id you know that marshmallow candy got its name after Marshmallow root or Althaea officinalis – which was used as a sore throat remedy in ancient Greece? References to marshmallow root as a healing herb are also found in Homer’s Iliad, written over 2,800 years ago. Many years later, the French mastered the technique and named it guimauve [gimɔv] or pâte de guimauve [pat d gimɔv] after the same plant, but in modern marshmallows, the root sap is replaced by gelatin.
So what else is in there, besides gelatin? There is sugar, of course, glucose syrup which prevents crystallization, and in some recipes, you will find egg whites. The million dollars question is – to make marshmallows with or without egg whites? Well, my recipe doesn’t call for egg whites, but you will find both versions out there, and there is nothing wrong with one or the other, it is just a matter of preference because there is a small difference in texture between the two.
Of course, you can nibble your marshmallows without chocolate, but as far as I’m concerned, everything tastes better with chocolate! And it looks better, too! :) Anyway, if you don’t know , hop off to my post and then come back. If , however, you don’t have time for that now, you can always dip your marshmallows in candy melts, you don’t have to temper those, just pop them in the microwave, and you are good to go!
You probably think that since there isn’t any curing marshmallow plant in my recipe, this candy isn’t a remedy? I would disagree. We all know that eating sugar releases dopamine – a chemical compound in our brains that is responsible for feeling pleasure. In my book – remedy it is!
Well, what do you think about this post?
I read and really appreciate all the comments, even though I do not always have the time to respond to each one. So – keep me in the loop and try to create some sweetness every day because – Sweetness is happiness!!