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Posted in Family and Friends | August 2013

A sweet toast to the end of summer

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If you’ve ever warmed yourself by a roaring bonfire on a chilly summer night, chances are you’ve also speared a marshmallow on a stick and carefully toasted it over the fire’s glowing embers. There’s nothing quite like the taste, feel and deliciously sweet smell of a marshmallow toasted to golden perfection over a campfire. The caramelized skin, the gooey molten center—what’s not to love?

In fact, toasted marshmallows are so awesome they even have their own day! National Toasted Marshmallow Day is a sticky-sweet celebration held on August 30. But did you know that marshmallow-y goodness isn’t a recent invention? Marshmallow candy actually originated in ancient Egypt. The recipe is a little different now, of course, but back then it was a honey candy flavored and thickened with marsh-mallow plant sap. Now gelatin replaces the sap, but we still call them marshmallows as a nod to the ancient recipe passed down through the ages.1

What sweet ways can you celebrate this delicious day?

  • With cooler nights setting in, it’s a perfect time for a bonfire with, of course, plenty of marshmallows!
  • If you want to get a little more elaborate, bring chocolate and graham crackers to the party and make s’mores with your toasted marshmallows.
  • Try making your own marshmallows from scratch!
  • If the weather isn’t great for a campfire or you’re not a campfire sort of person, try toasting marshmallows on a baking sheet under the broiler in your oven. Watch them carefully and remove when they’re done to your liking. Or opt for a different kind of toasted marshmallow experience and make a traditional sweet potato casserole topped with, of course, marshmallows.

It’s always nice when there’s a reason to indulge in something delicious, so dig out your sticks and skewers and make the most of Toasted Marshmallow Day. In fact, consider making it a family tradition and celebrate this fun, sweet day every year!

Enjoy!

SOURCES

1 http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/marshmallows.htm

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