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All About Marshmallows

They’re squishy , they’re fluffy, they’re sweet and easy to eat - but what exactly are they and how did they come to be one of the most popular treats? Still don’t know what we’re talkin’ about? Marshmallows of course! Find out more in All About Marshmallows!

MMM....Marshmallows!

We see them in desserts all the time, chances are you even have some in your cupboard at home, but what exactly are marshmallows? The marshmallows we eat today are made from sugar, water, corn syrup and gelatin that is softened in hot water, and vanilla which are whipped until they reach a sponge- like texture. Sometimes color is added to make them a treat for the eyes as well. Some recipes include eggs as well.

Medicinal Marshmallows

Marshmallows weren’t always confections meant for throwing in hot chocolate and s’mores, the original marshmallow was actually medicinal. In Ancient times there were many medicinal uses for marshmallow root, for example the Ancient Egyptians used to extract sap from marshmallow plant roots and mix it with honey and nuts to soothe sore throats (it didn’t hurt that the chewy substance they made from these ingredients doubled as a sweet treat!)

French Food

In the early 19th century French candy-makers came up with the idea of sweetening and whipping marshmallow sap to create a fluffy confection. This new candywas incredibly popular but labor-intensive to create and French sweet shop owners couldn’t keep up with demand. By the end of the 19th century they came up with the idea of adding gelatin, egg whites or corn starch to made the candy chewier and easier to make. It wasn’t until 1948 that there was another major leap forward in marshmallow production when American Alex Doumak invented an extrusion process which was a way to make marshmallows by machine in small cylinders – exactly like the marshmallows we eat today!

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What’s your favorite way to eat marshmallows? Let us know in the comments section below.

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As you know, or maybe you don’t. The word ‘Mother’ is a very strong word, and in this article I am going to show you how strong the word is. So, what’re you waiting for? Let’s start. It is strong word for us, because why not? A mother is who takes care of us, who wakes us up for school and helps us out with our main problems. We’re always rude with our mother, but did we notice? They work hard for us, and yet we still act rude. We’re sometimes angry with her, but did we notice? She stays up all night thinking about us, so all we need is a mother who takes care of us, feeds us and of course she is always there to support us. I’m lucky to have a mother, because she is the best. That’s the word I would always recommend for a mother. Few days ago, I had a fight with my mother and she got very angry, and started ignoring me. She told me that I can use everything without her permission or even do things without her permission. I was like, I am free! I continued to do things without her permission, It felt really good. But, after that I began to feel lonely and I used to miss how she used to scream at me. I used to cry every night thinking about her, she never talked to me, even a bit. I knew the word ‘sorry’ wasn’t enough, I knew I had to do something good. So, I thought of writing her a letter of how sorry I was. But, I never wrote it because I knew that words do not have emotion. I stepped near her, said ‘sorry’. It was a emotional break down for me, I cried a lot, I missed her a lot. I regretted for the things I did to hurt her. I was like, that’s a terrible way to repay her, I was expecting her to forgive me and SHE REALLY DID! I was so happy, I broke down in happiness just thinking about her. The only thing I’d recommend is that, just don’t hurt your mother the way I did, because that is the most terrible I ever did in my entire life. The reason I hurt her with? Oh, well, I was not listening to her. She was screaming, still I was not listening to her, isn’t that terrible? She works the entire night, and that’s how I repay her? Even if she forgave me, I’ll still regret it my entire life. Thank you for reading my story, the last thing I would like to say is that never hurt your mother because she is the most important thing in your whole life. –END–
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