As you step into this delicious shop, a tangible sweetness envelops you. If there is one place in Arizona where I’d consider the likelihood of absorbing sugar by osmosis, I’d expect it to be at the Toasted Mallow, a dessert shop in Gilbert located just off of Guadalupe and the US-60. I really wouldn’t be surprised one bit if my caloric intake went up just by breathing.
My daughters spotted the daily special and their minds were made up: the Unicorn S’more, a combination of toasted marshmallows in a graham cracker bowl, topped with a clump of cotton candy, multi-colored sprinkles, and purple ganache. The menu offers other delicious s’mores like the Elvis (toasted peanut butter marshmallows, fresh bananas, drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate ganache) or the Samoa (toasted vanilla bean marshmallows, caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate ganache). And the list goes on!
Tricia and Hazel Arce, owners of the Toasted Mallow, started making marshmallows about six years ago. Tricia’s grandmother had recently passed away and as her main caregiver, she grieved. After she was gone, Tricia explains, “I felt lost.”
She worked at Bass Pro Shops, putting in long hours to bury herself in work. When she and her coworkers conducted bakeoffs, Tricia found that many of the recipes she made called for marshmallow. Since she wasn’t a fan of store-bought marshmallows, she decided to try making them from scratch. Pretty soon, Tricia and Hazel were experimenting with various flavors of marshmallows in the kitchen.
Tricia gradually realized something along the way—making marshmallows was her therapy.
“When I made marshmallows, they filled my heart,” Tricia says! The rest is history.
Now, nearly every day, Tricia and her team handcraft small batches of marshmallows for their dessert shop as well as their online store. Toasted Mallow marshmallows are handmade and hand-cut (bigger than the average store-bought) and made of cane sugar, egg whites, salt and kosher gelatin. They offer over 35 flavors. Each mallow is 100% corn syrup free and made with kosher ingredients. The store also offers a large selection of gluten-free marshmallows, as well custom items such as dairy-free, egg- free and nut-free varieties, and marshmallows without artificial colors. Marshmallows are made to order—mixed, set, cut, packaged and labeled in order to arrive within 4-5 business days across the country ready to be enjoyed.
Marshmallows from the Toasted Mallow are best if consumed within 1-3 weeks. You can also find Toasted Mallow out and about at various October through April farmers markets and other special events.
Toasted Mallow is open Monday – Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm. Closed on Sunday. 1034 N Gilbert Rd #3, Gilbert Encinas Plaza, Gilbert, AZ 85234.