What are Sugar Knife Marshmallows made out of?
Only the best stuff ever: pure cane sugar, filtered water, [pork-based] gelatin, housemade sugar syrup (filtered water, pure cane sugar, cream of tartar, sea salt), Kosher salt, confectioner’s sugar, potato starch, and a whole lotta bang. Depending on flavors we also use ripe fruit, nuts, real coffee, real vanilla bean, and of course - top-shelf booze. No extracts or fake colors or chemically-based flavors, ‘cuz that’s just not how we get down.
What is Sugar Knife Whiskey & Beer Brittle made out of?
Whiskey and beer, hello. Ok, and a few other awesome things, too: premium butter, nuts (we use shared equipment with peanuts), our housemade sugar syrup (filtered water, pure cane sugar, cream of tartar), sea salt, organic vanilla extract, and baking soda.
How much alcohol is in your candy?
Technically: none. The amount of alcohol permitted in confections varies from state to state, so to be able to ship our stuff nationwide without getting cuffed by the National Candy Police coughcoughCNBCcoughcough), we make reductions out of all your favorite booze. Liqueurs are reduced to intensely flavorful, thick syrups; hard alcohol gets the same treatment, which really magnifies the oak and vanilla notes in Bourbon, the wheat and hoppiness in beer, and so on and so on. Sorry, lushes. You won't be gettin' tanked on our sweets today.
Exception: California allows the most at 5% alcohol by weight, so our local live events and pop-ups serve up the booziest s'mores in America. Because Party State.
Are your sweets kid-friendly?
Yup. Start 'em out early with the good stuff, folks, or it'll only go down hill from here.
Do you use any corn syrup or corn products?
NOPE. We make our own propriety housemade sugar syrup in lieu of corn syrup, both out of consideration for those with corn allergies and those who want to limit their corn syrup intake. Serendipitously, we’ve discovered that our sugar syrup results in a puffier, fluffier marshmallow than those made with corn syrup (you're welcome!). It’s a lot more work to make and use our syrup, but we think you’re totally worth it. We also use potato starch instead of cornstarch to dust our marshmallows.
Do you use any preservatives, artificial flavorings or food coloring?
No chemical preservatives, no artificial flavorings, and only natural food coloring (derived from plants) for just a couple of recipes. There’s more than enough mass-produced, chemically-laden candy crap out there. We make the kind of sweets we actually want to eat.
Don't you think you're contributing to American obesity and health problems?
Our stance on sugar might surprise a few folks. We think that Americans do in fact consume way too much of the white stuff. Instead of treating it like an indulgence, as it should be treated, it's eaten somewhat haphazardly and often without knowledge (packaged foods, soda, energy drinks, jarred pasta sauce). Champagne is special in part because we don't drink it everyday. We see our candy in the same vein: treat it like the celebration that it is and don't waste your sugar allocation on the cheap stuff - go straight for the best.
How do you suggest I eat a Sugar Knife Marshmallow?
With your mouth, nuk nuk. Ok, seriously. There are so many endless ways to consume these little puffs of ecstasy. We love 'em torched or roasted over cupcakes and ice cream, in between oatmeal cookies, melted over pie, IN A HAM SANDWICH (not for the lily-livered). Get crazy with 'em. Let yourself go. #sugarknife for your most insane creations.
What are your most popular marshmallow flavors?
Cookies and C.R.E.A.M., Hella Frangelica, and You Fancy, Huh? would be our three most popular puffs.
How long do Sugar Knife Marshmallows last?
FOREVER. No, no of course not. Preservatives are for losers, so we don’t use any. Your small-batch puffs are good to go in their bag for up 12 weeks (depending on your weather and humidity). Of course, as with any artisan candy, we suggest you eat them sooner than later, which won't be an issue because OMG THEY ARE BOMB. Once opened, transfer them to an air-tight container (like a Mason jar) and keep in a cool, dry place.
note: if your puffs start getting a little moist/sticky in their bag, just take them out to air dry for a couple of hours. You can then dust them with a coating of powdered sugar if desired.
How long does Sugar Knife Whiskey/Beer Brittle last?
Brittle will stay good in the bag for about 12 weeks (8 weeks for Bacon Brittle). It’s not that it goes bad per se, just that it loses some of its crunch over time (exposure to air speeds this up in a hurry). And nobody likes a floppy piece of brittle.
What are your most popular flavors of brittle?
The Filthy Pig (oink oink), The Big Poppa, and Town Biz.
Are Sugar Knife Marshmallows kosher, vegetarian or vegan?
No. After experimenting with several different varieties of gelatin, we discovered that pork-based gelatin gave our puffs the fluffiest, lightest texture. We've been experimenting with making vegan and kosher puffs so please stay tuned. We totally hear you.
Are Sugar Knife Marshmallows gluten-free?
Yes, naturally gluten free. Take that, celiac.
What size are Sugar Knife Marshmallows?
The perfect bite size of approximately 1.25" x 1.25" x 1". Each puff is individually hand-cut (and Jenna’s got the biceps to prove it), so no two will ever be the same.
Can I stalk you online?
When will my order ship?
We've been blasted with orders since our TV episode aired, thank you, friends! Due to this current volume, orders currently ship between 7-10 business days after being placed (a little longer for gift boxes). If you need your stash sooner than that, let us know and we'll try our best to accommodate you. You’ll receive an email with tracking info once shipped.
Do you ship internationally?
Oui, oui, via USPS First Class International.
Do you do wholesale?
We love our retail partners! But, we're currently maxed out on production and can't take on any more partnerships at the moment. But please drop us a line anyway; as soon as we get a bigger production facility we would love to work with you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hi-five!
Do you do custom flavors, catering, or events?
Yes, yes, yes! Contact us if you’re interested in a custom flavor – we ship across the globe and we’ve done them for everything from fundraisers to sports events to a Vegas showgirl’s retirement party (we'll never tell we totally will if you buy us a drink).
We also cater local events within the San Francisco Bay Area, with the most popular request being a custom s’mores bar set up for weddings and birthdays. You heard right. A CUSTOM S'MORES BAR, complete with your choice of marshmallow flavors, graham crackers (yup, we make those too), chocolate (we like local chocolatier TCHO) and spreads (Nutella, peanut butter, cookie butter), and endless toppings (candied jalapenos, crushed Oreos, candied grapefruit peel, toasted coconut, Grand Marnier cherry sauce, Nutella powder, cacao nibs, Bourbon-glazed bacon, pistachio brittle...the list goes on) - all of which can be customized to suit your tastes. Shoot us a line and we’ll holla back.
Where are you guys based?
The West Coast Brooklyn, The Town, The Sunny Side of the Bay – whatever you wanna call it, we’re proudly located in sunny Oakland, California, a hotbed of passionate creativity with a thriving arts and foodie scene (and the world’s most perfect weather, not to rub it in, you know). The amazing artisans around here are constant inspirations to us, and we look forward to growing our company and making an indelible impact on and positive contribution to the community we love so much.
Would these make good gifts and if so, can I ship to my gift recipient directly?
Let's be real, what you gift someone actually says quite a lot about you. Like, say, a bag of store-bought chemical-shit-storm marshmallows with unpronounceable ingredients that would give you champ status in Scrabble ("I just pretend to like you"), vs. some gourmet Sugar Knife Sweets ("I'm so fancy you already know I'm in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo." Or something like that).
Well, you get the gist. Remember to specify the address you're shipping to and whatever sweet and lovey message you want to go along with it.
Do you have a storefront?
Not at the moment. You can find us at these fabulous local spots in the meantime:
5655 College Avenue, Oakland (Rockridge)
The Pasta Shop Fourth Street
1786 4th Street, Berkeley
1444 Broadway, Oakland (Downtown)
Oakland Supply Co.
291 3rd Street, Oakland (Jack London)
Entrez! Open House Gift Shop
100 Grand Avenue, Oakland (Grand Lake)
Who did your website/logo/photos?
Only the most talented trio ever.
Our website designer extraordinaire, HQ
, helped us design this badass site and our graphic designer, Ian Vadas
designed our logos and labels. Photos are a combination of those taken by Jenna and SF food photographer legend, Noel Barnhust