Thursday, August 14, 2008

More than Marshmallow!

The original marshmallow candy was made using the sap from the root of the Marsh Mallow plant. In ancient Egypt, the juice of the Marsh Mallow was mixed with honey to make special candy that was reserved for pharaohs and gods.

In the 19th century, pharmacists from France used the Marsh Mallow juice to make hardened medicinal candy. It was originally used to soothe children's sore throat. Confectioners later figured out that the Marsh Mallow juice could be replaced with gelatin instead to make dessert. The marshmallow candy you see today is made with corn syrup, sugar, cornstarch and gelatin.

Marshmallow Candy

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