A long story going back more than 4000 years
The word "marshmallow" derives from the mallow plant, specifically Althaea officinalis, which is a herb native to parts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia. This plant grows in marshes and other damp areas.
The history of marshmallows dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who were the first to use and make remedies from the root of the mallow plant. They used it to soothe coughs, sore throats, and heal wounds. Later, around the year 1800, owners of small candy shops in France started adding indulgent ingredients to the sap from the mallow root to achieve a fluffy texture with an enjoyable bite. They called this creation "Pâte de Guimauve."
Today, our marshmallows are no longer made from the mallow flower itself but instead consist of sugar, water, air, and a whipping agent. These different ingredients still provide the same fluffy texture, offering a moment of indulgence and instant pleasure when consuming our marshmallows.