snapshot of the world around you when you take that first bite. Our flavors are very important to us. With artificial ingredients you either get it right or 'Sweet Jesus' wrong which is why most of our flavorings are now purely organic. The taste is more pleasing to the pallette and less likely to cause puckering, the chills, or bitter beer face. Even though our batches are made to order, you'll find that your order today will taste just like your past favorites and hopefully twenty, maybe thirty years from now, you'll find that the taste brings you back to this day.
Next time, we'll talk about the Christmas Edition. Those flavors will definitely glaze your eyes over with holidays gone by.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Folks came and oo-ed and aw-ed at the Bride and Groom apples that posed neatly at the top of our display. Our signature apple sat neatly below them. They came and left knowing that we had given them lots to think of. No telling how many varieties of marshmallows we can make for them but we did give them lots to think about. There are (today) 26 flavors that can be dipped, drizzled, rolled, or completely covered in chocolate, or not. Then there are toppings that range from little red dots to pea-sized sparkling pearls. We offer graham cracker coatings and a variety of crushed nut sprinklings too. Once the flavors and toppings are set, we can modify colors for those who might want a bright red pineapple marshmallow (it could happen!). Then there are size customizations that we can make that will be shipped and displayed in any number of packages with any number of colored and textured ribbons that will go with weddings, rehearsal dinners and corporate events. I’m sure I’ve missed several options and really your imagination is the limit here.
After the dust settles (and it could be a long time), we’re going to take our show on the road and visit some of best festivals across the state, especially now that the weather is cooperating a little more. We hope to see you out there if you didn’t get to see us last weekend. Of course, we will continue to be online for your ordering pleasure for years to come.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The night, a Thursday, was filled with laughter, food, and a flamenco guitarist with accompanying dancer. Our samples flew off the display shelf and onto more than 70 guests plates that night and we had a wonderful time talking about the flavors we offer (26, in case you're keeping track of what you've sampled so far) and the packages we can offer as uniquie wedding favors (lots, in case you're trying to keep track). We talked and talked and talked mallow all night long and everybody was oh so nice to us. I'm sure if we sold supplemental, out of country travel insurance, we probably wouldn't have been so warmly welcomed, which is unfortunate because we were ready to launch MiaInBiggaTravelTrouble.com (not really, in case you're propping your feet on packed luggage and googling it).
Once we finished talking about everything except 7th grade math class, we turned our guests loose and they managed to find their way to the chocolate fountain conveniently located 180 degrees away. If you haven't tried a sweet strawberry marshmallow passed under a curtain of smooth milk chocolate, you haven't reached that euphoria one normally can't attain legally. It's like all bodily sensations stop and look up to see whats causing your mind and mouth to scream in joy. Grandmothers might need to be sitting for this experience or risk already-shaky knees losing focus and causing unintended results. I might be a little over the top on this but try it and prove us wrong.
If you're planning a wedding and have scored yourself a chocolate fountain already then I'm sure they've offered you the usual assortment of strawberries, pretzels and maybe even bananas but they will also include marshmallows. Yes, they will include the variety we've all grown up with and that's ok, but imagine that beautiful fountain on that beautiful day flowing an endless sweet curtain of silky chocolate and not having something as unique and eye catching as gourmet, hand-made marshmallows to go with it. It sure would be something they'd talk about for years. Heck, it would take that long to get the chocolate stains off the kiddo's dress shirts but for that one night, you'd have laughing, dancing kids and those type always, always make for perfect weddings.
Orders have come in and shipped out to so many wonderful places in this world, I just wish shipping and handling charges covered hand delivery. We sure wouldn't have minded heading across the Atlantic. One of our (now most beloved) customers has taken the Mia Mallows experience online to share her thoughts with the rest of the world. Here is proof positive that we're making the world a more mallow place, follow this link for an A-Z rundown of her experiences with us.
Incase you want to go directly to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg_QAyC4xag
As always, Thank You All for your positive feedback and support and we hope to see you in San Antonio at the Bridal Extravaganza on September 20, 2009.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Let me preface this event by saying that we set up shop at the practice trial run about a week ago where we met very nice caterers, florists, event planners, and travel agents. All of them were fabulously welcoming and were eager to talk to us, the new guys, about their lives. It wasn’t log before they were sharing stories about last year’s big event, though oddly enough, none of them were really smiling as their eyes rolled across their “you don’t know what you’ve got coming” faces. Still, they were very encouraging and did provide helpful tips that I’m sure will help in serving all of you out there.
The plan is simple: survive the onslaught of some 2000 brides looking for everything from wedding consultants to unique wedding ideas and favors. This is where we plan to step in and fulfill their every marshmallow need. Something about having that many brides, many of whom will have their soon-to-be’s with them, makes me shudder. I get this feeling that I’m going to end up like the Dunkin Donuts guy who will wake up before the roosters do trying to get to the store to finish off those last thousand or so peppermint or peanut butter mallows. Each and every Mia Mallow employee will be there with a smile and a sample waiting for all of you to arrive. All the stops will be pulled for this event and that means we’ll have all 26 flavors on hand. If you happen to be in the San Antonio area on September 22nd and have always wanted to try one (or all of our flavors), this will be your best chance so far. Just remember two things. First, there are going to be mobs of people but we’re already designing a layout that will help us stand out, and second, it’s right around the corner!!! If you can’t make it (Canadians, you may be excused) then we understand and hope to post pictures of the madness after the event, provided we recover the use of our limbs or learn to type with our ear lobes.
We’ve done festivals in the past and some have been as good to us as we hope to have been to our loyal customers and readers. This fall, in fact, we are planning on hitting the roads of Texas, sans horse-driven carriage, in search of sad faces wanting, no, needing, something to make them feel happy and content again. I’m not sure if Mia Mallows can bring this country out of its woes, but we like to think it’s a step in the right direction. Nobody has ever had one of our mallows and kept a sour face, even after the lime flavored ones. Hmmm, maybe we should send some to Washington. I’ll have to start working on a presidential seal next.
In any case, this should serve as your advance notice. I hope you can join us for all the fun and if not, you can always order all 26 flavors and throw your very own wedding party. In fact, we encourage you to do so. Operators would be standing by if we had any. Someday soon I hope.
On another note, Audrey’s Country Crafts is having a raffle, giving away an 18 pack of my delicious gourmet marshmallows. Please visit her blog: http://bzzagentroyalty.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-from-miamallows.html
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Her face focused as her mind began to work out the mystery of the not so sweet marshmallow that had slipped in right under her nose, literally. And here, we'll skip over her half-minute dramatic moment of diva-ism and subsequent tantrum and finally reach the point I had been trying to make and that is: marshmallows are in fact a useful multipurpose means of entertaining a child; results will vary.
A full 98% of the time, kids love our marshmallows (the remaining 2% are fibbing we believe), were it not for loving parents and mischievous adults who remember looking up the chain of command and realizing how far it went up and realizing it takes a lifetime to climb even in your own home.
Next time, we'll discuss marshmallows in the quantum mechanics world and how flavored ones may just disprove String Theory.
The sausage on a stick marshmallow.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It felt great! I didn't find out until the last few minutes, but I loved it! Thank you, utilemud!
I'm also in the gift guide for wedding invites and favors: http://www.etsy.com/gift-guides/170
Thanks everyone, for featuring me on blogs and treasuries!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Our chocolate covered apples have always been a fan favorite amongst customer families. They are huge, sweet, and a little tangy. That’s good because a family can sit around, slice this monster up and everybody gets a serving or two. Evenings with friends, birthday parties, and anybody who is planning on visiting their friends and families have really taken to the idea of showing up with our apples. Now, after a few requests for direct delivery, we have begun to toy with the idea of shipping our apples all over the place, you know, to help end world cravings. The problem is, we won't sell anything that needs shipping unless we're sure it’s going to survive and remain pristine until it leaves this world, one slice or bite at a time.
At no expense to you, we would like to send out a single-boxed chocolate dipped apple for you to evaluate. The goal is to get feedback sent directly back to us about the condition it arrived in, along with some other info that we'll include when we contact you via e-mail. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to add to our listings on Etsy and beyond to include chilled chocolate dipped apples, just in time for the hot summer.
Again, thank you all for your interest in our little mallow world.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
What we've found is that there are endless ways to cut, color, flavor, and accessorize marshmallows. Some ideas have come from our customers, who are quite crafty. The most interesting idea we came away with recently was a suggestion that we incorporate or somehow theme a marshmallow after one of America's favorite ice creams, Rocky Road.
A challenge was at hand and we've been known to try different flavors whenever we have the time. How successful are we, that depends I guess on whether you like spicy, sour, or flowery mallows. I can't count any of our experiments out, somebody someday will ask us with a grin if we've tried this or that and we'll be there nodding. For our RR, we had to incorporate the main flavors of the ice cream without actually using ice cream and after a bucket, err, hour of research, we came up with a unique take on the dessert.
First, we started with a milk chocolate flavored marshmallow, although using a darker, bitter chocolate is on the "when we find a chocoholic . . ." list. Next, the nuts we went with were walnuts, because they seemed to stand out well and spread evenly and deeply throughout when mixed into a fresh batch of marshmallow. Afterwards, well, we were just kidding ourselves by going light on the chocolate; who doesn't looooove chocolate. A quick reach across the counter, a twist of a lid, and a fist full of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips were sailing into the mix. We relished stirring that pot like an eager child waiting for grandma to stop scraping the cookie dough bowl.
What we created that day left us feeling as though we caught lightning in a bottle.
We haven't taken pictures to post and even when we do, I don't recommend you lick the screen, it won't taste quite the same. What I will say is that the response has been very positive so far. Soon, we'll be offering these little crunchy, smooth, chocolatey nuggets and we think you will have one of those "wavy screen" flashbacks to us the next time you pick up a candy bar. Thank you all for following us on our little mallow path. Although we already have our Rocky Road taste-testers, we would still like to select a few of you for a little audience participation. A few interested folks will be randomly selected to do a little experiment with our signature apple. That’s about all I can divulge until a future blog, sooooooooo, if you're interested in joining us (its free, both joining and the experiment), please comment on the blog, and I will notify you by July 7th, 2009, if you are selected.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
How Long Do Your Marshmallows Last? I’ve always taken this as a valid question.
We haven’t added preservatives to our recipes for two reasons.
- The ingredients aren’t especially perishable. Marshmallows don’t require refrigeration or special conditions, such as vacuum sealing to keep their sexy, fluffy cube shape. In that, we got lucky because shipping has never, ever been a problem. Our early batches were mailed to relatives, who we asked to resist the urge to bite and claw their way in, and instead turn around and send the package back. The result: you’ll get the same wonderful hand-cut treats that you see in our galleries every time.
- Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, our marshmallows don’t really last long enough on a shelf or in your home long enough to tire them out and for that we give you our most sincere thanks.
I’m sure the factory-made products use mostly the same ingredients we use. The difference being, they need their stuff to last months as it travels across the country and onto store shelves where they will sit until a family’s special event or, perhaps, the winter holidays come around. Nothing wrong with that, we wouldn’t ask anybody to compare ours with theirs, though doing so could be a fun thing to try. Our Original’s have a taste you just won’t find out there, but I’ve digressed enough already.
So, there you have it, buy today and enjoy on your summer vacation, on a long car trip or flight, at the family campsite or picnic, while attending your summer seminars or even to soften your mean Aunt Ester’s half hearted hug as you show up unannounced for the yearly stroll up and down the family tree. There I go again on another tangent, sorry about that. My point being: they won’t last long (in your hands that is).
I’ve got more questions that I’ll answer soon with maybe a little marshmallow trivia or other life altering marshmallow info to come. Life, I believe, is just too short to not indulge every now and again. The simple things sometimes make the biggest impressions and the very best memories. Hand a marshmallow to a child; you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
With so many ideas for different combinations it’s going to take a while before we’re done offering new flavors. It’s been great so far and we’re especially happy knowing that our customers are always getting the best marshmallows anybody could offer.
Another way we are looking to expand is through Etsy. We opened our Etsy store on June 10th, and have been greeted with wave of hearts. I will be posting new items weekly, and here is a preview of our signature apple, which will be posted on Etsy, as soon as we receive our shipping supplies.