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Insanely delicious artisan marshmallows handcrafted with the finest ingredients, no corn syrup, and top-shelf booze! Read more

Oakland, CA Food
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Insanely delicious artisan marshmallows handcrafted with the finest ingredients, no corn syrup, and top-shelf booze!

Oakland, CA Food
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UPDATE #4: $20 Whiskey Brittles Sampler ADD-ON - Get it while it's hot!

With just a few days left to go, we're offering one final Add-On: The Whiskey Brittles Sampler! For a $20 pledge increase you'll get to savor each of our 4 delectable flavors (approximately 1 ounce each). Remember, everyone gets one complimentary sample of their choice, so adding this sampler means you'll get two of your favorite flavor.

Caveat emptor: you've never tasted brittle this mind-blowingly good. Consider yourself warned.

What's a nice brittle like you doing in a bar like this?
What's a nice brittle like you doing in a bar like this?

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UPDATE #3: 20K STRETCH GOAL!

We've got just FOUR more days left to go on Kickstarter. Can you believe it? FOUR more days until sweet, sticky marshmallow victory is ours. For our STRETCH goal finale of 20K, we're taking it back to the old school to the puff that started it all: The notorious "Happy Holidaze" flavor will be available as an option to each and every pledger!

A creamy blend of Bourbon Vanilla, Peppermint Swirls, and Bailey's Irish Cream (boo-ya) - the perfect accoutrement to every cup of cocoa you're having this winter.
A creamy blend of Bourbon Vanilla, Peppermint Swirls, and Bailey's Irish Cream (boo-ya) - the perfect accoutrement to every cup of cocoa you're having this winter.

Thank you SO much for all of your support so far. This journey has been nothing short of incredible(s). I'm so looking forward to fulfilling each and every one of your rewards soon. Long Live Sugar Knife Marshmallows!

Elastigirl says, "I eat Stretch Goals for breakfast."
Elastigirl says, "I eat Stretch Goals for breakfast."

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By popular request, I've added another International Pledge level:  $25 for any one dozen, including shipping. Check it out! ---->

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UPDATE #2 - GOAL!

Thanks to all your AMAZING support, Sugar Knife hit goal with almost 3 weeks left! Am I dreaming?! I am so very grateful to each and every one of you. A big, sappy thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Now that we've hit the precious 10K mark, it's the perfect time to release my first stretch goal. Marshmallows are certainly my magnum opus but they aren't the only trick (treat?) I have up my sleeve:

15K STRETCH GOAL

If I hit the 15K level, every marshmallow reward pledge will get a sample of one of my fabled Whiskey and Beer Brittles. That's right, folks. BRITTLE. With beer. Or whiskey. You'll get to choose 1 of the 4 flavors below:

The perfect stocking stuffer.  The perfect mouth stuffer.
The perfect stocking stuffer. The perfect mouth stuffer.

Please don't forget to share my Kickstarter with your friends/family/co-workers. 15K is right around the corner - and so are the best marshmallows and brittle you've ever tasted!

Love,

Jenna, who's drinking a Mimosa right now.

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UPDATE #1:

Thanks to all your AMAZING support, Sugar Knife is more than halfway to goal! Whoot! Now seems the perfect time to unveil the "Mystery Flavor" so many of you have asked about. Can I get a drumroll, please?  

Chocolate and raspberry lovers, unite: the newest Sugar Knife puff is a decadent blend of tart, ripe raspberries and Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, hand-dipped in velvety rich dark chocolate. I know. I moaned too. This delectable beauty will be one of 6 flavors you can choose from at the end of my Kickstarter run. 

"Back That Razz Up"...uh, into my mouth.  Delish!
"Back That Razz Up"...uh, into my mouth. Delish!

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"Lemonage à Trois" - a sinfully tart threesome of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and Limoncello liqueur. Oh, my my.
"Lemonage à Trois" - a sinfully tart threesome of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and Limoncello liqueur. Oh, my my.

Hey Gorgeous!

A million thanks for supporting me in my dream of kick-starting a gourmet marshmallow confectionery. The past year has been an epic journey filled with lots of hard work, comical mistakes, and even a few sugar burns.  But it is with a whole lotta pride that I’m now able to present to you what I consider to be THE perfect marshmallow: fluffy, billowy clouds of delicately whipped sugar bursting with intense and unique flavors. 

But I need your help to take this to the next level. With your pledge, I'll be able to:

  • develop new flavors and treats
  • purchase additional kitchen equipment
  • buy bulk ingredients & packing supplies
  • rent a commercial kitchen so I can really mash these babies out!
  • experiment with unique & alternative ingredients (vegan puff?)
  • launch a web store right in time for the holidays!

There’s still a lot more to be done and the hard work is far from over, but I want you to share in my sweet success as I continue to grow. Your support means everything to me and in return, you’ll receive my eternal gratitude – and some seriously amazing gourmet marshmallows delivered fresh to your door. How’s that for a partnership? 

"NOLA Baby" - the deep hickory taste of Cafe Du Monde coffee, French Quarter Praline liqueur, and candied bacon brittle bits ("show your bits!"). Marshmallow rewards will be sent out by mid-December, just in time for the holidays.
"NOLA Baby" - the deep hickory taste of Cafe Du Monde coffee, French Quarter Praline liqueur, and candied bacon brittle bits ("show your bits!"). Marshmallow rewards will be sent out by mid-December, just in time for the holidays.

My Commitment to All-Natural, Premium Ingredients.

Like with anything else, a marshmallow is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. And when I first started making these for my loved ones I refused to give them anything but the absolute best. To this end, I always use the highest quality and all-natural ingredients whenever possible. That means that I juice and zest real lemons, hand-shell vanilla caviar from their pods, brew fresh coffee, grate real chocolate, and sugar dust each square. I use pure cane sugar and filtered water. I use only top-shelf liqueurs – ones chosen for the vibrancy of their flavors as much as their ingredients; for example, my Lemonage à Trois marshmallows are crafted with California-based Ventura Limoncello, which is made with NO artificial dyes or colorings (Yellow #5 is for your crayon box, thankyouverymuch). Local AND natural = double score!

Just as important as the ingredients I use are the ones that I don’t. Sugar Knife marshmallows have ABSOLUTELY NO:

  • corn syrup (I make my own sugar syrup)
  • corn starch
  • beet sugar
  • eggs
  • artificial flavorings or artificial food colorings
  • chemical preservatives
  • industrial-strength flavor extracts
  • ...or anything else that I can’t pronounce or would lose a spelling bee over.

It’s All About the FLAVOR.

Premium ingredients, check. Handcrafted with love, check. Great...But what you really wanna know is: how do they TASTE? I invite you to find out for yourself.  My signature Kickstarter launch flavors include:

  • "Lemonage à Trois" - A sinfully tart threesome of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and a splash of Limoncello straight from the groves of Ventura, California. 
  • "NOLA Baby" - Inspired by America's most enchanting city. Experience the deep chicory flavor of Cafe Du Monde Coffee and French Quarter Praline liqueur, peppered with little bits of my legendary bacon brittle. Like, whoa! A marshmallow that’ll make you break out in a second line. 
  • "Hella Frangelica" – Bay Area love! And nobody does it like The Town. Real Oakland love translates into real Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Bean swirled with the rich hazelnut taste of Frangelico for an elevated twist on the traditional marshmallow. Hella fresh. Hella good.  
  • "Ghost Ride the Whip" - The velvety smooth taste of Amaretto with bits of sweet, candied pistachio.  Buckle up for this wild ride of explosive flavor. 
  • "You Fancy, Huh?" – The luxurious dalliance of real, ripe strawberries and Domain Chandon Etoile Rosé Champagne for the ultimate celebration in your mouth. I'll toast to that.
"Hella Frangelica" -- real Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Frangelico.  So hyphy.
"Hella Frangelica" -- real Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Frangelico. So hyphy.
"Ghost Ride the Whip" -- Smooth Amaretto and candied pistachio.  Yes, please.
"Ghost Ride the Whip" -- Smooth Amaretto and candied pistachio. Yes, please.
"You Fancy, Huh?" Then you'll swoon over this luxurious blend of ruby red, ripe strawberries and Domain Chandon Etoile Rosé Champagne.  For those who appreciate the finer things in life.
"You Fancy, Huh?" Then you'll swoon over this luxurious blend of ruby red, ripe strawberries and Domain Chandon Etoile Rosé Champagne. For those who appreciate the finer things in life.

What's the Best Way to Eat a Sugar Knife Marshmallow?

You got 99 problems but ways to eat a Sugar Knife ain't one. I suggest you try them:

  • Straight outta the bag.  They’re that good.
  • In your hot chocolate, traditional style
  • In your coffee, nouveau style
  • Uh, hello...in S'mores!
  • Toasted in an oven and spooned over your favorite ice cream
  • In your favorite rice crispy treat recipe 
  • Sandwiched between two of your favorite cookies - just heat in a microwave for 15-20 seconds 
  • ...the possibilities are endless! 
Ghost Ride the Whips slowly creaming up a cup of rich, hot cocoa.
Ghost Ride the Whips slowly creaming up a cup of rich, hot cocoa.
Lemonage  à Trois puffs melting perfectly in a classic S'more.  Stop licking your screen!
Lemonage à Trois puffs melting perfectly in a classic S'more. Stop licking your screen!
A Hella Frangelica puff dripping with chocolate.  YES!
A Hella Frangelica puff dripping with chocolate. YES!
Gourmet Rice Krispy Treats, made with booze?!  Ask, and ye shall receive.
Gourmet Rice Krispy Treats, made with booze?! Ask, and ye shall receive.
Hella Frangelicas carmelized and toasted over Loard's chocolate ice cream.  Oh My God!
Hella Frangelicas carmelized and toasted over Loard's chocolate ice cream. Oh My God!

Please share your unusual and inventive ways of devouring a Sugar Knife puff at www.facebook.com/SugarKnifeMarshmallows. "Like" my page and every month I'll pick a photo winner and send that lucky dog a dozen marshmallows and a Sugar Knife T-Shirt! You can also follow me on Instagram @sugarknifemarshmallows.  

Swag Alert.  

For all Add-Ons simply increase your pledge by the amounts listed below. This can be done at your initial pledge or before my run ends on November 23rd.  Once over, you'll be able to specify your preference of marshmallow flavors, T-shirt size, etc. in a survey.

  • For a $15 Add-On to any reward level, you'll get the dopalicious Limited Edition Sugar Knife coffee mug 
  • For a $20 Add-On to any reward level, you'll get the make-your-friend-jealous Whiskey Brittles Sampler (1 oz of each 4 flavors)
  • For a $25 Add-On to any reward level, you'll get a super soft American Apparel Sugar Knife T-Shirt in either Women or Men's fit. Proudly Made in America! (Please note that pledges of $75 or more already receive one as part of their reward)
  • For a $50 Add-On to any reward level, you'll be rockin' the super cool American Apparel Sugar Knife Zip Hoodie
American Apparel T-Shirt in Men's and Women's fit.  Made in America!
American Apparel T-Shirt in Men's and Women's fit. Made in America!
American Apparel Sugar Knife Hoodie.  Fresh to death.
American Apparel Sugar Knife Hoodie. Fresh to death.

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$20,000 Stretch Goal ~ Holiday Flavors & Sugar Knife Hot Cocoa Kits - If I hit $20k in funding, I'll be able to add Gourmet Hot Cocoa Kits and grow my product line with even more amazing flavors, including Holiday concoctions like:

  • "Happy Holidaze" - Real Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Bailey's Irish Cream, Peppermint Swirls
  • "The Gingerbread Grinch" - Gingerbread Spices, Oronoco Rum
  • "Pumpkin High" - Pumpkin, Cinnamon & Spices, Grand Marnier
"Happy Holidaze" - Forget milk & cookies.  This is what Santa really wants.
"Happy Holidaze" - Forget milk & cookies. This is what Santa really wants.

Risks and challenges

In this day and age of outsourcing, mass production, and cost-cutting (choosing cheaper but inferior ingredients), my biggest challenge would be staying true and steadfast to my artisan philosophy of never sacrificing quality for price. However, my dedication to making only the finest and the best essentially defines Sugar Knife Gourmet Marshmallows. This dedication is one thing that I'll never compromise.

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FAQ

  • Forever! No, no, totally kidding. Since I use NO preservatives or chemical agents and every batch is made fresh to order, they'll stay fresh for up to two weeks from the time you receive them. Once opened they should be consumed immediately (this will not be a problem, trust), as exposure to air will make them stale. You may also transfer them to an air-tight container (like a Mason jar) and keep in a cool, dry place. Note that your weather and humidity will also affect your marshmallows' shelf-life. Sidenote: I've found that my marshmallows freeze wonderfully and retain much of their flavor and buoyancy even after 3 months.

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  • ALL reward levels include FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the US and Canada - including all Add-On options as well! (Canadians: ignore the "US Shipping only" field on the pledges - that was a boo-boo that I can't change out now). Who loves you, baby? Sugar Knife marshmallows make for great gifts, so don't forget about your friends, family, and everyone you want to impress this holiday season.

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  • Oui, oui. Si. Ja. Evet. In short: Yes! I've got an international pledge level ($75) just for our folks across the seas. I don't recommend shipping to particularly hot climates above 80°F/27°C, however.

    EDITED: by popular request, I've added another international pledge level ($25 for one dozen)!

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  • After my Kickstarter run has ended I'll send out a survey that will allow you to select your preferred flavors, t-shirt size, etc. Be sure to check your inbox after the campaign has ended!

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  • No. After experimenting with several different varieties, I settled on mostly pork-based gelatin as I've found it gives the signature fluffy, bouncy texture people are so crazy about. However, I'm more than happy to explore other options and if I reach my $35k stretch goal, I'll be able to dedicate more time and resources towards perfecting a vegan alternative. Stay tuned!

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  • YES. Naturally gluten free. Gluten intolerance, be damned.

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  • Only the best: All puffs are made with pure cane sugar, filtered water, gelatin, sugar syrup (filtered water, sugar, cream of tartar), sea salt, powdered sugar, potato starch, a little magic. Depending on flavors, I also use real fruit, nuts, coffee, bacon, my own brittle recipes (sugar, butter, sugar syrup) and of course - top-shelf liqueurs.

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  • Just enough. California State law requires that confections contain less than 5% alcohol by weight (California Health & Safety Code 110590 [b]), and none of my puffs exceed this amount. I've happily discovered that a splash of certain liqueurs, spirits, or sparkling wines adds tremendous layers of depth to these little grown-up delights, and hey - who doesn't love a little booze in their candy? That said, you may certainly opt to omit alcoholic ingredients from your reward package and you will be able to specify this preference in the post-Kickstarter survey.

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  • Sugar Knife Marshmallows are the perfect bite size of approximately 1" x 1" x 1". Because they are individually hand-cut, each marshmallow will vary slightly and no two are ever the same. They're like snowflakes but much, much better.

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  • After the end of a successfully funded Kickstarter, you'll be emailed a survey asking you to specify your Add-Ons, flavor preferences, T-shirt/hoodie size, etc.

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  • I love our neighbors up North, so, YES. Of course! You may pledge to any level offered for no extra cost (even the ones that state "US Shipping Only" - that was an input error that I'm not able to edit now).

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  • Unfortunately, I can't. My run ends November 23rd, and Kickstarter will hold my funds for up to 2 weeks - which means the very earliest I could ship would be December 7th. Of course, that's PLENTY of transit time and it's more than likely you'll get your stash well before the holidays - but ultimately it's up to Santa's reindeer.

    What I do guarantee is that I will ship these out as quickly as (super) humanly possible!

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    4 backers

    You'll get a hand-written THANK YOU note - and I'll send you updates whenever a hot new flavor launches!

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    Pledge $15 or more

    69 backers

    You'll get a THANK YOU note + 1 dozen Sugar Knife marshmallows in any one flavor of your choice: Lemonage à Trois (Lemon & Limoncello), You Fancy, Huh? (Strawberries & Champagne), Ghost Ride the Whip (Pistachio & Amaretto), Hella Frangelica (Vanilla Bean & Frangelico), Nola Baby (Cafe du Monde Coffee, Candied Bacon, Pecan Liqueur). Decisions, decisions...

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    Pledge $25 or more

    155 backers

    Sugar high, here we come! You're getting a THANK YOU note + 2 dozen Sugar Knife Marshmallows (any 2 flavors). Whoot!

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    13 backers Limited (62 left of 75)

    FOR INTERNATIONAL PLEDGES ONLY: Wanna bite into the best American puff you've ever had? Here's your chance: you'll get 1 dozen Sugar Knife Marshmallows (in any 1 flavor of your choice), delivered straight to your door.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    102 backers

    Holy generosity, batman! You're gettin' 4 dozen Sugar Knife Marshmallows (any 4 flavors) PLUS 1 dozen of the Kickstarter Mystery Flavor puffs. That's 5 dozen marshmallows total! Yup. Feelin' the love.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    38 backers

    Oh excuse me, your awesome is showing. For your amazing $75 pledge, you'll receive the ready-to-gift Sugar Knife Sampler Box (5 dozen puffs in every flavor + 1 Mystery Flavor dozen = 6 dozen) PLUS 1 Sugar Knife T-Shirt. How cool is that?

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  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    FOR INTERNATIONAL PLEDGES ONLY: To my friends across the pond (either pond), I'll ship you 3 dozen Sugar Knife Marshmallows (in 3 flavors of your choice) + 1 super cool Sugar Knife T-Shirt. Some pure American love, coming straight your way!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    7 backers

    Marshmallow rockstar, you! For your incredible pledge of $150, you'll receive 3 dozen marshmallows in three flavors of your choice AND 1 dozen marshmallows every month for a WHOLE year! And of course, 1 Sugar Knife T-Shirt to keep you looking so fine.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    3 backers

    Um, hello, where have you been all my life? For your generosity you're getting the works: a ready-to-gift Sugar Knife Sampler Box (5 dozen puffs in every flavor + 1 Mystery Flavor dozen = 6 dozen) for any three months of your choice, PLUS a Sugar Knife T-Shirt. Just call me Sugar Mama.

    [you may specify your shipping month preferences at the end of our Kickstarter campaign]

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  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    Skype Date! Exclusively available to 5 novice puff-makers, I will host a 1-hour Marshmallow Workshop via Skype on a mutually agreed date in January. You can log-in from the comfort of your own home and learn some serious trade secrets (note: if you want to follow along, you'll need an electric hand or stand mixer and a candy thermometer). But wait wait, there's more! I'll also send you 3 dozen marshmallows in any three flavors of your choice, 1 Sugar Knife mug, and 1 super cool Sugar Knife T-Shirt. You big baller, you.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Calling all creatives! Available to just 10 VIP backers, I will consult with you exclusively on your dream marshmallow to create a unique flavor. You'll also receive 8 dozen of your special puffs, along with 3 dozen Sugar Knife marshmallows in the three flavors of your choice (to be shipped in December), a Sugar Knife T-Shirt, a Sugar Knife mug, AND a major shout-out on my Facebook page. Additionally, if I receive at least 5 at this pledge level, I'll hold a contest where the winning flavor will be a featured part of the illustrious Sugar Knife flavor line-up. Oh, the GLORY!

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    Pledge $750 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    I crown thee, Official Sugar Knife Taste Tester!
    That's right. For the next 5 new-release flavors, Your Royal Awesomeness will be sent a batch of 3 dozen puffs to taste test. Your feedback and suggestions are crucially important, so enthusiastic foodies need only apply! You'll also receive the ready-to-gift Sugar Knife Sampler Box (5 dozen puffs in every flavor + 1 Mystery Flavor = 6 dozen total) for any three months of your choice. As if that weren't enough, you're also getting 1 Sugar Knife T-Shirt AND a Sugar Knife coffee mug. 'Cuz Lady Fluff totally loves you. [you may specify your shipping month preferences at the end of our Kickstarter campaign]

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    I just can't thank you enough. This top level VIP pledge means I'm giving you everything I got: the ready-to-gift Sugar Knife Sampler Box (5 dozen puffs in every flavor + 1 Mystery Flavor = 6 dozen total), 2 Sugar Knife T-Shirts and 2 Sugar Knife mugs, a CUSTOM flavor designed just for you, a personalized video "thank you," a huge shout-out on my Facebook page, a bag of puffs every month for a year for you AND a special friend - AND, you're getting 1 Party Pack (100 puffs in any flavor of your choice) for any special event, whenever you want 'em. Office party? Birthday? Wedding? I totally got you. I just can't thank you enough...but I promise to try. Love, Humbled Lady Fluff.

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Funding period

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