How are heavenly little marshmallow treats really made, and what exactly is in there? Is there a difference between the ones you make at home, and the Peeps you just can’t resist picking up at the store? Join us as we find out how marshmallows are really made.
Americans do love their marshmallows. As a nation, the National Confectioners Association says that around 90 million pounds of marshmallow are sold every year, which is about the same weight as 1,286 gray whales. But what exactly is in the sugary treats?
According to The American Chemical Society, the ingredients in most marshmallows are pretty much what you’d expect. You have your sugar, corn syrup, modified cornstarch, and gelatin. And air is so important to the process that it’s pretty much an ingredient too, because you can’t achieve that pillowy texture without it. Some types of marshmallows might also have some coloring or flavoring added, but for the most part, the ingredients are pretty simple.
Watch the video for more about How Marshmallows Are Really Made!
The ingredients | 0:15
Why gelatin? | 0:58
Mixing and beating | 1:53
The extrusion process | 2:37
Store-bought or homemade? | 3:32
Change is good | 4:26
Marshmallow fluff | 5:12
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