Editor’s Note: Maggie Kraus rebranded as Quaint Confections and sells her marshmallows online at quaintconfections.com. Her OTR storefront closed in 2019.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t sold on the idea of a Fruity Pebbles s’more—until I visited Quaintrelle Confections, that is. The crispy, rainbow-colored cereal pairs magically with a toasted vanilla marshmallow and dark chocolate pieces. It’s a popular order at Meggie Kraus’s s’more bar, which opened in December. And get this: Kraus doesn’t like the artificially puffed-up marshmallows most of us probably grew up eating around the campfire. “It’s a texture thing, and they leave that weird film in your mouth,” she says.
Kraus makes every ’mallow in house, the old-fashioned way, without high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Her version is creamy and dense and comes in seven flavors (that she also sells by the bag), like snickerdoodle, PB&J, and bourbon, plus one rotating seasonal. In addition to build-your-own and traditional options, Quaintrelle offers three monthly combinations that feature flavored ’mallows and funky toppings. Of course, no s’more is complete without graham crackers. As an added bonus, Kraus serves an extra to use as a “spoon.”
Quaintrelle Confections, 1210 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, quaintconfections.com