What gives candy marshmallows their name?
A marshmallow is a sugar-based confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, water and gelatin whipped to a spongy consistency, molded into small cylindrical pieces, and coated with corn starch. Some marshmallow recipes call for eggs. This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
The “marsh mallow” plant originally used in production
Marshmallows can be traced thousands of years back to ancient Egypt, when the sap of a certain swamp-dwelling mallow plant paired well with honey to become a sweet treat. Due to its association with the plant, it’s not surprising where the candy would get its name. However, marshmallows as we know them today would not appear until 1948. Source: Rocky Mountain Marshmallows, Bravo TV