National Toasted Marshmallow Day
annually on August 30th
Coming towards the end of summer, National Toasted Marshmallow Day is dedicated to the toasty treats that are more often than not made while sitting around a campfire. The mallow plant, which grows in marshes, was thought to be first used to make marshmallows around 2,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. The root of the plant was mixed with sugar, and was used for medicinal purposes, as well as being used as a treat. By the mid-1800's, in France, marshmallows were being made in small batches by whipping marshmallow roots with sugar, water, and egg whites. Eventually, the marshmallow root was replaced with gelatin, as the marshmallow root ingredient had more to do with texture than taste. A new process, in which the sweet mixture was put in trays of corn starch, made marshmallows easier to be made, in turn helping them gain popularity in the United States in the early 1900's. More improvements in manufacturing came, and by the early 1950's, marshmallow manufacturing became automated. These modern marshmallows that are used on National Toasted Marshmallow Day consist of sugar, water, air, and a whipping agent such as gelatin or egg whites.
How to Observe
National Toasted Marshmallow Day should be spent eating toasted marshmallows of course! The best way to make them is to have a campfire with your family and friends, and toast the marshmallows on a skewer or stick. Some people like them lightly toasted, but some people like to start them on fire and then blow them out. Many times the toasted marshmallows are then used to make S'mores. If you aren't able to toast marshmallows with a campfire, you still can do it using an oven!