Marshmallows are a classic treat. They come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Marshmallows are also incredibly versatile. You can roast them over a campfire or drop a couple into a mug of hot cocoa. However you choose to eat your marshmallows, they are always delicious. Everyone loves them, but how much do we really know about marshmallows?
The Food of the Gods
Like many other things, early marshmallows were made from a plant – specifically, the root sap of the marsh mallow plant, native to parts of Europe, northern Africa, and Asia. The marshmallows were made by boiling pieces of the marsh mallow root pulp with sugar until thickened. Once thickened, the mixture was strained and cooled. As long ago as 2000 BC, the Egyptians would combine the marsh mallow root with honey, but this was a special treat reserved for gods and royalty.
Marsh Mallow for Medicinal Purposes
The marsh mallow plant also has some medicinal qualities. Early doctors would use different parts of the plant to treat a wide variety of maladies. The roots and leaves of the marsh mallow could be used as a laxative. Some doctors would use it in a poultice to slow down inflammation. The marsh mallow roots were also used in the treatment of chest pain, coughing, and sore throats, and as an ointment.
Marshmallows for Everyone!
Around 1900, marshmallows were finally available on a much larger scale. They were sold in tins as penny candy. This mass production was made possible toward the end of the nineteenth century by the invention of the starch mogul manufacturing system, which allows runnier materials to be used. Originally, marshmallows were shaped with wooden machine parts; by 1911, the wooden parts had all given way to steel machinery. Eventually, the mallow root was replaced by gelatin and other whipping agents.
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