4 words. Prosecco and raspberry marshmallows. Whaaaaat, I mean need I say more? Well actually I could say a lot more about these little sweet pillows of joy, because that's not all, oh no! There is also marshmallow flavours of peanut butter, key lime pie, hazelnut and chocolate and are you ready for it... salted caramel *drools*.
Rainy City Bakery was created by Laura Johnson, a born and bred Mancunian, hence her "manc-crafted" marshmallows. Bored with the mallow offerings in the world, Laura went out bought herself a KitchenAid mixer and set up her marshmallow magic house in the kitchen of her home in Ancoats. Appearing out of a hazy sugar cloud a year later after experimenting and perfecting her marshmallow flavour combinations, Laura has created a super range of what she likes to consider a more grown up marshmallow. Want to hear something that will blow your mind? These unctuous beauties are also gluten free, fat free and dairy free, oh yeah.
Proud of her city, Laura wanted her branding to celebrate Manchester's industrial nature and of course, the rain (As an Australian, I'm finding this one a little hard to swallow, but if there is amazing marshmallows at the end of the rain, pass me that umbrella).
I was lucky enough to receive a selection of Rainy Day Bakery marshmallows in the post and couldn't resist but to try all of the flavours in one sitting, with sounds of *oooooofff* until I had decided I couldn't possibly eat another marshmallow in this lifetime (which lasted until the next day of course). The texture is different to the regular run-of-the-mill marshmallow, more bite to them, less aerated but fuller of flavour and texture of the flavour, for example the hazelnut and chocolate (as pictured above) had the crunch of nuts and extra sweet hits from the chocolate. My personal favourite was the salted caramel, as the usual sweetness we come to expect from marshmallow was softened by salty undertones, accentuating the creaminess of the caramel.
Rainy Day Bakery traded for the first time at the fantastic Levenshulme market in May 2016, with a resounding success, Laura has since taken her mallows to many-a-market filling the area with sounds of *nomnomnom*. Rainy City Bakery will also be appearing at the Great British Food Festival in July!