Making marshmallows!

Picked up a wonderful book at the library: A Kid’s Herb Book for children of all ages. Delightfully written, it has stimulated a new interest for me. On page 27, we discovered that we could make our own root beer using sarsaparilla! How fun! We set out on a quest to several different natural food stores to find this root. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any of it; however on the same page we saw that we could make our own marshmallows if we found some marshmallow root powder. Yah! Only one store carried it and it was not root powder, but the root itself. So borrowing a mortar and pestle from our friend (thanks Robyn!) we crushed and ground the root up in order to make our marshmallow root powder.

Today we mixed the ingredients and baked the ‘marshmallows’ for an hour at a low temperature. The marshmallows were basically little meringues. The marshmallow root added  … well… a unique flavour, shall we say. My husband described it as a cross between a “moldy” and “the smell of an old person’s home” kind of flavour.  The verdict? We will not be making our own marshmallows anytime soon, however we are glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

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5 Comments

  1. Robyn said,

    May 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Mmmmm! Just what everyone wants to eat! fluffy mouldy old house bits. sounds so enticing? 🙂 Glad it worked though!

  2. Anne Scott said,

    May 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Kristen, you continue to amaze me. I was all excited about making marshmallows with my grandkids until I heard Dave’s comments about the taste!
    Anne

  3. Patti Tan said,

    May 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    LOL Dave…Your marshmallow root was probably just old from the store. Oh the things we do for our kids.

  4. Bethany said,

    May 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

    What a neat project!


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