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The Plush Kid’s 100th Day of School Project

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Taking inspiration from a project done in a previous year by a kid who had the same (AMAZING) teacher, the Plush Kid decided she wanted to make an igloo out of 100 Plush Puffs marshmallows for her Kindergarten 100 days of school project. She also added some cute drawings of a snowman and a penguin held up with tooth picks.

igloo made out of 100 marshmallows

The assignment was to take 100 of anything and arrange them creatively. They all brought in their projects today, the 100th day of school for the Los Angeles School District. I am amazed and inspired by the ideas and execution of these projects from 5 and 6 year olds. Other projects included 100 Rainbow Loom bracelets, 100 pieces of torn, colored paper arranged into a beautiful mosaic landscape, 100 crayons arranged and melted on a canvas, 100 delicious cookies, 100 Legos arranged in a picture and to spell out “100 Days,” a collection of 100 leaves, 100 colorful feathers arranged to look like a butterfly and flowers, 100 burred seeds from trees arranged in 10 strands to look like a beaded curtain, and so much more! Click the photo below to see it bigger.

100 Days of School Projects

Feeling so fortunate to have such a creative kid and a great class for her to learn in.

 

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New Things are New!

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

We decided to being the new year with some very new things at Plush Puffs. First, and most delicious, we are now making and selling amazing chocolate walnut fudge, made with our Chocolate Chipetta marshmallows. We’ve actually been making this fudge for a while now using the “odds & ends” from the process of making our chocolate marshmallows. Our friends keep telling us it’s so good that we should sell it. So we are!

Plush Puffs Fab Fudge

We start with our Chocolate Chipetta marshmallows, and melt them down with chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter, sugar, walnuts, salt, and flavorings to create this delicious concoction. Each box contains a block of fudge approximately 1 lb in weight, approximately 4″ x 6″ x 1″ in size.

And we know you’ll love it so we’re giving you an incentive to give our Fab Fudge a try; 50% off of one pound with the coupon code OHFUDGE for a limited time:

Fudge2014Coupon

We’ve also got a great new Valentine’s Day gift box.

 Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows Gift Box

A special treat, this box delivers hot cocoa pleasure. Included in the package are a box of Chocolate Chipetta® Plush Puffs, a pack of Peppi-Mint MugToppers®, three packets of delicious cocoa mix, and a mug. Available for a limited time only!

Finally, we are working on changing the look of our logo, packaging and website. Here’s a sneak peak of the new logo and tagline:

Plush Puffs Hand Crafted Marshmallows Snack Toast Melt

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HAPPY 2014!!

January 1st, 2014 · No Comments

To a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all of you.

New Years 2014

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate – I’m Up All Night To Get Cozy

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s November. It’s almost Thanksgiving. And it’s been 90 degrees at Plush Puffs HQ the last couple days. What the what?! I know it’s Southern California, but it’s not usually THAT hot here this time of year. Luckily, the nights are cool and temps will drop significantly this weekend. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is bundling up and trying to warm their toes.

And there is no better way to warm up than with some favorite creature comforts, like hot chocolate & marshmallows, a romantic moment, your favorite person, and maybe a nip of something.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa with Peppimint Plush Puffs marshmallows and Peppermint Schnapps

peppimint cocoa

Don’t skimp on the hot cocoa. Make it rich and dreamy. We recommend the Ticket Kitchen French Dark Truffle hot chocolate on a stick or the Double Dark Cocoa drinking chocolate from Eclipse Chocolate. Both of these are silky and decadent. To make them pepperminty, top off with a couple of Plush Puffs Peppimint peppermint marshmallows, made with real peppermint extract and nothing artificial. They will melt perfectly into the cocoa to create a flavor that will bring you back to your favorite winters of your memories.

To make it more romantic, add a tablespoon of Peppermint Schnapps and a share the moment with a loved one. Turn a simple hot cocoa into a romantic, thoughtful dessert by serving it on a table with a table cloth and gorgeous candlesticks like these from Red Envelope.

Red Envelope Twist Candlesticks

Like those candlesticks? More romantic gift ideas on Red Envelope‘s site.

There is nothing like staying in on a cold winter night!

 

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Whole Foods Sampling Dates!

November 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Whole Foods Plush Puffs

We’re excited to again be working with our friends at deMOOing to do some sampling events at a handful of Southern California area Whole Foods. We do this to encourage purchase at these Whole Foods which carry our products and to spread some marshmallow love. If you’re in the area, we would love to see you and feed you :-)

11/9 Whole Foods El Segundo 12:00pm-3:00pm
11/11 Whole Foods West LA 12:00pm-3:00pm
11/15 Whole Foods Santa Monica 12:00pm-3:00pm

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Customer Feedback – Gorgeously Decorated Giant Marshmallow Birthday Cake

November 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Nothing, and I mean nothing, makes us happier then when we get emails from happy customers. This was a very special story and we’re thrilled that our customer gave us permission to share it and her photos with you:

Thank you SO much for making a little girl the happiest! My daughter Kenzie was born with a rare disorder and can’t eat any foods that have fat in them. We’ve become very good at making her substitutions for foods so she can eat happily but there is one thing Kenzie has never had… A birthday cake. We never were able to find a fat free cake that looks and tastes normal. When I heard about your giant marshmallow “cakes” I got so excited! We decorated it and this morning, on Kenzie’s 6th birthday we surprised Kenzie with her very first birthday cake! You just made a little girl the happiest birthday girl in the world and for that her parents are very thankful! Thank you so much!!!

Wow. Her first birthday cake. Ever. We are so honored to be part of such a very special day for this family.

And they did an AMAZING job decorating the cake! A beautiful treat for a luck little girl. Happy, happy birthday Kenzie!

Giant Marshmallow Cake Decorated

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Hot Cocoa Cake with Toasted Marshmallows for National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Hot chocolate cake with toasted marshmallows

How about that vintage Plush Puffs logo, huh?

 

How in the world have I never done this?! It’s so darn easy, pretty tasty and the perfect match for some toasty gourmet marshmallows – especially when you’re craving hot cocoa but it’s 102 degrees outside.

Click here for the very easy directions on how to make a chocolate cake in a mug. Not only that, this recipe uses regular hot cocoa mix to make this chocolate cake. It literally couldn’t be easier. The recipe calls for self rising flour, which I didn’t have. So I used this recipe for homemade self rising flour as a substitute and it worked like a dream.

 

The batter, made with hot cocoa mix, self rising flour, an egg and veggie oil. That's it!

The batter, made with hot cocoa mix, self rising flour, an egg and veggie oil. That’s it!

 

The cake recipe says to microwave the cake for 3 minutes. In my microwave, 2 minutes is best. It makes for a just barely undercooked, moist cake. I topped the cake with 2 Vanilla Granola Chip Plush Puffs and then slightly toasted them with a kitchen torch. You could also lightly toast them using a fork or skewer over a gas stove and then put them on the cake. The marshmallows melt the rest of the way into the warm cake.

Any flavor Plush Puffs would work great with this mild chocolate cake, but I think Vanilla Bean or Toasty Coconut are best – simple and perfect.

Eat your hot cocoa and marshmallows on this National Toasted Marshmallow day!

Hot chocolate cake with toasted marshmallows

Eat your hot cocoa!

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S’mores Themed Party!

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments

A customer of ours, Rosie, is have a S’mores Themed Engagement party featuring Plush Puffs! Woo hoo! She shared some of the signs she created to decorate her s’mores table. The signs include some very creative s’mores recipes that we will definitely try out and feature her on our blog. Let us know if Rosie’s s’mores party has inspired you!

 S'mores Table Sign smores table

The S’mores recipe sign that Rosie put on her s’mores station at the party

S'more recipe idea sign for s'more party

And here’s a close up of the s’mores recipe ideas:

S'more recipe idea sign for s'more party

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Plush Puffs is Growing!

August 6th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lots of exciting things are happening at Plush Puffs, most of which you will know about later this year. But what it means is that we are growing – we’re growing our production facility and we’re growing our team of marshmallow-makers. Here are a few behind the scene photos:

The amazing Keith training new Plush Puffs team members

The amazing Keith training new Plush Puffs team members. Glad to have everyone on board!

 

Shiny new floors

Shiny new floors

New door leading to additional warehouse space.

In progress, a new door leading to additional warehouse space.

 

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Time for some homemade pasta sauce

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

What happens when you have a nice selection of home grown garden tomatoes and fresh herbs? You make sauce of course!

Home grown organic tomatoes

Going to make my favorite, simple tomato sauce for pasta. It’s basically the idea of “burst tomato” sauce, where you cook cherry tomatoes in hot olive oil and garlic until they burst. Season and serve! But I have a picky 5-year-old to feed and while she LOVES tomatoes (especially the ones from her own garden), she doesn’t like to eat the cooked tomatoes with skin. But the skin has all the fiber and lots of nutrients (and because our tomatoes are organic, no pesticides!). So after the tomatoes have burst, I add a little vegetable stock and puree. With this selection of tomatoes, the sauce turned out a beautiful orange-yellow. I added the al dente pasta (in this case, shells because that’s what I had in the cupboard) and the pasta and sauce are becoming one.

I will serve with ribbons of basil and shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese. If you keep the tomatoes whole instead of pureeing, then you could add some soft mozzarella cheese and make it a caprese pasta.

Sorry I don’t have an “after” photo. The family got super hungry and the pasta has been gobbled up!

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