How Are Marshmallows Made?

5:20 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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Kernersville, NC -- 'Tis the season for s'mores! Kimberly asked, "How are marshmallows made?"

Interestingly enough, marshmallows date back to 2000 BC. The Egyptians ate them, just not in the same way we do today.

Would you believe the marshmallow is actually plant based? It's true! The syrup from the Mallow plant was squeezed out back then and mixed with honey and nuts.

It wasn't until the 19th Century that a French confectioner figured out you could mix the mallow with other things to get it into a solid form.

When marshmallows caught on in the U.S. the demand was so that they could no longer be made by hand. The production line of marshmallows was borne!

Deborah Lee, a food scientist who started Blue Ridge Ice Creams which is now inside Dewey's Bakery, answered how they do it.

"Now, they use sugar, gelatin, water. Then air is incorporated. The marshmallow mixture comes out like a rope and is then chopped into the square shape. "

According to  the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook is the first documentation of a s'mores recipe.


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