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Marshmallow: A Flower or a Sweet Treat?

One of the most popular variations of marshmallow treats is the chocolate-coated version, which happens to have its variety of variations. The variation actually depends on the various coatings used, which range from licorice, chocolate, candy sprinkles, and many more.

Etymology

There are different names given to marshmallow treats, and the names are usually based on where they came from, what ingredients are used and how they are prepared for serving. Marshmallow is a plant that gets processed, cooked with sugar and egg whites and then whipped until it forms into the foam. This candy confection originated from Egypt. The name marshmallow treat is obviously given because the result of the processed marshmallow is indeed a great treat for everyone.

How are marshmallow biscuits produced?

Find out the role of aeration and marshmallow processing in the production of marshmallow biscuits.

History

Confectioners in the mid-nineteenth century in France spearheaded the development of preparing the marshmallow sap and improving it to make a sweet like today's marshmallows. The sugary treat was made locally by the proprietors of little sweet shops. They would extricate the sap from the mallow plant's root and whip it themselves.

The treat was exceptionally well known, yet its production was work escalated. In the late nineteenth century, French makers thought of utilizing egg whites or gelatin, joined with altered corn starch, to make the chewy base. This stayed away from the work escalated extraction process, yet it required modern techniques to join the gelatin and corn starch in the privilege way.

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Another achievement in the creation of marshmallows was the improvement of the expulsion procedure by the Greek American confectioner Alex Doumak in the late 1940s. In this procedure, which Doumak protected in 1956, marshmallow blend is siphoned through expulsion heads with various ports adjusted beside one another which structure ceaseless "ropes" of marshmallow.

This innovation enabled marshmallows to be produced in a completely mechanized manner and gives us the commonplace barrel-shaped state of the present marshmallow. In the 19th century, marshmallows were made by whipping mallow root, egg whites, and sugar into a fluffy mold. Then, the French added corn starch to the process. Today, the mallow plant extract has been replaced with gelatin, and other common ingredients include corn syrup, corn starch, sugar, and water.

Today, marshmallow treats are available in supermarkets and in different delicacy variations. There are even some restaurants that serve these treats.

Different Country - Different Marshmallow

According to food history, many countries have been claiming that marshmallow treats have originated from them. Some even claimed that the chocolate-coated marshmallow was their National Confection. Early records though show that the very first chocolate-coated variety was created in Denmark in the 1800s. In Danish, this sweet treat is called flødeboller or cream buns in English, because the original recipe called for the use of the cream.

Later recipes though substituted the cream with egg whites for commercial purposes because eggs whites improve the product’s shelf life. In Israel, marshmallow treats are called Krembos, and very popular as an alternative to ice cream as a winter treat. Krembo is a Hebrew word that translates in English as Cream-It-In. There is even a Krembo season that happens from October to February. In South Africa, marshmallow treats are called Sweet Pie, while in North America; similar treats are called either Scooter Pie or Moon Pie. Germans called these treats as Schokoküsse, which means Chocolate Kiss. 

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Other names include Neekerinsuukot (Finland); and Negerzoenen (the Netherlands). Both names mean Negro Kisses in English. The other parts of Germany (South and South-West), these treats are called Mohrenkopf. In Germany, marshmallow treats are called Schokoküsse, and it is available all year round. Every year around 120 billion treats are sold, which averages approximately 12 pieces per person in a year. The most popular German marshmallow treat brand is Dickmann's.

In the Philippines, the biggest producer of marshmallow treats is Fibisco, which distributes a product called Choco Mallow that looks very similar to the US Mallomars. Choco Mallows are foil-covered and packed in boxes of six for distribution. In Canada, Dare Foods produces Viva Puffs, which is their version of marshmallow treats; these treats used to be called Chocolate Puffs. In the French-speaking part of Switzerland, these are named Têtes Choco, which translates to Chocolate Heads.

Marshmallow treat

Biggest producer, yearly production and consumption

Arguably though, the biggest producer of chocolate-coated marshmallow treats is Denmark, producing about 800 million products yearly. The largest manufacturer is Elvirasminde, which produces approximately 650 million in which 400 million is exported and the remaining to be distributed locally for the Danish people to enjoy. In Israel, there are around 50 million Krembos that are sold every year, which averagely amounts to nine Krembos per one person in Israel.

In the United States, the biggest producer is Nabisco, which makes this treat with a circle graham cracker to be covered with melted marshmallow and covered again with dark chocolate. The result is a hard shell shaped treat called as Mallomars. Another producer of marshmallow treats is the Orion Confectionery; a manufacturer based in Korea and distributes the product as Choco Pie.

In New Zealand, the biggest manufacturer of marshmallow treats is Griffin’s that distributes them as MallowPuffs.This treat comes in different flavors like; Original Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Rocky Road, Hokey Pokey, and Double Chocolate.

The biggest producers

Mallomars

Mallomars

Treat that has been here for more than 100 years! They represent a graham cracker and marshmallow, dipped in chocolate. It is a seasonal item from Nabisco. We could say that Mallomars are seasonal and only available in the colder, winter months. Their season is from September to March. 

Why is that the case?

It is because the thin chocolate coating has a tendency to melt during hot summer months. But if you want to eat them later, no problem – Mallomars have a shelf life of six months.

How to eat Mallomars?

  1. The Bite – bite into the Mallomar like you would bite into any other cookie and eat it like a normal person.
  2. The Twist and Separate – separate the bottom cookie from the marshmallow top by twisting the marshmallow slowly and then eating each side on its own.

Tunnocks

The Tunnock's Teacake is a sweet food popular in the United Kingdom. Teacakes are often served with a cup of tea or coffee. The product consists of a small round shortbread biscuit covered with a dome of Italian meringue, a whipped egg white concoction similar to marshmallow, although somewhat lighter in texture.

Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels are nibble sustenance sold in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, other Commonwealth nations, and the Republic of Ireland. They comprise of two scones with marshmallow sandwich filling, shrouded in a chocolate-enhanced covering. In Australia, Wagon Wheels are now produced by Arnott's Biscuits. George Weston Foods Limited sold the brand to Arnott's in August 2003. In the United Kingdom, Wagon Wheels are produced and distributed by Burton's Foods.

Viva puffs

They are a combination of rich cookie, soft marshmallow and a sweet surprise in the middle, all smothered in a chocolatey coating.

Talking about a sweet surprise, it comes in a few flavors:

  • Raspberry
  • Cane
  • Fudge
  • Strawberry

Super Dickmanns

Dickmanns Marshmallows

It's a chocolate-covered marshmallow snack with a soft wafer base. They are big and one cookie contains more marshmallow than any other marshmallow cookie.How to eat Dickmanns

S'mores

S'more is a campfire treat popular in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, consisting of a marshmallow and a layer of chocolate placed between two pieces of graham cracker or cookie.  It is one of the most popular cookie types with marshmallows. It is not a brand, you can make it yourself at home. Variations are numerous.  You can use different types of cookies, dip them in chocolate, use sprinkles, etc.

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It's not a treat, it is a flower?

Althaea Officinalis, or marshmallow, is a perennial species indigenous to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, which is used in herbalism and as an ornamental plant.  A confection made from the root since ancient Egyptian times evolved into today's marshmallow treat, but most modern marshmallow treats no longer contain any marsh-mallow root.

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"Marshmallow" begins from the mallow plant species (Althaea Officinalis), a herb neighborhood to parts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia which creates in bogs and other clammy zones.  The plant's stem and leaves are stout and its white sprout has five petals. Their history returns as in front of the timetable as 2000 BC

Old Egyptians were said to be the first to make them, and eating them was an advantage deliberately held for heavenly creatures and for distinction, who used the establishment of the plant to moderate hacks and sore throats, and to retouch wounds. The primary marshmallows were set up by gurgling bits of root crush with nectar until thick. Whenever thickened, the mix was focused on, cooled, and a short time later used as expected.

Ingredients and preparation

Marshmallow-ingredients

Marshmallow treat is the name given to sweet confections made of marshmallows that have gone through different processes using different other ingredients that complement the main one. The main ingredient of the popular chocolate marshmallow treat is, of course, the marshmallow. Other ingredients include; all-purpose flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, eggs, unsalted butter, and chocolate glaze.

For people who want the total homemade goodness, they can make their marshmallows. All you need is water, light corn syrup, powdered gelatin, sugar, egg whites, and pure vanilla extract. The chocolate glaze can also be made at home by using semi-sweet chocolate and vegetable oil or cocoa butter. 

A little Q&A

Can you freeze marshmallows?

Of course, you can! If you weren't able to eat all at once, don't be sad, they will not go to trash, that would be such a pity!  Freeze them and serve for later when your friends come for a visit, or when you feel like you need a sweet treat. Freezing will keep them from spreading and melting in the cookie too much. Pull them out of the freezer just before placing them into the dough. If you choose to freeze your marshmallows, spread them out on a small tray or plate rather than freezing them all in a clump.

How do you keep marshmallows from melting?

Marshmallows are a little bit tricky when the high temperatures are in a room or outside. It is not easy to eat them during summer, hmm…

But we can solve this problem!

Put the bag of marshmallows into a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid or a resealable plastic bag, and then into the freezer. This will keep them fresh. If the marshmallows get stuck together, simply sprinkle a little confectioners' sugar or cornstarch into the container and shake until coated.

Refreezing

Seal the container or zipped bag opening. Then shake the container to coat the marshmallows and prevent them from sticking together.

Remove marshmallows from the refrigerator when you're ready to use them. You can store the marshmallows in a dark corner of the refrigerator for 2-3 months.

Old marshmallows

You can add a bit of moisture to stale marshmallows by adding a piece of bread or two to the bag. Seal the bag and wait a couple of days.

Nutrition

Unfortunately, we can't say that marshmallows are healthy because they are full of sugar, but we can look through a different perspective and say that, for example, if you are watching your weight, eating a marshmallow is a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth that won't do too much damage to your waistline.

Also, regularly eating burned marshmallows can pose health risks. One marshmallow contains just under 6 grams of carbohydrate.

Baked marshmallows

Baked marshmallows

A single serving of marshmallows provides about 23 grams of carbohydrate, primarily in the form of added sugar.  The glycemic index of marshmallows is estimated to be about 62, making it a high glycemic food.

Interesting stories about Marshmallow treats

On Danish TV (The Great Bake Off), Bakers are challenged to come up with their special versions of marshmallow treats. Most Americans though buy these treats when they are available and they freeze them so that they can still be enjoyed during summer. In Australia, their marshmallow treat is one produced by Arnott's Chocolate Royals and available in dark chocolate and milk chocolate versions, with the appearance that is similar to Tunnock teacake.

Baking marshmallows

Sweet potatoes and marshmallows?

Mostly Americans bake their sweet potatoes with marshmallows, you should try this if you are brave enough! Each Thanksgiving, it appears on Americans' dining room tables.

 

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