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History of the Marshmallow

Ever wonder how Marshmallows were invented? Check out the facts below and learn how these soft, fluffy treats were introduced to the world long ago!

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.

TODAY

Whether Mini or Giant, Marshmallows are an everyday sweet treat and a staple for favorite family recipes! From roasting over a campfire or cereal treats to snacking and crafts, Campfire Marshmallows add a little fun to everyday life!

About Campfire Marshmallows

Campfire Marshmallows have been a family favorite since 1917. Today, Campfire Marshmallows continues to produce top-quality marshmallows that are always gluten free, dairy free, nut free and allergen friendly. Whether Mini or Giant, Marshmallows are an everyday sweet treat and a staple for your favorite family recipes! From roasting over a campfire or cereal treats to snacking and crafts, Campfire Marshmallows add a little fun to everyday life!

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