No More Marshmallows

Last week I posted this on Facebook:

“Morning Conversations: Is there such a thing as a Breakfast Marshmallow? I say no. My kids disagree. I am pretty firm in my stance on the subject, but I welcome your opinions. What do you think: Yes or No to Marshmallows for breakfast?”

Who knew that my No Marshmallows For Breakfast camp would prove to be the minority?  Apparently, at least in America, people eat marshmallows for breakfast ALL THE TIME!

Silly me, I had completely forgotten that Lucky Charms and Marshmallow Rice Krispies even existed.  Have I been living in a bubble?  Hmm… come to think of it, Danny did say to me the other day  (in an unrelated food conversation) “You would just like to lock yourself up in an organic bubble and never come out.”

Okay, so maybe that is true.  I try to stay away from processed food.  And I avoid GMOs and artificial ingredients like The Plague.  Does that mean my kids never get a treat?  Does that mean I’m unbalanced?

No and No!  I’d like to tell you all, folks, that you can indeed live in an Organic Bubble and still have treats and sweets.  Perhaps a larger sized bubble…  but never mind that.  In fact, not too long ago I went to Whole Foods just to get chocolate covered espresso beans.  And while I was there I bought organic graham crackers, fair trade chocolate bars, and all natural, GMO free marshmallows.  You know, for s’mores to make while camping*.

*Disclosure:  There was no camping trip actually planned.  Discussed?  Yes.  Planned?  No.

Okay, back to my story.  When Danny saw the s’more loot, he was like “What on Earth is all this?  I thought we weren’t eating sugar!”  (We hadn’t been.)

Me:  “Well, I didn’t want to have to go back and get stuff for s’mores when we go camping.”

Him:  “When are we going camping?  I thought you didn’t want to go.”

Me:  “I don’t want to go.  But I said I would go if you wanted to.  Maybe.  And if we do go, we’ll NEED s’mores.”

Him:  “HA!  Those chocolate bars will NEVER make it to camping!!!”

Me:  “Sure they will, I’ve been doing really good with not eating sugar.  They don’t even tempt me.”

Okay, so the chocolate bars lasted a couple of weeks.  They didn’t tempt me right away, but after eating the chocolate covered espresso beans, I was back in Sugar Addiction Mode.  It’s a slippery slope, People.  The graham crackers and marshmallows were still hanging out in the cupboard though, with my kids painfully aware of their presence.  And so we found ourselves last week, having a discussion over whether there was such a thing as a “Breakfast Marshmallow”, as Finn had suggested.

I admit, I felt a little bad depriving my kids of experiencing the midmorning Just Hit A Brick Wall of Death feeling that comes a couple hours after having a bowl of sugar for breakfast.  I guess after having experienced it myself for many years, and FINALLY figuring out that I needed to eat protein for breakfast, I taught my kids to do the same.  Mean Health Nut Mommy.  So I decided to make it up to them.  After dinner this weekend, I popped open the coveted bag of marshmallow ooey gooey-ness, along with the graham crackers and some chocolate chips, and made microwave s’mores.  So, here it is, photographic evidence that my children are not deprived.  (Well, only of Dash.  By the time I thought to take a picture the other boys were bouncing around on an instant sugar rush, moving at too frantic a pace to be captured on my IPad.)

GMO free marshmallows

baby covered in GMO free marshmallow s'mores

Sorry, this one’s a bit gross.

While they were eating, I said “I wonder if we could make homemade marshmallows.”

“NOOOO!!!”  Finn cried.  “You’d put PROTEIN in them!”

“Oh, I would not put protein in marshmallows.”  Although maybe it could work… Okay, sometimes I do get a little carried away.

As I write this, there are three marshmallows left.  

Nope, they’re gone.   So are the chocolate chips.  And Dash isn’t happy about it.  He took note of the cupboard they were in, and now every time I go near that cupboard he gets all frantic.

“Mar-meh-wo?”  “MAR-MEH-WO?”  “MAAR-MEEEHHH-WOOOOAAA!!!!!”

no more marshmallows

This is Dash in a ball on the floor, tears streaming down his poor face, when I told him the marshmallows were gone.  Seriously.


I had already tried to comfort him, but he was inconsolable.  So there was nothing left to do but get photographic evidence of why we don’t have marshmallows very often.  The Marshmallow Highs are very high, and the Marshmallow Lows are very, very low.

Sorry, Dash.  I kind of feel the same way.  Except that I know our marshmallow-less situation is for the best.  My tummy had already started to take on marshmallow-like properties; I can’t imagine what would happen if they became a staple food around here.  One thing’s for sure, I’d definitely have to get a bigger bubble to live in.    😉


P.S.  It seems like good marshmallows without GMOs and artificial ingredients are hard to come by if you don’t live near a Whole Foods.  But guess what, Fellow Semi-Health Conscious Sugar Addicts?  You can find lots of other yummy candy and chocolate made with real ingredients at Target now!  Unreal Candy, and it’s SO good!  And I’m in no way affiliated with Unreal Candy, but I just love that better options for treats are becoming readily available!  Try it next time you’re in the market for candy.  But it’s not for breakfast, okay???