No campfire or cup of hot chocolate is complete without a tasty marshmallow. The soft and puffy treat is the ultimate comfort food – who doesn’t like to sneak a few from the cupboard when no one is looking?
Have you ever wondered how in the world the marshmallow was invented?
Marshmallows have been around for a long time. Back in 2000 BC, they were considered a treat fit only for royalty. Ancient Egyptians made the treats with the sap from the mallow plant and mixing it with nuts and honey.
Known also as “the cheese plant” mallow is used in many herbal medicines today as an anti-inflammatory, emollient, or laxative. It’s also high in vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and more.
The sap from the plant can be whipped to resemble an egg-white meringue, which explains why marshmallows evolved to include egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin.
Today, marshmallows are commonly used as candy, decorative toppings, or in recipes. Gimme s’more!
If you want to make your own marshmallows, here’s a great recipe for you to try.