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Nathan at TEDxFargo

In July I got to talk about love and marshmallows at TEDxFargo, a remarkable one-day intensive celebration of Wonder. (And yes, ‘wonder’ really was the conference's theme!)

Talking about a passion to a crowd of people is both easy and nerve-wracking. What’s nerve-wracking? Lights, smoke machines and a room full of people combine to create lots of things that could go wrong. That’s probably why public speaking consistently ranks among people’s greatest fears - so many ways to fail! And as the opening speaker I had to operate purely on trust that everything was going to work.

But we should never have anything to fear when we’re invited to tell our own story, especially not to a group of people who want to hear it. And in the end that's what made it easy.

I told the story of how Jenn and I started Wondermade and what we’ve learned about love along the way. We’ve learned that love takes only two forms: Love is either give what you get or love is give everything you’ve got. Most importantly that when love is a ‘give-what-you-get’ practice, things never end well.

Here’s my TED talk in all it’s glory:

Getting to talk with 1800 people about love and how to love better was a profound honor. Spending the rest of the day in one-on-one conversations was even better. I got to hear incredible stories about love and hope and adventure and bravery.

Until a year ago I’d never been to Fargo - I didn’t know a thing about it aside from the Coen Brother’s film. But fast forward 16 months, hundreds of conversations, three trips and one TEDx later and I’m in love. It’s an incredible city full of remarkable people - if you have a chance spend a few days there. Book a room at the HoDo and experience what a small town renaissance looks like firsthand.

Oh, and if you like the talk would you tell a friend? Sharing is what stories are all about, after all.

Our Story

As told by Nathan Clark

Wondermade started as a gift.

Christmas was approaching and I was stuck without any great gift ideas. I wanted to give something awesome to Jenn, but nothing seemed right. I heard an interview on NPR about candy and started wondering how to make candy. A little time on the Internet and I'd learned we had everything we needed to cook our own marshmallows except for a candy thermometer and some know-how.

Lucky me, she loved the gift. So we cooked our first batch and were pretty amazed at just how good they were. That's not because we were candy-making prodigies - a quick glance at the ingredients on store-bought marshmallows helped us realize that we'd just grown up with low-quality candy.

So we kept cooking, trying new recipes and different flavors. You can't cook just one marshmallow, so we always had copious quantities to give to our friends.

I still remember the first time a friend asked to order some of our marshmallows. It was a huge "Aha!" moment for us. We loved these marshmallows. So did our friends. Why wouldn't everyone? So we spent a year perfecting our recipes. We spent that year perfecting our processes. And we spent that year perfecting our packaging so that every detail of Wondermade was built with as much love and care as we put into our marshmallows.

Wondermade started with an act of love. It's that same love today that keeps us committed to crafting incredible marshmallows that are as fun to share as they are to eat.


How quickly will my order ship?

Information on shipping schedules, as well as typical ship times is available on our shipping page. New orders are currently expected to ship in 1-2 days via USPS. Domestic shipping costs $3.45 for 1 box, and then $1 for each additional box.

How many marshmallows come in a box?

We put 16 1"x1" marshmallows in every box. After we cut them to size, we arrange them in a tidy grid, seal them in a plastic bag and finally nestle your mallows into our signature 4.2"x4.2" boxes.

What's the shelf life of Wondermade marshmallows?

Shelf life ranges from 6-16 weeks with everything we're shipping good until at least late February.

What kind of sugar do you use? Is there corn syrup in your marshmallows?

We exclusively use cane sugar for all of our marshmallows. We think cane sugar is the best tasting sweetener around. There are corn syrups made to taste just like cane sugar. Many people cook with them, but they're chemically different. Cane sugar is sucrose; corn syrups are a mix of glucose and fructose in varying percentages. That means they bind to ingredients differently, they cook differently and your body processes them differently. We think their sort of 'different' isn't very good. We prefer being the sort of "different" that's better. It is easier to make marshmallows with corn syrups. But we're in the business of superior marshmallows, not easier-for-us marshmallows. So we're more than willing to take extra steps to deliver extra good mallows.

Who designed your logo? Who printed your boxes?

We obsess over every ingredient and every step of the cooking process to bring you the best marshmallows around. We wanted someone who cared that much about design for our logo, and someone who cared that much about printing for our boxes. We partnered with Heads of State out of Philadelphia for the branding and design work we needed. Then we took their work to Studio on Fire for their incredible work with their antique letterpresses. They're both remarkable teams and we can't recommend either highly enough.

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