There is a marshmallow plant, and marshmallows used to be made from the extract of its roots, but today it is made of corn syrup, gelatin, gum arabic, egg and flavorings. The gelatin is softened in water and gum Arabic and flavorings are added. They look like little fluffy pillows of sugar. Marshmallow creme is a thick, whipped mixture of the stuff sold in jars. Commercial marshmallows where introduced in the 19th century. Marshmallow cream is also available in jars and is simply whipped marshmallow. Marshmallows are loved by adults and children. Marshmallows come in two sizes large and mini. They can be eaten as is, placed on top of hot chocolate, used to make desserts if many kinds.
Season: available year-round
How to select: Marshmallows come in various shapes, sizes and colors.
How to prepare: Used frequently as a topping for hot cocoa and mixed in fudge, ice cream and candies.
Substitutions: marshmallow creme = marshmallow fluff = Gently heat 16 ounces of marshmallows plus 1/4 cup corn syrup in a double boiler, stirring constantly; 10 large marshmallows = 1 C miniature marshmallows.