Happy Thursday! Today we are sharing with you Archimallows! We first met Kyle at a pop up shop back in December. It only took a bite of his eggnog marshmallows to convince us that these were the best marshmallows we have EVER had! We hope you fall as in love with his creations as we did!
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kyle Archibald, I am originally from Winterpeg, Manisnowba. I have always had a sweet tooth and a love for fashion and anything new and exciting. I spent my 20's working in Retail at every level. I was in the stores on the floor, in the buying offices purchasing all things womens wear for national chains. The really great thing about these jobs is that it brought me to Montreal, New York and LA every 6 weeks. I got to see and experience the best of North America which satiated all of my passions including eating and experiencing all things new in the food and design world.
Fast forward to my early 30's and my move to Vancouver. Ready to put some roots down in the most beautiful, liveable city in North America if not the world. I was the General Manager of Aphrodites Organic Cafe and Pie Shop for 4 years and then made my move into marshmallows.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I watch A LOT of daytime TV my PVR is full of The View, Kelly and Michael, Ellen, Kathie Lee and Hoda and Wendy Williams. I also love crossfit, I try to get to the box as often as possible.
How did it all get started?
I am a pinterest freak and really got into painting everything with chalkboard paint My kitchen wall, dresser, coffee table, wall in my living room, backsplash. My partner came home one day and said "if you paint anything else with the paint I am going to hide the paint." SO I got a new hobby and started making marshmallows as christmas gifts for people. My partner brought them to work and came home with 24 orders and my old buyer days kicked in. I thought I can move this product through the seasons, make delicious mallows and package them up real cute.
I love it because I get to choose my own adventure. The path that I am on I could not have imagined when I started two years ago!
Do you make everything from scratch?
We do make everything from scratch, all the pieces are cut with scissors, I love the look of a rustic handcut marshmallow. The process is boiling all the sugar, adding it to gelatin and while mixing marshmallow happens. I am a one trick pony i cannot explain the details. If you want to take a look at my youtube channel under thekylearchibald I have made a very lofi video.
What does having your marshallows as a favour look like?
As a favour I think the his and her mallow is the best idea, you each choose a flavour and I pack it up usually with the theme of the wedding. The reality is, each wedding if different and I have not done the same thing twice, there is always a variation. You can also get chopstick wedding favours too!
You can also bring a smores bar to the venue. Tell us more about that? What does it look like?
When I do a smores party I come with 4 flavours of marshmallow, regular and gluten free crackers, caramel, chocolate and strawberry sauce. Baileys and Kahlua to dip the toasted marshamallow in and of course the hand torch to toast the mallow. I am usually there after dinner and make smores for about 2 hours straight. I've done weddings from 50 - 350 people!
How do you stay creative and on top of the wedding trends?
I stay creative by being inspired by fashion and try not to immerse myself in food trends. I find a lot of repetition within the industry and the only way to stay fresh is to constantly evolve and offer newness. Usually the bride has a strong feeling for the direction of their wedding and I follow suit and try to really work one on one to create something extra special.
If you're itching for a taste of these delicious marshamallows, Kyle will be at Holt Renfrew this week with Easter mallows for all your loved ones (and you of course!)
Make sure to follow Kyle on instagram @archimallows :)