Best marshmallow like no other: The Rustic Puff

Best of Sacramento 2013 writer’s pick

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Once you're over the age of 12, marshmallows become something you eat out of nostalgic obligation—a window into camping trips past, filled with hot chocolate, s'mores and Rice Crispy Treats. The gooey cylinders of puffed sugar that are sold at grocery stores aren't actually good, but it’s all most of us know. Luckily, one Lodi company, The Rustic Puff, has set out to change that. Crafting marshmallows out of locally sourced ingredients, the company offers flavors like salted margarita, maple bacon, birthday cake, and even pilsner and pale ale. They’re pretty, too—rough-cut, pale, pillowy squares that are charmingly rustic. Prices start at $5, or you can join the Puff Club starting at $95 for three months, which gets you early access to the newest flavors and recipes. Available at the Midtown Farmers Market Sacramento, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; www.therustic