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Easter is just a few short days away.

How did that happen? I’m pretty sure Nash was just born and the Christmas decorations were being wrapped up. Wasn’t it just moments ago that Eden turned two? And it was, like, yesterday that I bought myself a 2014 calendar –   well actually it was (I’m kinda behind). And so here we are, somehow, nearly one third the way through the year.

Honestly I’m pretty thrilled that the past few months are behind us. Baby Nash is growing up and out of his constant need to be held, he is sleeping through the night giving me incredible (albeit fleeting) moments of restfulness, and the weather outside is BEAUTIFUL. Easter, I am so glad you’ve arrived and for the occasion I made something special. 

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I’ve been experiencing a lot of awesomeness through the mail recently, as you may have noticed, and a few weeks back I got a package that was no exception. Thanks to Chicago Vegan Foods, I found myself staring into a box filled with FOUR bags of oh-so-amazing Dandies Vegan Marshmallows – a product to which I am no stranger.  

photo curtesy of Chicago Vegan Foods

photo curtesy of Chicago Vegan Foods

What do you do with FOUR bags of marshmallows, you might ask. Have no fear, this is The Sweet Life, and I have many sweet tricks up my sleeve. 

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photo curtesy of Chicago Vegan Foods

Any one who has already tried Dandies knows that these marshmallows are an amazing feat. Pillowy, sweet, and chewy, Dandies are simply amazing and a perfect replica of their non-vegan counterpart. 

Dandies vegan marshmallows are made by Chicago Vegan Foods, a company dedicated to making the perfect vegan versions of some very loved foods. Starting with Temptation Ice Cream, CVF gave vegans one of the greatest gifts of all: creamy, dreamy, and totally delicious soft serve ice cream. I have been enjoying Temptation Ice Cream at Back to Eden Bakery since moving to Portland and can say without hesitation, it is the best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had. Ever. Next CVF began a line of vegan cheeses, Teese.  I had the chance to try their vegan nacho cheese last year at Vida Vegan Con. I was never a big fan of nacho cheese in my pre-vegan days but as far as I can remember, CVF did what they set out to do and veganized nacho cheese to a T(eese).

I appreciate that Chicago Vegan Foods keeps their product offerings small, focusing on making THE BEST veganized versions out there, which they continue to do as grow. And their Dandies marshmallows are no exception.  Perfect for roasting, melting, topping a warm beverage, baking, and eating raw Dandies are the ultimate vegan marshmallow. One you’re gonna want to check out if you haven’t already.

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Thanks to Dandies, I was able to create this recipe, which allows my vegan toddler to enjoy Easter that way it ought to be enjoyed – with sugary, chewy, marshmallowy Easter candy. 

Easter Egg Nests
makes 16-18
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Nests
  1. 3 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
  2. 1 package Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (mini's work best)
  3. 4 cups crunchy Chow Mein noodles
Fillings
  1. about 60 dark chocolate covered almonds (3 per nest)
  2. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil or vegan butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until fully melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add noodles, stirring until they are fully coated.
  3. While mixture is still warm, shape into nests. Depending on the size of your nest, you should get somewhere between 16 - 22. Press about 1 teaspoon of shredded coconut into the bottom then top with three dark chocolate covered almonds (or candy of choice).
  4. These are best served the same day.
Notes
  1. Not all Chow Mein noodles are vegan so make sure to double check.
My Darling Vegan http://mydarlingvegan.com/
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But wait…there’s more.

Chicago Vegan Foods is offering you a chance to win FOUR bags of Dandies Marshmallows. Just enter below: 

Contest open to United States residents only. 

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Other Dandies Marshmallow recipes: 

smores

rice krispies

Keep you eyes peeled, because I’ve got several more bags of Dandies and I’m thinking Rocky Road Ice Cream is in order. 

Disclaimer: I was given this product to try but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.