Brooklyn Bootleg S'mores ($3) are the single most talked-about sweet at Blue Bottle, and justly so. A plush cut of moonshine-laced marshmallow is tightly hugged with smears of dark chocolate ganache, the chocolate by Mast Brothers. House-made Graham Crackers, crunchy with a linger of honey and cinnamon, are the best part of these s'mores, and ought to be sold on their own.
Butter Baked Goods
Butter Baked Goods, a Vancouver-based bakery, creates marshmallows in 18 flavors, including mint, violet, and coconut (rolled in toasted coconut!), but I'm partial to their fruity numbers, like raspberry and the strawberry marshmallows pictured above. Mild, but fresh is how you'd describe the flavor—none of that bold intensity you'd expect to encounter with a "gourmet" marshmallow. It's clean and melts evenly for impromptu s'more concoctions at home.
ChikaLicious Dessert Club
At ChikaLicious Dessert Club, marshmallows are sold by the cube, a set of eight pieces of $5.95. Like everything at ChikaLicious, these are adorable, from the light pastel shade to the roll in toasted, flaked coconut. Each color represents a different, very subtle flavor: strawberry, kiwi, vanilla, and lemon. Texturally, they're the lightest marshmallows I've had in the city, the texture delicately hovering between fluffy and foamy.
These chubby vanilla marshmallows are exclusive to Murray's Cheese, made by Jean Francois Bonnet of Tumbador Chocolates (the talented fellow behind Scooter Bars and Ring Dings). The marshmallows are sold by the eight-pack, plush little two-biters. I meant to save them for homemade hot chocolate, but wound up finishing the entire bag on my walk home.
Come fall, keep your eyes out for the two-toned Rosemary and Chocolate Marshmallows at Three Tarts in Chelsea. It's a seasonal special, the rosemary blissfully fragrant, with chocolate dominating in these airy light kisses stored in glass jars alongside Cinnamon and potent Espresso marshmallows. Vanilla is a reliable favorite, and as they're $1 each, I always end up leaving with a few more marshmallows than originally planned.