Thursday, August 30, 2012

National Toasted Marshmallow Day



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By Diane Forrest

My mother is involved with several Women's organizations at our church.  Every year they meet at a camp about an hour away for meetings.  My mother, not known for her camping skills, attends this camp every year.  When she returned home last weekend, she told us stories about how they gathered around the campfire, sang songs and toasted marshmallow.   This brought back memories of my younger days.  We would take coat hangers. Unbend them and skewer them with marshmallow. Then hold them over the flames of the campfire until they caught on fire, then we would run around and chase people with flaming marshmallows. It is amazing that we never got burned by having a flaming marshmallow stuck to our skin!
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Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day.  There are some views why it occurs at the end of the month.  Some think that its the end of the summer, time to get the last campfire in before starting back to school.   This tradition was invented by Earnest Patrick Finn in the late 18th century. A marshmallow is placed on the end of a stick or skewer and held carefully over the fire until it turns golden brown or is burnt. This creates a caramelized outer skin with a liquid, molten layer underneath. According to individual preference, the marshmallows are heated to various degrees — from gently toasted to a charred outer layer according to gone-to-putt.com.
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The history of marshmallows dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Pharaohs used to eat the sweet extract that comes from squeezing mallow plants. It wasn't until the 19th century that marshmallows evolved to become the delicious treats we know and love today.
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So grab a bag of marshmallows and some sticks and head out to the campfire to make your own memories.  You can even sandwich the marshmallows between some graham crackers and a piece of chocolate and make some s’mores!  Just please don't chase anyone with a flaming marshmallow.

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