Marshmallows. There’s not much to them. They’re just simple puffs of sugar, right? Wrong! While marshmallows might seem like another simple invention of the modern junk food age, they’re actually an ancient form of confection dating back to Ancient Egypt, and in the past 2,000 years, there have been some fascinating moments in mallow history. These little sugar puffs are a lot more interesting than they first appear.
Just as a plain marshmallow becomes a complex, multi-layered treat when you brown it over the fire, so the history of the marshmallow reveals itself to be long and complex if you take the time to explore it. So read on to learn some surprising facts about this essential campfire food.