Marshmallows

August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

Corn syrup, starch, sugar, and water are mixed with gelatin. The fluffy mixture is piped through long tubes and then cut into equal pieces. Then we skewer them and burn them over the fire or drop them in our hot chocolate. Yes these are marshmallows, and yes it is spelled this way not “marshmellow”

The word “marshmallow” comes from the mallow plant species, a herb native to parts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia which grows in marshes and other damp areas. The plant’s stem and leaves are fleshy, and its white flower has five petals. It is not known exactly when marshmallows were invented, but their history goes back as early as 2000 BCE. Ancient Egyptians were said to be the first to make and use the root of the plant to soothe coughs and sore throats and to heal wounds.

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The marshmallow capital of the world is in Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana.

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One marshmallow contains just under 6 grams of carbohydrates. A single serving of marshmallows provides about 23 grams of carbohydrates,
primarily in the form of added sugar.

The first marshmallows were prepared by boiling pieces of root pulp with honey until thick. Once thickened, the mixture was strained, cooled, then used as intended.

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Each summer more than 50 percent of all marshmallows
sold are eventually toasted over a fire.

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Anthony Falzen from Malta has held the world record
for marshmallow eating since 2013.

The French were introduced to marshmallows in the early to mid-1800s. Owners of small candy stores whipped sap from the mallow root into a fluffy candy mold. This time-consuming process was typically done by hand. Candy stores had a hard time keeping up with the demand. Candy makers started looking for a new process to make marshmallows and found the starch mogul system in the late 1800s.

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in 1927 the Girl Scout Handbook was the first documentation of the recipe for combining marshmallows with chocolate and graham crackers. The Girl Scouts organization was likely responsible for naming the treat. The term s’more allegedly stands for “gimme some more.” S’mores have been popular throughout the years, especially with children. S’more is synonymous with camping and summer fun.

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During high-pressure lift-offs, astronauts insert marshmallows
into their nostrils to protect their nasal linings. 

It allowed candy makers to create marshmallow molds made of modified cornstarch. At this same time, candy makers replaced the mallow root with gelatin and this created the marshmallow stable form. Marshmallows were introduced and popularized in the United States in the early 1900s after the new manufacturing process was developed.

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The largest s’more ever made weighed 1,600 lbs. and used 20,000 toasted marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. The record was set on May 23, 2003.

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Althaiophobia is the fear of marshmallows,
mostly caused by the gooey texture.

In 1948, Alex Doumak revolutionized the process for manufacturing marshmallows. He created and patented the extrusion process. This process involves taking the marshmallow ingredients and running it through tubes. Afterwards, ingredients are cut into equal pieces and packaged. In the 1950s, marshmallows became extremely popular in the United States and were used in a variety of food recipes.

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Americans buy more than 90 million pounds annually. Marshmallow is considered a year-round snack even though the majority
is sold during October and December.

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Japanese Pizza Hut joined forces with a candy brand to make a limited-edition dessert pizza, topped with almond slivers, mini marshes, and a drizzle of milk caramel sauce. If you’re thinking that sounds a little too sweet even for you, there’s a savory end, thanks to the cheese crust.




Sources

Candy USA
Wikipedia
Mobile-Cuisine
Verywell fit


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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