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National Toasted Marshmallows Day

Posted by Brittany

National Toasted Marshmallow DayNot only are sweet, puffy marshmallows delicious, but they’re also inspired by the Althaea Officinalis, the mallow plant used in ancient Egypt for medicinal purposes. The ancient Egyptians also made candy from the plant by extracting it’s sap and mixing it with nuts and honey. In the 19th century French confectioners sweetened and whipped the marshmallow sap to create a treat similar to modern manufactured marshmallows. Today’s marshmallows can be enjoyed in a variety of food and drink recipes, or even all by themselves, but perhaps their most popular venue is the backyard campfire.

Like all good things, Summer is coming to an end. And as the evenings are growing shorter what better way is there to bid adieu to the warm, relaxing weather than by roasting marshmallows over a roaring campfire? Roasting a marshmallow caramalizes its outer skin while liquifying it’s inner core into a sinfully sweet goo. Whether you desire a charred marshmallow, or a lightly browned one, National Toasted Marshmallows Day is a day to get out there and torch those puffs!

It’s no secret that I love childish activities. In fact, with Fall on the horizon I can’t wait to get out to our nearest pumpkin patch for a little petting farm action and corn maze adventure. And even though I’m not a huge fan of camping, I love silly campfires. Sure, adult campfires centered around alcohol and tomfoolery can be a lot of fun, but I also really enjoy the childish campfires featuring ghost stories, sing-a-longs, and S’mores. Last year when we went camping with a couple hundred of our fellow county residents as part of a parks and recreation program, we were the only couple without children. But that didn’t stop us from gathering around the campfire, enjoying the warm summer evening, and toasting some delicious marshmallows.

It was already getting dark by the time Chris and I got home tonight, so while I worked on dinner, he worked on getting a fire started in our fire pit. The flames were ready right as I was taking our food off the burners, so while our meal cooled we ate a little early marshmallow dessert.

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