Meet The Mighty Marsh Mallow

Original Marshmallow Recipe

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered Marshmallow (root)

Whip egg whites until almost stiff. Add vanilla and whip until stiff. Then whip in the sugar, 1 tsp at the time. Finally, add Marshmallow and whip again. Place by teaspoonfull on cookie sheet. Bake in 325 oven for 1 hour.

Marsh Mallow Water

Soak one ounce of marsh mallow roots in a little cold water for half an hour; peel off the bark, or skin; cut up the roots into small shavings, and put them into a jug to stand for a couple of hours; the drink must be drunk tepid, and may be sweetened with honey or sugar-candy, and flavoured with orange-flower water, or with orange juice.

A Short and Sweet History:

  • Ancient Egyptians were the first to enjoy a gooey treat now called marshmallow as early as 2000 BC. The treat was considered very special and it was reserved for gods and royalty.
  • Marshmallow was made from the mallow plant (Athaea officinalis) that grows wild in marshes. The term marshmallow was derived both from the native home of the plant and the plant name.
  • Mallow is native to Asia and Europe and has been naturalized in America.
  • The French were introduced to marshmallow in the early to mid-1800s amd later added cornstarch to help speed up the production and give the candy its unforgettable form.
  • 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. But as candy stores had a hard time keeping up with the demand they started looking for a new process to make marshmallows and found the starch mogul system in the late 1800s. 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 mixing mallow root sap, egg whites and sugar into a a fluffy mold.
  • Marshmallows were introduced and popularized in the United States in the early 1900s, after the new manufacturing process was developed.
  • Now Americans buy about 90 million pounds of marshmallows each year, about the same weight as 1,286 gray whales!! (mallowmaster.com)