(CA) Ottawa man makes life sweeter with vegan marshmallows
- OTTAWA — An Ottawa man is making the world a little bit sweeter for
vegetarians and vegans by creating a marshmallow free of animal
Fluffy, sugary marshmallows conjure nostalgia for James Bain, an
Ottawa IT consultant and the maker of Charmallows.
“We all have memories of campfires and rice crisp treats, and
marshmallows were kind of a part of that,” he explains.
But traditional marshmallows contain gelatin, a gelling agent that
comes from boiling animal by-products, so the ability to create
memories of s’mores and sticky baking is hindered for some people with
Bain says he’s been interested in food science since childhood,
creating all kinds of culinary concoctions. His reputation as a “food
tinkerer” led to a family friend’s asking him to try his hand at a
marshmallow free of animal products for the bakery Auntie Loo’s
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