The Origins of the Marshmallow
Marshmallow, a key ingredient in Smores, is a chewy-textured confection with a history dating back to ancient times. The first marshmallows were made from the root of the marshmallow plant, cultivated for its medicinal properties. Over time, the marshmallow recipe evolved into the sweet, chewy candy we know today.
The Transformation of Medicinal Marshmallow into Confectionery
The marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis) was first used by the Egyptians over 2000 years ago. The Egyptians created a pasty substance from the marshmallow root, which they mixed with honey to create a confectionery for gods and nobles.
In the 19th century, French confectioners began using marshmallow extract to create marshmallow pastes, precursors to modern day marshmallows. However, the production of these marshmallows was laborious and expensive. It wasn't until the early 20th century, with the introduction of gelatin, that marshmallows became easier to produce, paving the way for the marshmallow as we know it today.
The History of Smores
Smores are an iconic symbol of American culture. This treat is traditionally prepared around a campfire and is especially popular on summer evenings.
The Birth of the SmoresThe exact origin of Smore is a bit unclear, but the first written recipe is found in the 1927 Girl Scouts guide, "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts". However, it is very likely that this delicacy was savored long before this publication.
Smores are made with three simple ingredients: a piece of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow, all wedged between two graham crackers. The name "Smore" is a contraction of the English expression " some more ", which means "still a little".
Innovative Ideas for Savoring Marshmallows
Marshmallow is extremely versatile and can be used in many ways to add a sweet and chewy touch to various recipes. Here are some innovative suggestions that will inspire your taste buds and stimulate your culinary creativity.
Reinvent the classic Smore with a twist. Use a shortbread biscuit as a base, add a square of high quality dark chocolate and top it off with a marshmallow from our Marshmallow Factory
Add a sweet and creamy twist to your favorite milkshake by adding marshmallows from La Guimauverie . The marshmallows will melt into the milkshake, giving it a smooth texture and an irresistible sweet taste.
Chocolate Cake and Marshmallows
Add a layer of marshmallows on top of your favorite chocolate cake before baking. The marshmallows will melt and caramelize, creating a sweet, sticky topping that perfectly complements the rich taste of chocolate.
And to say that it all started from a plant
The story of Marshmallow and Smores is one of captivating simplicity. These treats, which bring back childhood memories for many, continue to inspire and innovate. Thanks to passionate bakers like Guillaume, the marshmallow is now getting the attention it deserves, proving that with creativity and dedication, even the simplest ingredients can be transformed into exceptional culinary delights. Now more than ever, La Guimauverie marshmallows are a great way to reinvent and savor this classic confection.