Marshmallow got its name from the mallow plant ( Athaea Officinalis ) that grows
wild in marshes.
The modern marshmallow confection was invented by French in the mid-1800s. Slowly,
root of the mallow plant was replaced by gelatin as binding agent which still gave
the candy its signature pillowy texture and the candy still kept the old name.
However, in 1948, another milestone in the development of the modern marshmallow
was the extrusion process by the American Alex Doumak.
He created and patented the extrusion process.
The extrusion process allows marshmallow to be produced in a fully automated way
It involves taking the marshmallow ingredients and running it through tubes. The
ingredients are cut into equal pieces and rolled in a mixture of finely powdered
cornstarch and confectioner's sugar.
In 1950s, marshmallow became extremely popular in the United States and was used
in a variety of food recipes.