3/22/2010

Curious Josh: This is For My Peeps...

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With a little under two weeks left until Easter, lots of people are out buying special Easter themed snacks. Some of my faves are jelly beans (almost any kind and always grabbing all the purples), Reese's Eggs, and (of course) Peeps.

Peeps, of course, are basically marshmallow and colored sugar (and are always better when left out for a day or two). And, the more I thought about Peeps, the more I began to wonder, what exactly is a marshmallow? Boom...

Technically, marshmallows are a confection -- a candy. They've been around in the form we know them since the mid-1800s.

They are called "marshmallows" because part of the early recipe called for sap from the root of the marshmallow plant. Later, the root was replaced by gelatin. Today, they're made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin beaten to a light spongy consistency.


Mmm... Now I want to go eat some peeps. To check out the article where I got this info (including a receipe for how to make your own marshmallows) click on over to here...

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