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5 fun facts about ooey-gooey marshmallows!

 

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There is nothing better around a campfire than gooey toasted marshmallows.

Nobody is sure when marshmallows were invented. But Ancient Egyptians may have mixed sap and mallow root for sore throats. Back then, they were considered special. Only kings and other noble people were allowed to eat them!

Today marshmallows are enjoyed by everyone. Here are some yummy facts to celebrate the day with.


Why are marshmallows called “marshmallows”?

the marshmallow flower

The Althea Officinalis, also known as the marshmallow flower. (Canva)

How about calling them ‘sugar puffs of deliciousness’ or something like that?

Their name comes from how marshmallows got their flavour back when they were created. They used the root of the mallow flower. It grows in a marsh. Marsh + mallow!

The mallow root was also used to treat sore throats back then. So the next time you’re sick, try asking your doctor if you can have marshmallows.

Today, there isn't any mallow flower in marshmallows. They're made up mostly of sugars, water, gelatin and air.


Are you afraid of marshmallows?

2 kids scared of some toasted marshmallows they are holding

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There's a word for that. Althaiophobia (say "al-tha-eye-oh-FOH-bee-ah") is the fear of marshmallows.

Of course, if you're afraid of marshmallows, you might also be afraid of other things. There are marshmallows in s'mores, crispy cereal treats and even hot cocoa!

Do you know anyone who is afraid of marshmallows? Didn’t think so.


Want s’more?

a person holding a yummy s'more in their hands

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Probably the most famous marshmallow treat is the s’more. That is actually short for ‘some more.’

How do you make s’mores? Easy! Just sandwich toasted marshmallow and chocolate between two graham crackers.

No one knows who made the first s’more. But you could ask the Girl Scouts of America. They published the first official recipe for them back in 1927. Thanks Girl Guides!


Do polar bears like marshmallows?

polar bears on snow

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It seems that some of them do!

There are people who feed the animals at SeaWorld in Florida. They usually feed them healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. But sometimes they give the polar bears marshmallows as a tasty treat! Wonder if they toast them first?


Is there a marshmallow word record?

boy with a marshmallow in his mouth

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There are a lot of weird facts about marshmallows. The strangest might be the Guinness World Record for “farthest marshmallow nose-blow.”

Yes, you read that right. One person blew a marshmallow out of their nostril. It flew 5.46 metres through the air. Another person caught it in their mouth. Yuck!

 

cute marshmallow art by Supakorn Jutasuwan / 123RF Stock Photo