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How the Marshmallow Got Its Name

This is nothing more than a bit of trivia, however, I found it interesting. The question comes to mind, when people have been roasting marshmallows over the glowing coals of a campfire, how did the marshmallow get its name?

It seems that the lowly marshmallow, as a candy-like confection, dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. This sweet food item was made from a syrup extract taken from the root of the mallow plant. The mallow plant grows in many places around the world in a marsh environment and is known as the marsh-mallow plant. Thus the source of the name of the marshmallow.

Most modern-day marshmallows are no longer made from the mallow plant. Now sugar-based syrup, gelatin and air are the main ingredients of marshmallows.

That's the end of another story.


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