History of the Marshmallow

Marshmallows weren’t always the everyday treat that we know today. Once so rare that only pharaohs could eat them, remarkable advances in technology have helped us bring tasty, fresh marshmallows to the world! Marshmallows are now enjoyed all over the world.

2000 B.C. – Ancient Egyptians discover a wild herb growing in marshland from which a sweet substance could be extracted. This substance, the sap of the marshmallow plant, is combined with a honey-based candy recipe to create a confection so delightful that it’s reserved only for the pharaohs and the gods.

1800s – Candy makers in France combine the marshmallow sap with egg whites and sugar and whip by hand to create the first marshmallows as we know them today. The treat became popular so quickly that candy makers developed the starch mogul system using corn starch molds to form the marshmallows so that they could be made faster. Doctors also used the sap combined with egg whites and sugar to form a hard meringue that was sold as a medicinal candy to soothe sore throats, suppress coughs and heal wounds.

1927 – The Girl Scout Handbook is the first publication to share a recipe for roasted marshmallow combined with chocolate bars and graham crackers, what we know as a s’more.

1948 – Alex Doumak (son of the founder of Doumak, Inc., the makers of Campfire Marshmallows) patented the marshmallow extrusion process, revolutionizing marshmallow production by making it fast and efficient. In extrusion, the marshmallow mixture is pressed through tubes, then cut into equal pieces, cooled and packaged. This new process allowed enough marshmallows to be produced that they became an everyday sweet treat and staple for favorite family recipes.