Fluffy clouds of sugary joy, December 7th is a day dedicated to marshmallows!
History of Marshmallow Day
Marshmallows were first documented in Europe in the 18th century.
This was very expensive and labor intensive at the time, and generally unaffordable for the average person.
We usually associate sugary treats like this with a dentist’s worst nightmare, but you’d be surprised to know that machine-spun marshmallows were invented by dentists.
In 1897, dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton invented machine-spun cotton candy.
At the 1904 World’s Fair, the sweet treat was introduced to a wider audience as Fairy Floss.
How to make cotton candy without a machine
Craving cotton candy but don’t have a machine?
No need to worry, we’ve got you covered!
To make marshmallows without a machine, sugar is heated, liquefied, and spun into very thin strands.
- corn syrup
- Raspberry, lemon, almond, vanilla, or other extracts or flavored oils
- food coloring
- cooking spray or vegetable oil
- candy thermometer
- Clear some space on the counter or table to swirl the sugar on the parchment. To avoid smudging the hot gooey, place plastic wrap or newspaper under the parchment.
- In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt and stir over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Check the temperature of the mixture with a thermometer to make sure it has reached 320 degrees.
- Place sugar mixture into a large heat-safe mixing bowl.This will prevent the sugar from cooking further
- Dip the tip of your whisk into the mixture and quickly drizzle the thin strands of sugar back and forth on the parchment paper until you have a firm “nest” of strands of candy. The sugar will start to thicken after about 10 minutes, but can be microwaved to return to the desired consistency. You can eat chunks of marshmallow here, or spin it onto a lollipop or popsicle stick.
- Marshmallows can be served in sticks or cones, on ice cream or other desserts, or even by hand, depending on the recipe you use.
Sweets not for you?
Here are the other days celebrated today:
- National Pearl Harbor Memorial Day
- International Civil Aviation Day
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