What did I miss posting on August 30?

September 2, 2012

In case you missed it, August 30 was Toasted Marshmallow Day. These days marshmallows are a confection, but they started out as a medicinal product made from the extract of the marshmallow flower, a wildflower with a sticky sap.  The concoction was used as a demulcent – a compound that forms a smooth or protective coating over an irritated or inflamed area.  This was a time-intensive process, and as industrialization provided commercial gelatin and sugar became more readily available, recipes were developed and marshmallows became easier to create.

Here is a history of marshmallows at About.com.

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