National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Family roasting marshmallows on camp fire, close-up of marshmallows, close-up

The National Toasted Marshmallow Day is celebrated on August 30. Toasted marshmallows are a popular backyard and camping tradition in English-speaking countries. To make a toasted marshmallow, one needs to place a marshmallow on the end of a skewer or stick and hold it carefully over the fire.Some people prefer their marshmallows gently toasted and some like a charred outer layer which is achieved by igniting marshmallows. Some people eat toasted marshmallows whole and some eat the outer layer and toast the rest of the marshmallow again.Toasted marshmallows are also often used for making s’mores.

A s’more is a campfire treat that consists of a slab of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers.

Here are today’s five thing to know about Marshmallow:

  1. This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
  2. Not all marshmallows are vegan, most marshmallows contain eggs or animal based gelatin.
  3. The marshmallow is a confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin that has been softened in hot water, dextrose, vanilla flavorings, and sometimes coloring, whipped to a spongy consistency.
  4. The marshmallow probably first came into being as a medicinal substance, since the mucilaginous extracts comes from the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, which were used as a remedy for sore throats.
  5. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical uses as well.

To celebrate the National Toasted Marshmallow Day, make a campfire and indulge yourself with this sweet treat.