The Brief History of Marshmallows

History of Marshmallows

It’s gooey, sugary, and downright delicious, so much so that it’s the star of our famous Mallo Cup candy! We know how much you love the delicious crave-worthy taste of delicious marshmallows, but how much do you know about the marshmallow? We’re proud to present to you, “The Brief History of Marshmallows.”

  • Marshmallows come from the sweet sap of the mallow plant.
  • Mallow plants grow in salty marshes near large bodies of water and can grow to be 4 feet high.
  • Ancient Egyptians used the mallow root for making candied delicacies to appease their gods, nobility, and pharaohs.
  • Ancient Egyptian marshmallows were a mixture of mallow sap, honey, grains and then baked into cakes.
  • The ancient Greeks believed mallow sap cured sore throats and pains.
  • The French began using the mallow plant as a confectionary ingredient in the 1800s.
  • The French discovered that cooking and whipping marshmallow sap with egg whites and corn syrup created a moldable substance that became the marshmallow we know and love today.
  • In the 1900s marshmallows were being sold as penny candies in tiny tins. It was around this time that the Boyer Brothers started experimenting with marshmallow and created the world’s beloved Mallo Cup!

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