Americas Favorite Fundraiser: Boyer Candies - History of Marshmallow

History of Marshmallow

Marshmallows come from the sweet sap of the “Mallow” Plant that grows in salty marshes near large bodies of water and grow 2 to 4 feet high.


The ancient Egyptians used the mallow root for making their candied delicacies for their Gods, Nobility and Pharaohs over 2000 years ago. Since it was a crime for anyone else to eat this sugarlike treat , children looked to honey and figs to cure their sweet tooth.

Egyptian marshmallows were a mixture of Mallow sap, honey, grains and baked into cakes. The Romans and the Greeks loved the Mallow Plant; they believed that brewed mixtures of the Mallow sap cured soar throats and pains . The sugar mixture was found among Hipppocrates medical treatments. During the 15th and 16th centuries marshmallow liquids were given as treatments for toothaches, coughs sore throats indigestion and diarrhea It was even believed to have been used as a love potion at this time.

It was the French during the 1800’s that changed the use of the mallow plant from mainly medicinal to more of a candy consumed by adults. French shop owners discovered that cooking and whipping marshmallow sap with egg whites and corn syrup created an easily moldable substance. This is where the marshmallow as we know it today was born!

In the 1900’s Marshmallow was being sold as penny candies in tiny tins. It was at this time that the Boyer Brothers, interested in growing their neighborhood business, started experimenting with marshmallow crème and tried to cover it in chocolate. After many unsuccessful attempts, their mother Emily suggested they put it in a paper cup, using the only thing that they had available- a paper cup cake holder. They tried once more, and... Success! The Mallo Cup was born!