Once veganism became more mainstream, brands took notice and started creating a range of plant-based options to rival their conventional counterparts. Take Dandies, a marshmallow company that’s been turning heads at campfires and school bake sales since 2008. That’s right—this company only makes one thing, and they do it so well that their marshmallows are a favorite of both vegans and carnivores alike. One of the reasons you might want to make the switch is because traditional marshmallows are known for being loaded with not-so-great ingredients and made with gelatin (an animal-based product). Yes, this family-friendly treat still falls in the dessert category and doesn’t make any claims to be a health food, but with an ingredient-list makeover, you can indulge feeling better about what you’re putting inside of your body.
The History of Dandies
Dandies got its start in 2008 when founder Ryan Howard wanted his son to try a marshmallow for the first time. It should have been a straightforward process, but since his son was vegan, there weren’t any options on the shelf that accommodated people who didn’t eat animal products. Howard was a trained food process engineer, so he started working in the test kitchen to make a marshmallow his son could enjoy. Within a year, Dandies had a processing plant and was ready to launch its first product at a national trade show. By the end of the day, orders had been placed from health food stores across the country and the rest is history.
Dandies Company Mission
Dandies wants to make a better marshmallow for everyone to enjoy. The family-owned brand is a branch of Chicago Vegan Foods, a brand that’s been making cruelty-free food products since 2001. As Dandies continues to grow, it maintains its core philosophy to put both people and animals first, and create vegan foods that are better for you—and the planet.
Benefits of Dandies
These light and fluffy marshmallows are the perfect treat for s’mores, hot chocolate, and more. Plus, everyone in the family can enjoy them! Whether you’re making after-school snacks, cozying up by the fire, or going on a summer camping trip, there are plenty of reasons to keep a bag of Dandies marshmallows nearby.
- Made with natural ingredients like cane sugar and soy protein
- Made without high-fructose corn syrup or gelatin
- Completely vegan
- First marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified
- Kosher and Gluten-Free
Top Dandies Products
Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to delicious vegan marshmallows. No need to comb the aisles in search of the perfect treat, all you need to decide is if you want the original or mini size!
Original Vanilla Marshmallows
This is the O.G. marshmallow that started it all. Every bag is made from non-GMO ingredients and made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility with dedicated vegan equipment.
Vegan Mini Marshmallows
When a recipe calls for mini marshmallows, reach for this bag that’s a bite-sized version of the original. Gluten-free, Certified Kosher, and vegan, they’ll be a family favorite.
Healthier Dessert Ideas
If you’re craving something sweet but are looking to use better ingredients, we’ve got all the recipes you need. It might still be dessert, but you can feel better about enjoying it.
Drinking Chocolate 3 Ways
A warm mug of drinking chocolate is practically begging for a handful of mini marshmallows on top. Watch them melt into the luscious drink, and enjoy your vegan sip!
7 Healthy Alternatives to Childhood Treats
Give your favorite childhood desserts a healthier spin. Recipes like popsicles, DIY Girl Scout cookies, and caramel apples will still satisfy your sweet tooth, guaranteed.
Honey Marshmallow Recipe
Interested in giving DIY marshmallows a try? Start here. This recipe uses four easy-to-find ingredients.