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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Marshmallows 
Answer/Pointer: Marshmallows - Origins Q. - What are marshamllows made of? I once heard that they are derived from a type of marsh plant, hence the name, but is this still true? A. - Not anymore. But it is true that when marshmallows wee first made, back in the 1800's, they contained the gummy juice found in the root of the marshmallow plant, a perennial herb with pink flowers. Today, instead of the sticky juice, unflavored gelatin is mixed with a sugar-syrup mixture to make marshmallows. Source: Good Housekeeping Magazine, Dec. 1993. 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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