The following answer to the question
"Where did marshmallows come from?" is FAQ number nine on the [alt.food.peeps]
Peeps FAQ maintained by Annie.
"Marshmallow candy dates
back to ancient Egypt where it was a honey-based candy flavored and thickened
with the sap of the root of the Marsh-Mallow plant (althea officinalis).
Marsh-Mallow grows in salt marshes and on banks near large bodies of water.
It is common in the eastern United States. Until the mid 1800's, marshmallow
candy was made using the sap of the Marsh-Mallow plant. Gelatin replaces
the sap in the modern recipes."
Today's marshmallows are a mixture of
corn syrup or sugar, gelatin, gum arabic and flavoring.
Viable Herbal Solutions
"Nineteenth century doctors
extracted juice from the marsh mallow plant's roots and cooked it with
egg whites and sugar, then whipped the mixture into a foamy meringue that
later hardened, creating a medicinal candy used to soothe children's sore
throats. Eventually, advanced manufacturing processes and improved texturing
agents eliminated the need for the gooey root juice altogether. Unfortunately,
that eliminated the confection's healing properties as a cough suppressant,
immune system booster and wound healer."
About Jet-Puffed Marshmallows History
"The candy makers needed
to find a new, faster way of making marshmallows. As a result, the "starch
mogul" system was developed in the late 1800s. Rather than making marshmallows
by hand, the new system let candy makers create marshmallows in molds made
of modified cornstarch (like jelly beans, gummies and candy corn are made
today). At about the same time, mallow root was replaced by gelatin, providing
marshmallows with their "stable" form...
is a Marshmallow?
...In 1948, Alex Doumak, a marshmallow
manufacturer, began experimenting with different methods of marshmallow
making. Doumak was looking for ways to speed up production and discovered
the "extrusion process", which revolutionized marshmallow production. Now,
marshmallows can be made by piping the fluffy mixture through long tubes
and cutting its tubular shape into equal pieces. "
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People have been known to eat it
straight from the jar, but it's been put to use more often in a marshmallow
fudge named for Mamie Eisenhower (alternatively called Never-Fail Fudge),
or in a sandwich fit for a king (if you're Elvis, that is) called the Fluffernutter.
According to The
History of Fluff:
"In the early 1900s, Archibald Query
of Somerville made the first Fluff in his kitchen and sold it door to door.
However, due to the sugar shortages of World War I, Query was not successful.
He sold the secret Fluff formula to two enterprising confectioners, H.
Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower, for $500. These two renamed their product
"Toot Sweet Marshmallow Fluff" and in 1920 made their first sale of three
gallons of Fluff to a vacation lodge in New Hampshire. The price was a
dollar a gallon."
History of Marshmallow Fluff
This history is similar to the one
above except it forgets about Archibald Query.
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