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Ways to Enjoy National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Updated on January 19, 2013

What Holiday IS August 30?

Well, August 30 is a holiday, but is not well a very well known one. In fact, it is... National Toasted Marshmallow Day! Yeah, I can see that you've never even heard about it, so I guess I'll tell you. National Marshmallow Day DOESN'T HAVE an origin we know of, but people figured it out somehow. It is mainly a family holiday TO go camping, making a fire, and toasting marshmallows to mark the end of the wonderful season called summer and the (sometimes dreadful) beginning of the school year. After all, toasted marshmallows can BE a wonderful treat! (If you're feeling guilty, put some berries on top.) Some people like marshmallows "liquidy" on the inside, and firm on the outside, some enjoy a really burned one, and some just burn it until it is golden brown on the side. But who said that on the second-to-last day of summer you couldn't celebrate with something else, other than TOASTED marshmallows? How about a mashed marshmallow shake? ( it's also a tongue twister.) Or a marshmallow ice cube? Sounds weird, but you can make all of those things. Lets find out how.

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First of all, did you know about this holiday?

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History of the Toasted and Untoasted Marshmallow

the marshmallow plant
the marshmallow plant

While most people think that the marshmallow is a modern treat, it is not. In fact, the first "marshmallow" dates back to Ancient Egypt, when pharaohs used to extract the sap of the marshmallow plant, sometimes mixing it with honey and nuts. It must have been delicious, because people now started imitating the inside of the stem you know today. Another pre-modern recipe was to peel back the outside of the stem, boil the inside in sugar syrup, and then dried. The original marshmallow was also used by the Romans and Greeks, who used it as cold medicine.

But, marshmallows kept getting more modern. For example, the in 19th century France, manufacturers whipped up the sap and sweetened it, creating something more similar to the modern marshmallow. But a little later, in the late 19th century, they created a way around using the marshmallow plant, instead making them out of egg whites and modified corn starch. But the sad fact is, all of this was still being done by hand.

In 1948, however, Alex Doumak created a way to create marshmallows by machine. The machine mixed the ingredients, then ran the the ingredients through tubes, hardening them and "gluing" them together in the process. It produced soft, long cylinders, which was later cut into smaller cylinders and rolled in sugar and powdered cornstarch. Although the making of the modern marshmallow eliminated its original healing properties, who knows? The way we make marshmallows might change over time, but that will not change how the world enjoys them.

As for the toasted marshmallow, no one knows where it came from, maybe people just realized that you COULD cook marshmallows, or it was done by accident, again, the toasted marshmallow remains a favorite treat.

a weird question, really...

toasted marshmallow
toasted marshmallow

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this brand comes in a lot of colors, and the shirt says "I "heart" marshmallows

You will also need a blender or a mixer for this recipe. Also, if you want a toasted marshmallow on top, you'll need a fire, of course.

If you want, you can put some berries in the blender too!

  • Prep time: 1 min
  • Cook time: 4 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: about 4

Ingredients

  • marshmallows
  • milk
  • a little ice
  • ice cream (if you want it instead of the milk and ice)
  • (optional) some berries

Instructions

  1. 1. Make sure the marshmallows are not over hot or cold, because that will make it too liquidy or chunky.
  2. 2. Put the marshmallows and the milk and ice / ice cream in the blender
  3. 3. Blend until the marshmallows are in smaller chunks and spread evenly.
  4. MAKE SURE NOT TO BLEND FOR TOO LONG, BECAUSE THEN YOUR SHAKE WILL BE TOO LIQUIDY!
  5. 4. pour the mixture into a glass or a mug
  6. 5. (optional) Toast a marshmallow over a fire and put on top
  7. 6. Enjoy!
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Marshmallow Ice Cubes

The reason this takes 12 hours is because you need to let the ice cubes freeze, so I would leave it overnight.

You might make some REALLY hot hot chocolate, and then put the ice cubes in to cool it off.

You will need an ice cube tray for this also.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 11 hours 45 min
  • Ready in: 12 hours
  • Yields: it depends on how many ice cubes you make, usually about 5 or 6

Ingredients

  • marshmallows
  • water
  • (optional) berries

Instructions

  1. 1. Put a marshmallow and maybe some berries in one hole in the ice cube tray.
  2. 2. Do this for the remaining holes left in your tray.
  3. 3. Freeze over night.
  4. 4. Put in a drink, and enjoy!
  5. You can also make other variations of the marshmallow ice cube, this is just the basic recipe. I'm sure you can come up with some yourself!
  6. I'll give you some ideas.
  7. You'll need a tub of water for this one. Create an animal or a shape using marshmallows and toothpicks, freeze in the tub of water, and of course, you'll eat it afterward.

Marshmallow Kabob

Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

You will need kabob sticks for this recipe, and maybe a fire.

  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: it depends

Ingredients

  • marshmallows
  • berries (any kind)
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • chocolate syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. WAY #1
  2. 1. This one's easy. Just put berries and marshmallows in a creative (and delicious too!) order so it is fun to serve and eat.
  3. 2. Enjoy!
  4. WAY #2
  5. 1. Put ONE marshmallow per stick, and make sure the loner is in the middle of the stick.
  6. 2. Toast the marshmallow.
  7. 3. Stick the berries on both sides of the marshmallow, and you're done!
  8. 4. Enjoy!
  9. WAY #3
  10. 1. Cover the marshmallows in sprinkles.
  11. 2. Put them on a kabob stick.
  12. 3. Leave them in the oven to melt JUST FOR A LITTLE BIT so the surface of the marshmallows is smooth, not bumpy with the sprinkles.
  13. 4. That's it, the perfect sprinkled marshmallow, enjoy!
Fox Run Bamboo Skewers, Set of 100
Fox Run Bamboo Skewers, Set of 100

100, all bamboo and 6 inches

 

Marshmallow S'mores, Perfected

You probably know how to make the basic s'mores, a graham cracker, then a piece of milk chocolate, then a toasted marshmallow, and and finally, another graham cracker.

But, you can perfect the recipe.

You'll need a fire again.

And an oven.

Serving Size

Serves: 1 or 2 (unless you make more)

Ingredients

  • marshmallows
  • graham crackers
  • milk chocolate
  • white chocolate
  • and any kind of chocolate you can find
  • berries
  • at least one pack of Oreos
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. 1. Place a piece of white chocolate on top of a piece of a graham cracker.
  2. 2. Put your chocolate/graham cracker sandwich in the oven for 1 minute, allowing the chocolate to melt so it becomes a little liquidy, but not watery, and take the whole thing out.
  3. 3. Add a layer of whipped cream.
  4. 4. Crumble the bread part of the Oreo on top of the whipped cream and cover with a graham cracker.
  5. 5. Toast a marshmallow and place it on the last graham cracker you put on. (By the way, you don't HAVE to toast them.)
  6. 6. And top with the third and last graham cracker. Enjoy!
  7. YOU CAN CHANGE THE TYPE OF CHOCOLATE IN YOUR S'MORE FROM WHITE TO MILK AND DARK TOO!

And anything else!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      I missed National Toasted Marshmallow Day this year, but will certainly calendar it for 2013!

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      colleenw1 4 years ago

      I love a good toasted marshmallow... Yum....

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      To celebrate this day I would have a marshmellow & PB sandwich. Yep, I really eat it.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      If I have a marshmallow on hand, I will definately eat it! Nice and informative lens.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I should have the night off work that night so I see a fire in the pit in my future!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Properly not, but I would enjoy a few cooled marshmallows.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I like 'em golden brown. "Patience, young master."