A friend of mine informed me last week that our local commissary is currently selling jumbo marshmallows. You have NEVER seen a marshmallow until you see this monstrosity! When you try to make smores from it, more than half the marshmallow oozes out of the crackers, full sheets of crackers, it is THAT big. This picture doesn't do it justice. Here is the big campfire marshmallow next to a penny.
Out of curiosity, I decided to do a little research on Wikipedia about marshmallows. That's the nerd in me, what can I say. Did you know these facts about marshmallows?
1. They were originally used for medicinal purposes? The root of the plant Althaea officinalis, which marsh mallow extracts originate, was thought to soothe sore throats.
2. Using marsh mallow as a candy dates back to ancient Egypt. It wasn't until candymakers in 19th century France that the marshmallow as we know it today was invented.
3. Vegetarian versions of marshmallows (using plant-based gelatin) do not have the same springiness as regular gelatin marshmallows. (yet another reason I will not be vegetarian or vegan).