Little Flower Candy Company
Suspect: Marshmallows & Caramels
Scene of the Crime: Little Flower Candy Company
1422 W. Colorado Blvd,
I never thought about marshmallows too much. I mean, they are light and fluffy and taste delicious squeezed between two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate. They also mildly terrified me as a child when they showed up on the big screen in the form of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. But for the most part these squishy little sweets went vastly unnoticed by me.
Maybe that’s just because I hadn’t eaten a REAL marshmallow from Little Flower Candy Company yet. This candy company, hidden in the western corner of Pasadena next to the 134 Freeway, is run by candy guru Christine Moore and features hand-made, hand-wrapped sweets made with simple ingredients. They offer a variety of sweet treats, but are particularly well-known for their marshmallows and specialty caramels.
They offer a variety of different flavors of marshmallows, including Vanilla (covered in colored sugar), Chocolate (covered in powdered sugar), Cinnamon Sugar and Coffee — during the holidays they also throw Mint into the bunch. The Cinnamon Sugar flavor was my favorite, although all were great. Check out the texture of these homemade marshmallows below - they contain no hydrogenated oils, no shelf life extenders and no artificial ingredients and you can definitely taste (and see!) the difference.
Little Flower Candy Company’s specialty caramels were just as amazing as the marshmallows, maybe even more delicious depending on your candy preferences. I had the Sea Salt (AWE-INSPIRING, INCREDIBLE, MANY MORE POSITIVE ADJECTIVES), Vanilla (also great, very traditional caramel flavor) and Lemon (really delicious and unexpected!). The texture of the caramel was truly incredible — soft and chewy with true melt in your mouth goodness. The caramels run $7 for a 1/4 pound, but you can also get individual caramels if you want to try all of the different flavors.
They had a bunch of other Easter-themed treats when I visited, including adorable egg-shaped gummies. I’m sure the candy gods at Little Flower are always dreaming up new and charming specialty goodies for every occasion under the sun (mmmmmm, what do you think they’ll make for Flag Day?).
So next time you’re out in Pasadena make sure you absolutely do not miss a chance to visit The Little Flower Candy Company, which will make you shun all other marshmallows and caramels for the rest of your days. They also offer breakfast, lunch and other artisanal goodies, along with various gluten-free and vegan options.
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